The RPP message condemning the Paris Attacks and expressing condolences to the French President and People.
On behalf of myself and my Party, the Rwanda People’s Party (RPP), wish to express our shock and anger at the multiple terror attacks on Paris.
We wish to categorically condemn these attacks and the terrorists who killed and injured so many. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the French President, Francois Hollande, his government and people of France.
In particular we want to express our sympathy to all those who died and all those who were injured in Paris. On the evening of Friday the 13th of November there were eight bomb and gun attacks across the French capital.
There were gun and bomb attacks on restaurants, cafes and a concert, where innocent people were socialising.
The worse attack was on the Bataclan concert hall, where terrorists attacked young people attending a rock concert and also cafes in its vicinity. Three terrorists took hostages in the Bataclan and when the security forces tried to release the hostages, the terrorists blew themselves up.
Approximately 100 people were killed in the concert venue. There were also three suicide bomb attacks on the Stade de France, where an international soccer match was being played. Three people were killed in this incident.
The French President was attending the match and had to be evacuated to safety. Some 30 more people were killed in the other six attacks.
The terrorists attacked sites that were ‘soft targets’ that is where civilians gathered with no protection and defenceless. It is believed that eight of the terrorists died in the attacks. It is not known if all the terrorists have died and the security forces are searching for those that may still be at large. At present the death tolls is 132 with 349 injured, and of these many are critical and are fighting for their lives.
Many of those injured and killed are believed to have been foreigners. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the infamous coordinated attacks.
The terrorists claimed that they struck Paris because of France’s involvement in air strikes in Syria.
President Hollande has declared a National Emergency and he has ordered the security forces to stay on the highest level of alert.
Troops have been rushed to Paris to guard the city. This is the first time that a State of Emergency has been declared in France since the Second World War.
This is the latest in a string of terror attacks on civilian targets around the world.
There have been bomb attacks in Ankara, Beirut, Mogadishu and elsewhere. The recent crash of a Russian plane in the Sinai is believed to be due to terrorist bomb.
Let there be no doubt that terrorists are waging a war against civilisation. It is essential that the international community come together as the world could be on the edge of an abyss because of their previous failures to tackle terrorism, the same way the world failed in the “War on Terror”.
The RPP believes that the world is failing to combat terrorism because the world is defining or branding terrorism as a “coin “with two faces.
Sometime terrorism may not be regarded as terrorism by some because of its geographical location and the geopolitical interests of the major powers.
This is one of the problems impeding the fight against global terrorism. It must be remembered that “terrorism operates all over the world and terrorist organizations don’t recognize borders.”
It is evil by its nature and by any definition. There is no good and bad terrorism. Whether it is terrorism such as that has just perpetrated on the French people in Paris or the terrorist attacks that has become a part of daily life in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Nigeria, Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Somalia, or that were carried out in Kenya, Spain, UK, US, Russia, or elsewhere in the world, it is simply called by that side of the “coin” named terrorism.
Yet sometimes the international community calls actions by the ‘other side of the coin’ and do not regard it as terrorism.
It does not matter if it is state sponsored terrorism, like the situation in Burundi where the President and his security forces, have turned their guns, to wreak havoc on their own citizens, whom they are supposed to protect, and then blame foreign countries for the daily horrific violence that in fact Nkuruzinza and his henchmen are perpetrating on their own people.
Every instances of terrorism should be treated in the same way and given the same importance and equally condemned by the international community.
It seems highly likely that terrorists will one day have a ‘dirty bomb’ and this could cause massive loss of life.
The RPP believes that the world is in greater danger from a ‘dirty bomb’ detonated by terrorist cells rather than from the nuclear weapon of the big-powers.
Let us not make any mistake or deceive ourselves, that terrorists will never be able to obtain nuclear bomb technology.
No country and no city in the world is immune or free from the barbarism of terrorism. This is why; the RPP is calling upon the international community to work together in the fight against terrorism.
The world needs to stop defining terrorism solely based upon individuals’ and governments perceptions and political interests.
It is essential that all right thinking governments stand vigorously against states, organisations and individuals who sponsor terrorism.
Those states, organisations and individuals’ responsible or suspected of organising, funding, supporting or aiding terrorism should be brought to justice wherever they can be found.
They should be made accountable for their actions and this will help to end the scourge of terrorism. The world needs to come together to tackle the root causes of terrorism rather than dealing with its symptoms. There is no justification for the barbaric acts, such as those carried out in Paris or elsewhere. Neither political causes nor religious belief can justify terrorism.
More than ever dialogue between peoples, nations and religious communities is necessary in order to unite all people of good will against barbarism and terrorism.
Once again the RPP would like to express our condolences to the French, President, government, people and the citizens of Paris.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those who lost their loved ones because of the terrorist attacks.
May God bless France and the French people!
John V Karuranga, President Rwanda People’s Party (RPP) www.rwandapeopleparty.org email@example.com Twitter @rppimvura Skype: John.Karuranga