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The following article has been written and provided by Mr. Shadi Alkasim. For more information and additional articles by Mr. Alkasim, please visit: LinkedIn
Terrorism is nothing new. One of the earliest known groups to employ terroristic tactics would be the Fenians located in Ireland in 1798, famous for the “young Irelanders rebellion” and accused of terrorism by the government of the United Kingdom. During the Ottoman Empire, from 1890 to 1897 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation staged attacks, famously holding hostages at an Ottoman Bank in 1896. A Palestine group called Fatah, founded in 1959, staged the Munich Olympics massacre in 1972 and since then Palestine alone as seen a series of terrorist groups form over the years; PLO, PFLP, PFLP-GC, and the DFLP. In Canada, the Front de libération du Québec conducted bombings, kidnappings, assassinations. Since the late 70’s Turkey has had a long-running battle with the PKK, considered a Kurdish terrorist organization, and for nearly a decade, from 1969 – 1977, the United States suffered attacked by a group called the Weathermen, and since 1994, the Russians have been dealing with Chechnya Separatists. Today, some may think the Muslim Brotherhood, a hotly debated organization with arguable ties to or support for terrorism is something new but they’d be mistaken. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928, so there is nothing new going on but it is becoming more widespread and frequent. In the recent past, the biggest threat to world peace, for example, would be a war breaking out between two superpowers like the USA and Russia, but today, the biggest increasing threat the modern world is facing are small-scale terrorist attacks mainly by Muslim extremists and the resulting destabilization of rural areas, towns, cities, regions and whole countries. Although terrorism is nothing new, what we are facing today is an increasing threat of terrorism, specifically the spread of Muslim extremist ideology and terrorism used as a tool to spread that ideology and its desire for conquest.
As a journalist who’s traveled and covered conflicts around the world I’d like to share with you what I believe are the facts behind terrorism and my recommendations aimed at eliminating terrorism or reducing it as much as possible. I have more insights into this subject than the average person and a unique perspective as I am from the Middle East and I was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Having been born and raised in the Middle East I would say that qualifies me as an expert on the predominate Middle Eastern Muslim culture. I’ve also been fortunate enough to travel the world and experience other cultures as a journalist. So, what do I believe you might ask? Well, I consider myself an agnostic modernist, someone who embraces diversity and humanity and truth be told I abhor theocracy.
So, what are the facts and where are we now? Terrorism has become a big concern worldwide and has affected many countries around the world. It affects the rich and the poor, the young and old, the secular or religious, no one is exempt from a bomb blast, bullets, or beheadings. Terrorism is destabilizing and poses a serious threat to peace and security throughout the world. Every day we learn of increasing acts of terrorism. The world certainly has had enough of Muslims' religious extremism and their involvement in terrorist attacks and the time has come to put an end to all this madness. It would take me a long time to cover all the aspects of Terrorism, so I’ll start with addressing the heart of the matter first and be straightforward and to the point, which I am sure it will anger many Muslims and International human rights organization who are completely absent from the reality of things on the ground.
We are at war. First, regarding ISIS, eventually ISIS will be eradicated from the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. Defeating them on the battlefield doesn’t necessarily mean defeating their propaganda machine, or that they won’t physically pop-up somewhere else. We are fighting two wars, the war on the ground and the war for the hearts and minds of people who are or will become radicalized by their hateful propaganda and ideology.
Terrorism seeps into every corner of the globe thanks to the spread of radical Islam. Even when ISIS loses their official territory in Mosul and Raqqa, the war will continue as a Guerrilla war as ISIS is literally everywhere with lots of supporters and sympathizers. If they lose, they will turn to Guerrilla warfare tactics and lone-wolf organized aggressive terrorist attacks like we’ve seen so far. The terrorist group have succeeded in establishing several states outside their main strongholds in Syria and Iraq, "as it was able to launch the states in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Indonesia and The Philippines, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Egypt and West Africa. They have succeeded in launching successful terrorist attacks worldwide. Lots of Muslims around the world are ISIS sympathizers and are waiting for the right time to act out their violent ideology.
It seems never ending. Again, I keep saying the war with ISIS is far from over, and it will take a very long time to end this conflict for many reasons. A war of ideologies is a ceaseless battle. The battle for the hearts and minds can never end. I believe it is a big mistake to only concentrate on fighting ISIS on the ground and not also focus on the source of ISIS and terrorism. I believe we must dry up the sources of terrorism around the world, without doing this, the war against terrorism will be useless and endless.
ISIS is a combination of people from all over the world from different nationalities and from all walks of life, doctors, engineers, workers, etc., educated and uneducated people and all of them are sharing the same radical ideology, so this means that there is a serious problem worldwide, without fighting this problem, the war on terrorism will never end.
We must eliminate the ideology. The ideology causing terrorism and barbaric terrorist groups like ISIS and other groups must be dealt with effectively. At every opportunity, leaders and individuals should speak out against the hateful ideology that is radical Islam. Hatred and racism are learned behaviors and this is what is really happening in Muslims and Arab countries, the children grow up learning to hate and discriminate non-Muslims. They are literally taught how to kill, behead, and hate non-Muslims.
Cutting off the well-spring must happen. The source of ISIS and other terror group’s extremist ideology is the Muslim social and cultural structure, most of ISIS's religious practices are drawn from the most important Islamic law books, the mindset must change as soon as possible.
Where is the source of that well-spring? And I’m talking about both predominant sides of Islam which consists of Shia and Sunni Muslims. Islam has many subgroups but these are the two major groups within Islam. Iran is considered the home of Shia Islam and Saudi Arabia is the home of the Sunni branch of Islam. They do not like each other and compete for influence within the Middle East and around the world spreading their versions of Islam, both versions are radical and promote the same philosophy that the radical Islamists quote and follow, in this regard they are identical. In a sense, this competition probably contributes to the spread of terrorism as a geopolitical tool, as well as religious ideology tool. Regardless of the motives of those behind funding and promoting terrorism, whether it be ideological or geopolitical, the results of terrorism are unacceptable and must be fought vigorously.
Public figures and officials in Muslims countries and some Western countries often claim that Islam has nothing to do with the jihadist terrorist violence spreading throughout the world, it is not true, denying the problem will not solve it, and yes, Islamic ideology has a big problem. Muslims, and so-called moderate Muslims need to stand in front of the mirror, wake up, and realize the reality of the situation and stop denying that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Many Muslims don’t want to face the brutal reality and choose to believe in conspiracy theories, for example, like ISIS and other terrorist groups are a just conspiracy against Muslims created by the C.I.A., Israeli Mossad, and other International intelligence secret services. However, that is pure nonsense, it's not a conspiracy, it's the doing of radical Muslims. Being in denial doesn’t make the problem go away.
Young minds are molded. I grew up in the Muslim world and I was fortunate to travel and work in many different Muslims countries, and some non-Muslim countries, as a Political Analyst & Counter-Terrorism Expert, and worked around the world. In my experience, I found that all Muslim countries are the same and they all share the same radical mindset, they teach children at a very young age, as early as possible to hate all non-Muslims. At every Friday worship, or Friday Prayer Service (Salat Al Jum'ah), Islam allows prayers for the annihilation of Christians and Jews and non-Muslims around the world.
Mosque Imams continue to pray to God or Allah to grant victory to Muslims over Non-Muslims and kill all of them, all Preachers from different Islamic countries end the prayer with almost the following message:
May Allah destroy the infidels, which means all non-Muslims. Allah is the Arabic word for God. “Allah! Let your prophet overpower them! Allah destroy them! Allah destroy them! Allah destroys them! Allah annihilate all infidels and Christian and Jewish!” They continue saying lots of terrifying and terrible things and cursing non-Muslims, and the congregation in the mosque repeat the words, amen, amen, amen. This is a clear and open promotion of violence against non-Muslims. Kids learn this at a very young age and grow up to hate all non-Muslims and their mindset becomes very acceptable to being radicalized quickly and they become very acceptable to the idea of killing or harming non-Muslims.
Sadly, I witnessed this in many different Muslims countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Qatar, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon and Morocco, and I witnesses that among Muslims who live in European countries, such as the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Austria and Germany.
ALL Muslims believe that they are the chosen nation, in the Quran, the holy book of Muslims around the world, it is written that Allah/God said that Muslims are “the best of peoples, evolved for mankind”, and all non-Muslims are infidels and must die and when they die, they will burn in hell, and only Muslims will go to heaven.
Even the history textbooks in what are so called ‘liberal Muslim’ countries promote violence against non-Muslims, for example, they teach the kids that the era when the Muslims attacked and invaded Europe and India and other countries was not invasion, they call it Conquest, and brainwash the kids, teaching them that the invasion was something good for the other Nations.
Invading other countries and killing their people and glorifying it is not something good to teach it to your kids at school.
Muslims need to accept the fact that Non-Muslims must be respected and accepted and they don’t live alone in this world, Muslims need to reform its religious tolerance, the only solution is to ask Muslims countries to change The Islamic Sharia Law radical books and the radical translation of Quran & Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad as soon as possible. A reformation of Islam much like the Protestant reformation of the Catholic church.
There are many Muslim countries around the world, and many non–Muslim countries that have many Muslims and their numbers are growing. We need a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorists, and this strategy must analyze all levels of security threats, information, media, cultural, ideology and financial, to fight radical Islam and avoid terrorism and groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Countries around the world must unite and take the following steps to stop and avoid the radicalization of their citizens:
Nine STEPS AGAINST TERRORISM
Finally, Sad to say, there is a huge jihadi radicalization machine working under every nose of many governments around the world, even in the West. Again, I repeat, without taking the recommended steps, fighting terrorism, ISIS and other terrorist groups will be useless and endless, and in the future, we will have more extremist groups more hardcore than ISIS.
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