Wie auf die Terrorattacke in Wien reagieren?


Report in English:

UPF Austria held an online conference on 10 November 2020 to address the violent amok run, which was then deemed a terror attack, in Vienna on Monday 2 November. Four diverse speakers shared their expertise and views led by Peter Haider, President UPF Austria.

Mr. Haider asked how could such radicalization take place? He referred to a Peace Road Event completed just last week. Then he quoted Maslov’s hierarchy of social needs as interpreted by Joshua Sinclair. The issue of prestige and dignity as a basic human need urges us to look further.

Dr. Zekirija Sejdini, Professor for Islam in modern society at the Philological-Cultural Science Faculty, University of Vienna

Terror has been present the last 20 years. We would be ill-advised to believe we can eliminate it completely or ignore it. It is irrelevant whether the radicalization is religious, political, national, left wing or right wing. These groups which recruit are specialized groups who know how to hook their targets – weak, susceptible to radicalization, people who seek recognition, a position, often very young, have experienced discrimination. Professor Sejdini was in Vienna City at the time and was shocked and personally felt hurt. He said that Balkan Islam is a little different than the Arab Islam. The terrorist came from North Macedonia. But he was socialised in Austria. This has nothing to do with the Islam of the Balkans. He was born here and grew up here. This terrorist is a product of his context, of the world open society we have here, which is vulnerable. The people behind should be made accountable. The success of such activities depends on the reaction of the society. They can create division. If we unite then it is successful.

Dr. Helga Kerschbaum, NGO Committee on Peace, UN Vienna

Dr Kerschbaum was a judge in Vienna, studied in Kyoto, Japan, lived in Paris, France and Cape Town, South Africa. She spoke of the South Africa during and after apartheid. She said that Nelson Mandela included all in his solution, building bridges, leaving nobody behind. In her book Kultur des Wohlwollens published in 2004 she suggests we should want to get on with each other, just because we are here. She said this is not the case in Austria. Not all are doing well.

DI Ian Banerjee, Architect, Town planner and "Educational Researcher" at Technical University Vienna as Professor and Senior Researcher

was in the area and as a city planner wanted to observe the situation. There was a certain serenity, recognizing the fact, but not getting affected by it. Next day Mr Banerjee reflected on the emergency feeling. It reminded him of 9/11. He was in New York two weeks after 9/11. Felt solidarity, we’ll stick together. Every day the sea of candles at the site in Vienna was just like in NY. Urban innovation is his theme, in over 50 cities. The cohesive forces which hold a society together and those that divide a society. Terrorists want to drive us apart. People have managed to foster the cohesive forces. This is a theme in the city planning, to use the cohesive power of the society. Developed special techniques to use the collective cohesivity of the society to strengthen. The melting pot of big cities is very rich. Digitalization is bringing us a new world.

Dr. Stefan Stoev, Founder of IDEA Society

is convinced that people who create do not destroy. Believes art and culture play an important role. The youth needs to see that they can contribute to culture and art. This soft power is a diplomatic power. “My desire for my children and all children is that they learn how things are created and do not destroy. I gain hope for the future by recognizing talent all over the world in youth for art and culture.”

Peter Haider explained that 15 years ago, Chechens refugees came to us and they wanted to express their frustrations about the crimes committed against them. We suggested to them to see themselves not just as victims but as ambassadors of an interesting cultural heritage and share it with us. After showing a film about their terrible experiences, they cooked for us and a dance group introduced to us their traditional type of dancing. We all were enriched by this experience. Every nation and its people have so many stories and expressions of their culture which can be shared and in doing so they enrich and bring people closer together.

Lilly Gundacker

Peter Haider Tel.: 0650 2588846 , E-Mail: info@weltfriede.at