World caught in web of ter­ror­ism

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

THE CHILL­ING mas­sacre of in­no­cent civil­ians in Eng­land must be con­demned by the global com­mu­nity.

We can­not af­ford a clash of civil­i­sa­tions. The en­tire world is caught in the vor­tex of global ter­ror­ism.

In the Mus­lim world, 50 in­no­cent peo­ple are killed every day as a re­sult of ter­ror­ism.

To re­duce the level of ter­ror­ism, or even con­tain it, we will have to deal with its man­i­fes­ta­tions and un­der­ly­ing causes.

To­day’s ter­ror­ism tran­scends po­lit­i­cal and ge­o­graph­i­cal bound­aries; it is sup­ported by pow­er­ful states and a mul­ti­tude of in­ter­na­tional ac­tors.

The poignant fact is that global peace has be­come a sub­ject at the UN and all en­deav­ours to at­tain it have been fu­tile as un­re­strained vi­o­lence has made its way to es­tab­lish its di­a­bol­i­cal might.

King­pins of ter­ror­ism were the por­tent of to­day’s pow­er­ful na­tions on the strength of whom they plot­ted to keep a hold on other na­tions, but lit­tle did they re­alise that snakes can­not be tamed.

Killing has be­come a di­ur­nal ac­tiv­ity, as a shaken and fright­ened world sits view­ing the dance of death as spec­ta­tors.

It was Mark Twain who said: “Peace by per­sua­sion has a pleas­ant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the hu­man race first, and history seems to show that,that can­not be done.”

The world is soaked in blood of the in­no­cent vic­tims of bru­tal 21st cen­tury war­fare.

When the UN was formed af­ter the hor­rors of World War II, the heads of na­tions who gath­ered to sign the char­ter agreed that it should be­gin with the fol­low­ing pre­am­ble: “Since it is in the minds of men that wars be­gin, it is in the minds of men that the ram­parts of peace should be erected.”

Peace must be more than an ab­sence of vi­o­lence. It must be ab­sence of ill will and angst. Mankind is not ready for peace.

Thus far all peace talks have ended in ab­ject fail­ure, cost­ing more than 50 mil­lion dead over the past 50 years.

The leap to na­tions and plan­ets takes us out of the realm of re­al­ity and into our imag­i­na­tions.

It was Ernest Hem­ing­way who said: ”Never think that war, no mat­ter how ne­c­es­sary, nor how jus­ti­fied, is not a crime.”

War is, with­out ar­gu­ment, the worst col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of hu­man­ity. It has cre­ated new na­tions on the rub­ble of de­stroyed cities and hu­mans. Ma­jor pow­ers will be fac­ing the para­dox of yet more asym­met­ric war­fare by small ad­ver­saries wield­ing out­size weapons ca­pa­ble of atomic ex­plo­sions and chem­i­cal war­fare.

We live in a vi­o­lent cul­ture in a vi­o­lent world that ap­pears to be be­com­ing more vi­o­lent with time.

As is the case with any act of war, the per­pe­tra­tors and vic­tims have been re­duced to mere sta­tis­tics and car­i­ca­tures. Ter­ror­ism threat­ens us all, not only phys­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally, but morally and in­tel­lec­tu­ally as well.

It is a vi­o­lent dis­pro­por­tion be­tween ends and means, against which we have no re­course.

Ter­ror­ists wor­ship power and mur­der, not Almighty God. They have no re­li­gion. If Isis mem­bers were Mus­lims, why are their vic­tims mostly Mus­lim? They preach heaven on earth and leave us with hell in­stead.

Ter­ror­ists wor­ship power and mur­der, not Almighty God

Benoni

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