Terrorism Is not Primitive...
On 31 October 2017, New York suffered a terrorist attack, which was committed by a 29-year-old Uzbekistan-born Sayfulla Saipov. The tragedy coincided with an important event right next day, November 1, when Tashkent hosted a conference of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, entitled “Combating Terrorism: Cooperation without Borders”.
Moscow, Paris, Brussels, London, New York - the geography of the theater of operations is changing, so is the tactics of the terrorists. How to deal with this? Unfortunately, there is no exact answer to this question.
According to experts, the proposed methods to combat the terrorist threat, in fact, are only an attempt to combat the symptoms, while countering the cause of this phenomenon requires from all countries an unattainable level of consciousness and political will.
Certainly, the level of consciousness and political will is indispensable, but in the current difficultly predicted situation, the collective factor and coordinated actions remain the main factor in addressing this issue. Therefore, working on the agenda of the current conference, the SCO experts decided to focus on the topic “Combating terrorism: cooperation without borders”.
During the Tashkent meeting, participants noted that the ongoing armed conflicts in the Middle East have acquired a permanent character and remain a hotbed of tension for the entire world community. As the director of the executive committee of the Regional AntiTerrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS), Yevgeny Sysoev, put it, “members of international terrorist organizations are relocating to Afghanistan, approaching the borders of the SCO member states, and returning to the countries of exodus, forming ‘cells’.”
Experts point out that terrorism is by no means primitive, its ‘cannon fodder’ is primitive - the youth, whose radical spirit the Islamists have learned to use for their own purposes. Therefore, the participants of the conference referred to the priority issues like exchange of practices of countering the use of the internet for terrorist and extremist purposes. Experts spoke for close cooperation in this area.
In addition, contributors to the conference underscored that an effective fight with terrorism cannot be carried out without reliable overlapping of sources of its financing, as required by the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council and the international standards of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering.