In an age where Islamic terrorism has struck the world, taking civilian lives, destroying great civilisations and displacing people across many continents, political leaders ought to make the following joint pledge in a united effort against the barbarous forces of terrorism.
–to support all legitimate governments fighting terrorism on their own soil;
–to cooperate and coordinate any military action requested by UN recognised states in the fight against terrorism;
–to share intelligence with all responsible state actors;
–to renounce any military unilateralism;
–to refrain from illegal military or political intervention in sovereign states;
–to recognise the United Nations as the only legitimate forum to voice concern over any disagreements which may arise in the fight against terrorism;
–to respect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities who have been displaced and injured by acts of terror;
–to fight terrorism without any ideologically driven ulterior motive;
–to accept that ordinary Muslims and Middle East Christian communities are the first and most numerous to suffer at the hands of Islamic terrorists;
–to refuse to cooperate with states whose actions in terrorist conflicts are driven by religious motives, geo-politicking or territorial ambitions;
By agreeing to these simple terms, world leaders could show a bold and united front against the biggest threat to human civilisation since 1945.