Florida shooting: Remember violence is viral
FIFTY people died in the worst mass shooting in US history on Sun day when a gunman opened fire at a packed gay nightclub in Or lando, Florida. The FBI is investigating the incident including possible radical leanings of 29-year-old suspect Omar Mateen, an AmericanAfghan, who too was killed at the scene, but, as usual, some media reports have quoted ‘sources’ to link the attack with IS.
The attack cannot be justified on any account and therefore, its universal condemnation is understandable. But it reflected one thing that societies stand brutalized the world over and how a virus-bitten mad man can cause havoc. What we see in different parts of the world especially in unending conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, is psychologically affecting young people around the world. Some conflicts are seen as examples of state-sponsored extremism and terrorism directed against some particular communities. Unfortunately, attempts are being made to link the phenomenon with Islam but experts agree that political injustice as well as poverty and underdevelopment and a sense of marginalisation and exclusion that comes from lack of governance, particularly at the local level, are seen as drivers associated with violent extremism. In this case too, father of the suspect told a television channel that his son might have been motivated by homophobia and not by his faith but White House hopeful Donald Trump was quick to justify his views about Muslims citing the incident as a threat to the US. The fact remains that such incidents could be result of individual or group behaviour of a handful of people, who, in no way, represent any faith; but attempts to create linkages with a particular religion widen the trust deficit and harm inter-faith harmony. We believe that instead of giving such incidents a particular twist and use them as a justification to push a particular community to the wall, there is need for global community to join hands to discourage brutalisation of societies. The objective can be achieved if some restrictions are imposed on projection and glorification of extremist and terrorist tendencies by print, electronic and social media.