Profiling is best way to curb terrorism
WRITE TO US
IN RESPONSE to Themba Dube of Tshwane (letter published on December 30), he makes some valid but misconstrued observations.
His religious assertions are best dealt with by Muslim clerics, but there are some serious misconceptions.
In all my years of Islamic travels, lectures, literature and basic education, I am yet to hear anyone say go and kill someone.
Dube is welcome to go to any mosque (Tshwane has plenty and Laudium is not too far) on a Friday around midday to see what is discussed first-hand.
In fact, Islam sanctifies and protects all life – human, animal and plant – regardless of denomination.
France has been very accommodating towards Muslims (despite the burka issue) and has been a strong defender of Israeli-occupied Palestine’s statehood.
Europe has had acts of terror, and not too long ago, the IRA fought bloody battles too. These were not Islamists.
Let’s look at the “Islamist acts and actors of terror” on European soil. 1. Madrid train attack. 2. Bataclan theatre and French stadium attacks. These were seven incidents in one go. 3. Berlin. See who the actors were and their profile.
In acts of terror, more often than not, the foot soldiers or “useful idiots” are completely different from the ringleaders.
Similar to the narcotics trade, the mules differ from the ringleaders, and when one mule goes, another will be waiting.
Such profiling is used by intelligence, anti-narcotics and security agencies all over the world. Singapore even categorised certain Dutch females as possible drug mules!
One does not look at or blame a person’s religion for drug mules or dealers. Profiling is different from bland accusations.
Even the insurance industry bases premiums on history and profiles and risk of occurrence. One may question the Berlin incident, and here a theory that arises is similar to the xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal.
Is it that in France many second-generation descendants are unhappy with Germany’s liberal attitude towards refugees, as some of these people would soon be, or are already, competing for lower-end jobs, state resources and even social partners? In all of this a trend emerges. As for recent acts of terror in Europe, most if not all alleged perpetrators had a criminal conviction, hedonistic lifestyle, single men (in fact, neither homosexual nor heterosexual), unemployed, disgruntled and socially displaced.
None of these are or were Islamist fundamentalists like the Bin Laden type, and were more likely to be seen in pubs or night lubs than a mosque. So what fuels this mindset? Theories can vary, and some say it’s the petrodollar Wahhabism version of Islam that gave rise to the fundamentalists.
Some say the Israel Palestine issue, Iraq and stationing of US military personnel in Saudi Arabia, and now other mini wars.
It’s easy to blame a religion, just as during apartheid, certain races represented progress and others criminality and backwardness.
If we look at Muslim immigrants, nationalities and languages, all vary. East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia and the Asean region) has the world’s largest Muslim population – no perpetrators from there).
Profiling will definitely assist in reducing actors and acts of terror on innocent civilians or abrogation of human rights. This is the only way. Durban North