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A cry for calm hands

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10.06.2017

MATURITY in handling domestic as well as international challenges must be presumably a prerequisite for any country’s leaders but glaring recent examples suggest otherwise. Shooting-from-the-hip statements and responses remain dominant.

Perhaps, the only contrasting example came from the Iranians after terrorists launched attacks on the country’s parliament and the tomb of Imam Khomeini who symbolises the 1979 revolution.

The Iranians were quick to acknowledge that all five attackers, who were killed at the two different sites, were ‘locals’ (one can assume that means Iranian nationals) who’d left the country after joining the militant Islamic State (IS) group and had participated in the “crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqa (in Iraq and Syria respectively)”.

The Iranian ministers’ reaction to the Tehran attacks shows a level of maturity that has not been seen of late.

A statement by Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, added: “The network of this terrorist group has been identified and some of its members have been arrested … We still cannot judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident.”

This was remarkable restraint given the temptation to somehow implicate the regional arch-rival in the incident because it hosted a summit of nearly 50 Muslim leaders on the occasion of a state visit by US President Donald Trump with the more or less one-point agenda of demonising Iran.

Just before the summit, the rising........

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