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Commentary: Striking terrorism with zero tolerance

English.news.cn   2014-03-02 09:18:35

By Xinhua writer Huang Yan

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- A terrorist attack against civilians in southwest China Saturday night warns that terrorists deserve no sympathy and should be punished with zero tolerance.

The terrorists have stabbed to death at least 29 people and injured 130 in Kunming Railway Station, where some victims were migrant workers who planned to return to their factories after family reunions during the Spring Festival which falls on Jan 31 this year. And some others were almost stepping on the door mat of their homes.

The tragedy shocked and saddened people both informing and informed via the Internet. Many condemned and expressed their muffled and strangled feelings towards the violence.

Investigation indicates the murderers are separatists from northwest China's Uygur Autonomous Region. Many people's first reaction is why. Yunnan, home to 26 nationalities, boasts for its ethnic diversity and harmony. The province is among the most popular resorts in the country that attract tourists with both natural and cultural heritages. But for those separatists, to destroy the peace and harmony of such a place should be a choice that cannot be better.

An undisguised challenge against human nature and peace, the terror, however, can never shake our resolve -- terrorism that targets civilians in any form and at anywhere should be cracked down without hesitation.

The knife-wielding attackers are cowards, not martyrs. And their attempt to create public panic is doom to fail as what they did create is public rage and condemnation against their crime.

What people have expressed on the Internet shows that we are a lot stronger and more rational than expected. We are no fear of terror as long as justice is on our side.

Why are civilians always targeted worldwide by terrorists? Because they think it is a shortcut to create confrontation and hostility among people from different countries or with different ethnic backgrounds. But they are wrong. Blind hatred would do nothing good but make things even worse. We will definitely not be made a cat's paw. We will not made the terrorist violence a free recruitment advertisement for them. No way!

Netizens voluntarily call on people not to spread those bloody details and pictures not only to show respect to the victims but also unyielding attitude towards those coward-terrorists.

It is true that cowards die many times before their deaths. Behind every dark cloud the sun still shines. Let's make unanimous efforts to combat terrorism globally because no one is born to live in fear.

Editor: Yang Yi
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