is the Common Concern of Humanity
Columnist Ayesha Zaman
Malik says that we must have a common approach to this menace.
a nerve shattering threat to all mankind. As there is still no commonly
accepted definition of terrorism, any state can hold any state responsible
for committing terrorism, and that will benefit the terrorists only, who
want to create confusion and turmoil across the globe, to further their
cause without having been identified as such. The future of the world
rests upon arriving at consensus about terrorism in order to evolve a
comprehensive response to the menace. The fact that politics has gone
clerical and that religion has become politicized, makes some global events
of modern world more global.
Since the assassination of Julius Caesar, terrorism has continued to appear
in political arena as an ever-developing universal disease. This poisoned
dagger was left among the pages of history, historical movies, and Hollywood
detectives movies. On September 11, in the first year of the new millennium,
all humanity appeared vulnerable to attacks, launched by the fanatics.
Invisible terrorism, can show itself anywhere — in five star hotels,
fantastic small living places equipped with modern high-tech monitoring
devices, airports, or even beneath an isolated table.
Since the days of Roman Empire, war has been part of politics; now politics
has become part of terrorism. The religion too has become part of terrorism.
It is too early to comment on the ongoing global game, whose focus sometime
seems to be shifting from most important to the peripheral matters, from
one region to the other. Life in the US own guarded town of Kabul itself
does not appear to be safe enough as yet. The US troops are occasionally
subjected to bomb blasts and shellings. How long will peace take to return
and when shall the reconstruction phase begin in Afghanistan, remains
anybody’s guess. The world is caught in the unpredictables.
The “Clash of Civilizations” was written by Prof. Huntington,
an ex-official of the US government, about fifteen years ago. It was not
written to realize the reality of the twin towers tragedy, essentially.
He is not the God-sent prophet that the world must conform itself to his
prophesies. Three resolutions were passed by the UNSC to smash terrorism.
The US defiant states — India and Israel, jumped at the opportunity
to use these resolutions for simplifying own long standing national agendas
in the locations of their regions, capitalizing on the absence of the
commonly accepted definition of the Terrorism. They are feverishly trying
to have their much weaker neighbours, pushed into the ambit of terrorist
states, while freely committing hair raising atrocities including mass
rapes themselves, on their weaker neighbours, whose centuries, old territories
and homes and hearths they have occupied for themselves. President G W
Bush of the US too also terms them (SHERON AND VAJPAYEE) as men of peace.
It is for this indiscrimination and double standards, that the followers
of Osama bin Laden have dared call him the man of ‘Greater Peace’.
Right now, when President Bush is busy in having his proposals accepted
by the US Congress, these opportunists — the core allies of the
US have restarted their ire of revenge with yet more venomenous revenge
for destruction of the Kashmiris and the Palestinians. Did the world not
see how they project the tragedy of September 11, along with self-suiting
abstractions and fabrications, like the Hollywood movies, and use the
human misery to serve their own overdue interests? India followed the
suit, with its Bollywood experiences, to show mountain of a mole. Strange,
there too, on 13 December the enemies of the Indian Parliament building
managed to enter without let or hindrance, but once they had reached near
the doors of the building, they were all suddenly spotted, and amongst
them, only every so-called terrorist was then killed at the spot! The
Cameramen seem to be far more vigilant than the smartees of the guard.
They all seem to have been foretold or possessed the fore-knowledge of
the scene that was going to be created. Despite all the scientific and
technological advancement made in almost every department of life, during
the twentieth century, it sowed seeds for terrorism too alongside other
useful achievements, during the period. The beginning of the 21st century
was, therefore, made by the revenge actions of the terrorism across the
globe. The blame for this also, rather mainly lies on the secular world-view
that was given wide currency during the preceding about four centuries.
Their desire to bring peace and harmony without religious common code
of the life values, rather amounted to cause imbalance in the human life.
Similarly, the “Humanism”, to in isolation of religion/Holy
Scriptures, in the daily life, proved a disaster. Time has come for the
packing up of self-made theories, like the communism. Without religious
thought and morality life cannot be brought out of the 24 hour fear of
the unknown. All types of terrorism regardless of reason, is evil. Rootcause
rather than the symptoms are badly needed to be addressed. America has
delved on the problem a great deal but it has still to delve with far
reaching view to find an answer to what would serve the cause better of
not only the Americans but for the Muslims and the whole mankind in a
much more beneficial manner.