# Aleph representative Fumihiro Joyu's view on the
terrorist attacks of September 11th (Excerpted and summarized from his
First of all, I would like to express my deep condolences
to the victims, who are said to count 6,000 or more. The terrorist attacks
on the centers of the USA on September 11th astonished us all.
Next, I must say, with due reflection on the past, we deny any types of
violence. We therefore strongly oppose the terrorist attacks of September
We truly pray the world politics and economy will get over the difficulties
ahead and stabilize. But in order to have our pray realized, we have to
look in depth at the cause of the problems and then to get rid of it rather
than to deal with other superficial matters, don't we?
The USA vs. terrorism structure, I think, not only results from the existing
conflicts of different religions and ideologies, but also is another form
of terrorists' emotional outburst of envies and hatred etc. against the
USA, which at least to their eyes have been monopolizing the world's wealth
and power. The allied forces of the USA and UK have recently started attacking
Afghanistan. I understand how sad and how angry the bereaved families
and American people feel right now. But I wonder if the exercise of power
can solve the problem at all.
Of course, investigations into such criminal acts and the punishment of
the people involved are necessary. And yet, we are afraind that we will
not be able to root out terrorism from the earth unless we settle structural
incoherencies that exist in the international community. Air raids that
victimize innocent people can only lead to the next terrorism and prolonged
warfare, causing increased tragedies and unhappiness. The same is true
with terrorists. I believe that they have to understand that terrorism
cannot solve any problem. Only efforts with patience can do it. If otherwise
resorting to power, they will end up miserable destruction with their
Talking back to the structural incoherencies that exist in the international
community, we are living in the world where over one billion of people
in developed countries eat too much; whereas over one billion of people
in developing countries, many of which happen to be Islamic, hardly eat
enough, in another word, starving. Besides, what is known as "globalism,"
which developed countries are keen on promoting, seems to be only good
for their existing gigantic capitalists and multinationals and is likely
to lead to widening the gap between the haves and have-nots.
The gap between the rich and the poor will lead to the difference in military
strength. Many Muslims, especially in the Middle East, feel they are treated
in an insulting way, to say the least, unfairly in the international community.
Moreover, mass consumption by greedy developed countries seems to be causing
environmental problems on the global scale. And its prime victims are
always developing countries. However, because developed countries do not
want to see their economies sluggish, the problem hardly find its way
Thus the more discontented, grudging and envying people in developing
countries become, the more motivated terrorists become against the USA,
which is involved in the Middle East problems and is a symbol of developed
countries. In the past our organization has made grave mistakes. Duly
reflecting on them, we have decided to completely deny the use of power
and are currently making our utmost efforts to compensate for what we
have done in the past as much as possible.
On the other hand, while inheriting the ideology of social reform from
Aum Shinrikyo but at the same time sticking to the perfect nonviolence,
we would like to assert and to exercise uplifting people's moral as well
as reforming the structure of the international community so that no more
terrorist attacks take place.
I believe that the world needs the third path, which is neither of the
path of terrorism nor that of exploitation. That is what we need for the
Making best of the bitter experience of Aum Shinrikyo that victimized
many people, Aleph would like to contribute to the society in the 21st
century, and that way we believe our condolences can reach the victims
in the Aum incidents and all other terrorist attacks.