The chilling massacre of innocent worshippers in a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai region must be condemned by the global community. If we want to reduce the levels of terrorism, or even contain it, we will have to deal with its manifestations and its 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 United Nations, and all endeavours to have 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 realize 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 United Nations was formed after the horrors of World War 2, 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 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 over 250 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 Hemmingway 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 rubbles of destroyed cities and human dead, major powers will be facing the paradox of yet more asymmetric warfare by a small band of 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 coming 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 an means, against which we have no recourse.
Terrorism today is the most hideous employment method of warfare which involves immense fatalities and has become an ugly hallmark of intimidation. The goal is to manipulate humanity into accepting their insane ideology. They understand the effective nature of terrorism and the coercive manipulation that can be achieved by its means.