Terrorism carries “germs” of World War 3, says Italian President Sergio Mattarella. In a message to the 36th Annual Rimini Meeting, the Italian President appealed for solidarity and unity among peoples and cultures. Terrorism fueled by “fanatical distortions of faith in God” is introducing the seeds of World War 3 in the Middle-East, Mediterranean, and Africa.
Tackle terrorism forcefully to avert World War 3
Mattarella said it was our collective responsibility to diffuse the threat. That’s because the world peace depends on the ability of monotheistic religions to understand each other and communicate with each other. The Italian President also issued a strong call for welcoming migrants in Europe. He urged European countries to treat migrants with kindness and humanity.
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Mattarella said terrorist should be tackled more forcefully to avert a possible World War 3. He cited the threats posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Islamic State in the Middle-East and North Africa, Al-Qaeda affiliates in most of the Islamic countries, and lone wolves in Europe. His statement comes as the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb blast near a state security building in Cairo.
Iran has expressed similar concerns
Mattarella echoes the concerns expressed by Iran’s Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the powerful Expediency Council. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said earlier this month that the U.S. and NATO created geopolitical conditions that fueled terrorism. Washington invaded Afghanistan to root out terrorism, but terror activities in the region have only increased.
In March, Jordan’s King Abdullah had called the fight against the Islamic State a World War 3. He had urged all the religions to unite in the fight against the ISIS. However, there are other fronts as well where a third World War could break out. Rising tensions between Russia and NATO over the Ukraine crisis could trigger a major war. NATO has stepped up military activity in Eastern Europe along the Russian border to counter any potential Russian aggression.