Terrorism and Turkey

 

Islamist terrorists are fighting the windmill

Relentless attacks by the Islamic terrorists have rocked the world. In 2016 alone there have been 1272 terrorist attacks killing over 11,772 people across the world. In the ongoing month of July, 39 Islamic terrorist attacks were reported in 13 countries taking a toll of 615 lives and injuring 740 people.

The countries which have become victims of these terrorist attacks can be categorised as the countries with Muslim majority and the Muslim minority developed western countries. The terrorists involved in these incidences are inspired by and large by the Al Qaeda strategy, which has been adopted by the IS also. The grand objective of the strategy is establishing the ‘promised Islam Khilafat’ first by removing the pro-West rulers in the Muslim majority countries and then in second phase spread it over the world.

The wave of terrorist attacks in the US and Europe at this stage by the Islamists is to punish them for fighting against the spread of Islamic Khilafat and protecting the rogue governments in the Muslim majority countries. The irony is that it is the US and its allies dangerous policy to support the religious militants to topple the secular governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria has now boomeranged. But still the wise men in Washington, London, Paris and Berlin have not learnt their lesson.

This global permanent Islamic revolution is now led by the IS which has carved out a state for itself taking over swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. While the world is united against this terrorist state and much is published about its ruthless seventh century’s barbaric laws, little is known about the fact that it is organised like a modern state government. They have devolved powers to 35 governors and have proper ministries for various subjects. Their main source of revenue is oil money as they have control on some oil wells and a refinery.

With all this infrastructure in place and an alternate ideology against the capitalist democracy offered by the West, they attract the Muslim youth from around the world. The world’s socialist movement has weakened, not fizzled out, after the breakup of the Soviet Union and China’s towards ‘market socialism’. The vacuum created by the default of this socialist movement has been filled in by Islamic militant movements.

The fact that they are fighting against the US and its allies creates a romantic aura around them for the Muslim youth who can be easily motivated by using the cyberspace efficiently. They blame discrimination for their failures to adjust economically, socially and politically in the countries they or their parents have migrated to. That’s the easiest and laziest way out. The Islamist maybe fighting for the revival of the seventh century values, but they are 21st-century tech savvy.

Three frequently asked questions in this regard are: one, is rise of religious extremism and terrorism only in the followers of Islam, or other religions are also facing the same problem? Two, why the terrorists are labelled as Islamists while other terrorists are not identified with the religion? And three, has this problem increased in intensity in the last 60 years? Now lets briefly discuss these questions which are usually asked by the people.

One, the rise of religious extremism and terrorism is not peculiar to the followers of Islam, other major religions are also affected. The difference is there are no major terrorist movements in Christianity, Hinduism, Brahmanism and Judaism. The critics may say that state terrorism on behalf of these religions should not be ignored. But the issue is no state having a majority of people from these religions is claiming that they want to impose their religion forcefully on the people and the peoples of the countries.

Two, the above explanation also stands for the question that why religion of the Islamic terrorists is mentioned by the media and most of the people. When the Palestinians started using terrorist attacks to highlight their independence struggle, nobody labeled them as Islamic terrorists. It is the cause which is promoted by the people who commit the terrorist attacks that is used to identify the terrorists involved. However, the religious extremists and extremism is identified with their respective religions.

Three, one of the major reasons for the rise in religious extremism and terrorism is that the world has changed at a fast forward pace in the post Second World War period. There have been many times more technological progress in the world than what it witnessed 5000 years before that. Human relations, relations between the state and the people and between the states have gone through a sea of change. Technology has shrunk the world into a global village whether we like it or not. Throughout the mankind history there have been people who resist change in social, political and economic relations. It is such people who are not only resisting the change but are afraid of it. To stop the march of history they search for answers in the religious fundamentals. They do not recognise that all isms have to adapt themselves according to the time and space they are living. Resistance to organic change leads to creating tensions and frictions in the society. That’s what precisely we are witnessing today. Because of the violent tactics adopted by the naysayers the Muslim majority countries are going through a clash between the people who are forward-looking and the extremists who want to pull it back to the seventh century.

Tailpiece: the good news is that market testing about the imposition of military, courtesy Move on Pakistan has shown it has no takers among the major political parties, media and civil society. Gone are the times when they used to pitch one party against another and boot-out the elected governments. Is it that the politicians and media have matured? To top it resistance to the military coup by the people of Turkey has also sent positive signals to the coup-makers.

The writer can be reached at ayazbabar@gmail.com

 

 

 

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