Some Signs Of Leadership In Wake Of Paris Terror Attack
While President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been criticized for not attending a unity rally in the aftermath of the attack on the offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, some have emerged from the darkness to show leadership.
Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, delivered a terse and blunt speech in which he said that Islamist extremists living in the West who “turn against freedom” should simply leave the country.
“It’s incomprehensible that you turn against freedom like that, but if you don’t like this freedom, for heaven’s sake, get your suitcase, and leave,” the 53-year-old said, according to The Independent.
His address calling out Islamic radicals comes days after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi also earned distinction by demanding a revolution by moderate Muslims to stand in defense of their religion.
I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You imams are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting on you. The entire world is waiting for your word because the Islamic world is being torn, it is being destroyed, and it is being lost. And it is being lost by our own hands,” el-Sissi said. “We need a revolution of the self, a revolution of consciousness and ethics to rebuild the Egyptian person – a person that our country will need in the near future,” he said.
Another demonstration of leadership was shown by the Turkish daily, Cumhuriyet, which merits note for being the sole publication in a majority Muslim country to reproduce a special section of cartoons and articles from the Charlie Hebdo issue, reports the newspaper, Expatica.