Heartfelt thoughts on terrorism by an ordinary citizen

“If we don’t end war, war will end us”- a quote by H.G. Wells, simple as it is, this simple quote is the situation today our world has come to. Terror- is Fear. It is an appalling act that has destroyed millions of lives across the world. Terrorism is anger. Our world has witnessed such brutal acts for decades now. Every day there is a family ripped apart, a whole neighbourhood blown away, innocence lost . Terrorism is madness. This madness has engulfed countless number of innocent lives. There was the Taliban , al –qaida, Lashkar-e-taiba and today we have ISIS, Boko Haram and many other militant groups tormenting this world.

 

History stands witness to cruelty displayed by leaders swayed by baseless beliefs of superiority. Amidst the brutality laid down by the 2 world wars the world came across, the genocide of Jews by Hitler still haunts each one of us. The horrifying 9/11 World Trade center attacks took more than 2000 lives, more than a 100 were killed in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks ,the recent Peshavar school massacre killed more than a 1000 school children in broad daylight – all in the name of terror and for all the various selfish reasons justifying terror. The ongoing Syrian war has taken more than 21,000 lives of people in 2015. The recent Paris attacks in France made governments globally to come forward and fight terrorism. The UN Security Council (UNSC) has strengthened the international legal foundation for counterterrorism efforts by issuing numerous binding resolutions.

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But for how long would we act only after an innocent life is lost and after an incident occurs? Today media has taken the world by storm. But the same media which should be the symbol of hope and strength for all the distraught public merely states the count of all the lives lost for sensational news. Leaders , who stand for the people, politicize the issue and forget their crucial roles .Since when did life in itself become a number? Be it 10,000 or 43, the misery that follows such God forbidden acts are unimaginable. All kinds of answers are available when one talks about the root cause of terrorism.

 

Religion, unfortunately, has been stated to be one of these causes. Every religion has for ages taught just one thing- to lead life in peace and harmony. Islam means peace- then these terrorists are not and they cannot be called Muslims. Islam or any other religion does not teach us to spread fear but it teaches us the beauty of brotherhood and indeed makes us humans. It is now time to let go of the stereotypical beliefs of categorizing the society around us on the basis of our faiths.

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Whenever terror strikes there are innumerable debates that take place revolving who is responsible, and who should be prosecuted but seemingly lesser debates regarding the poor lives lost amidst this madness. When convicts like Yakub Menon & Afzal Guru were executed, the entire focus shifted from serving justice to all the victims of the 1993 blasts & the parliament attack and it became a hot new topic called-intolerance.The only way we can fight back to this menace of terrorism is by not politicizing everything but by adopting a broader perspective.

 

Military operations against brutal religious violence & political violence, campaigns with separate visions, conversations and summits of counterterrorism efforts that are meant only for suggestions are not enough at all. What we do need to show is how intolerant we can be when it comes to actually dealing with terrorism. Let us unify beyond our political & religious inherited thoughts for the prosperity of our world with peace and solidarity. Let us now start to believe that “we” are one.

 

We should never forget that “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. Let us all join our hands with our open minds, forgetting and coming out of the bounds of our beliefs irrespective of who we are, where we come from and what we stand for. Let us make this world a better place to live for all the generations to come. Let peace prevail.

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