As a kid, we would be oblivious to religious hatred and most importantly, the word ‘terrorism’ simply did not exist.
The world has moved on, to the extent that fear seems writ large on faces of every individual… go anywhere.
Gory description of Mongol slaughters of bygone era is a thing of past. The 21st century people have been made to see footage of earthshaking events like the World Trade Centre attack.
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, turmoil in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya and terror on the Indian soil – like that of Mumbai terror attacks, have totally changed the world we live in.
Humans, by nature, would faint seeing even one person getting killed. The collective conscience of the society would but naturally shake too.
However, world citizens are turning stoic even as televised murders are reaching every household.
Today, we see images of masked man standing behind a kneeling victim preparing to slit his throat or putting a bullet in his head or slicing it off with a sword.
Mass murders are becoming trademarks of terror outfits in villages and cities while hostage taking is something that every government is encountering.
We are stuck in a vicious cycle as the governments and terror outfits fight endlessly for their agendas, resulting in deaths and butchering of peace-loving people of the world.
Peace talks are subtle while showing dexterity is the keyword in power corridors. Terror chiefs, at the same time, have big egos. They want to destroy their enemies, without essentially meaningful in their approach.
Taliban threatened the world a decade ago. Then, al-Qaida terrorised us for the next 10 years. And now, Islamic State (ISIS) is knocking at every potential gate.
There is a feeling within the infamous that ISIS has out-terrorized al-Qaida in the battle for jihadi hearts and minds. Birth of organisations like ISIS, in the recent times poses a serious question – Can’t we control terror?
The seriousness is aggravated by the fact that neither al-Qaida nor the Taliban are finished. To the contrary, the alliance between al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban still exists. And to add fuel to the fire, ISIS leadership is exhorting apprehensive youth to ‘erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere’.
See this transcript from the audio message by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State:
O’ soldiers of the Islamic State, continue to harvest the soldiers. Erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere. Light the earth with fire upon all those who rebel against God, their soldiers, and supporters. Carry on in your path, as you are the strong by Allah’s permission. Carry on, as you are the honourable. Carry on, as you are the superior. Carry on, as you are the victorious — God willing.
Further, ISIS and even newer outfits like Boko Haram have been deliberately provoking the anger of Muslims and non-Muslims alike with its online videos of outrageous and carefully choreographed violence.
Will this stop or should we prepare ourselves to resign to fate, waiting for our turn to be dumped in a mass grave while the news camera keeps rolling?