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Is terrorism about region or religion or none?

November 25, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

With so much talk happening about terrorism… globally and locally, one thing that is painful to see is it being associated with religion.

It would have been understandable had the religion, in question, promulgated such an action. However, the “religion” is open for everyone to see. And yet, knowing fully well that non-violence and tolerance is one of the basis principles, still people with vested interests take liberties to associate terrorism with religion.

Why a different treatmentAnd to top it all, its a selective policy… when people from another community are caught doing acts of terrorism, it is taken at a regional level such as the Irish terrorism, Sri Lankan terrorism while when it comes to this one community, the linkage moves to religion… muslim extremism et al.

Absolute hypocrisy… who is to blame?

It’s the people in power – the politicians, the media! High time, we bring in some sense in these empty psychics and make them realize that their hollow words are unearthed and we are educated enough, knowledgeable enough and powerful enough to do the right thing.

One statement I liked from a learned scholar on a Barkha Dutt show was: “We should always follow the middle path… anything that is wrong on the right side should be termed wrong and anything wrong on the left side should also be termed wrong!”

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding

Does a person need religion for his/her identification?
Is there no space where this is not the norm for interaction?

  1. Nisha
    November 25, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    well said, i seriously wish that people understand and strt acknowledging this difference…

  2. hidayath
    November 26, 2007 at 7:46 am

    This is a highly simplistic argument. To view things in this manner is to gloss over a number of higher-level intricacies.
    The hypocrisy which you pointed out is hardly our biggest problem. It’s simple: the reason it’s termed ‘Islamic’ whatever is because to a superficial observer the actions are given justification by alleged perpetrators in terms of Islamic symbolisms. Besides idealism, what incentive does anyone in politics or the media have for digging deeper and finding the real reasons? What incentive does anyone have for discerning between Islam and this tiny minority of Muslims if it doesn’t change the ground reality?

    The real hypocrisy goes much deeper. And it’s coupled with malice, manipulation, distortion and selectivism.

    We Muslims cannot afford to be stuck in such simplistic arguments anymore. The other side has upped the ante and it’s up to us to rise and show their propaganda up for what it is. For that we to critically take it apart and understand the machinations. The problem you pointed out hardly even figures in the larger scheme of things.

  3. November 26, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Moid…I definitely wouldn’t agree with you here. What you have written is the same old “politically correct” argument put forward in TV talk shows.

    The main issue to be addressed is why the general populace associates terrorism with Islam. Obviously, this has to do with their sources of information – which unfortunately is television where the usual suspects are pronounced guilty just a few moments after a “terrorist attack”.

    Now, the average muslim also has this ubiquitous medium as his/her source of information and is now faced with the choice to be either on the ideological side of the alleged perpetrators (who do present strong Islamic arguments for their acts and for some reason love appearing on CNN and Fox) or the victims. Unable to indict their faith he/she tries to present arguments to “justify” the act and this in turn reinforces everyone else’s perception.

    So now, the standard reply to the argument you put forward will simply be “Ok…we agree it was committed by a tiny minority but it is supported and justified by the larger majority”.

    Unfortunately, this situation will not change anytime soon. People in general are content with the information they are fed and don’t feel a pressing need to look for other sources. In this scenario, Muslims can rightfully cry foul at others prejudice and hypocricy while those who are not Muslims can also rightfully cry foul at the Muslims’ hypocrisy – self fulfulling prophesies for everyone concerned.

    The simplistic solution to this problem is to have counter media outlets but it is not practical to expect any of such stuff to go mainstream for obvious reasons. Fortunately, the literary world hasn’t had such constraints and it should definitely be commended for its efforts until now.

    So, I guess until then it is still up to every concerned individual to dig deeper than what is obvious
    and come to their own conclusions about the state of the world they live in.

  4. November 26, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    These Freaky guys, the Terrorists do not represent nothing, Not Region or Religion.

  5. November 27, 2007 at 8:02 am

    @ Hidayath

    You have essentially touched upon the ideal way out from this mess… however, what we are up against is not one person or even a group… itz a virtual enemy – the media! So, if we go head-on then itz just like banging our head against a concrete wall.

    And so long as we don’t start anywhere with even baby steps, the status quo is bound to remain.

  6. November 27, 2007 at 8:08 am

    @ Shujath

    One needs to really appreciate that what we are up against is politics and media. And as u rightly mentioned, we still dnt have the wherewithal to take a go at them.

    In this case, if we leave it to individuals with reasonable intellect to judge the situation on their own, there is again gonna be no change to status quo. What one needs is some vocal portrayal of the real situation and this cannot be an overnight success. It is important to speak the language others understand better (atleast the unbiased individuals who have fallen prey to the media dunce) which means to take it logically.

    And this is where my argument that one needs to begin speaking at that level…. terrorism – is it based on region or religion or none?

    I rest my case @ that!!

  7. shamayel
    December 22, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Although the various comments posted and the article itself is interesting and presents a very straight forward discussoin, my concern is the lack of curiosity and interest in the community outside the one in question to understand and acknowledge the truth.
    Since ancient times there have been one section of the world, be it a regional section, an empirical or a particular religion that has been presented as the villain in front of the world as the cause of global unrest without paying heed to the vested interest and the manipulation of facts by a few powerful, malicious individuals who are behind it. In current times that finger is pointing towards Islam. I believe it is time for the Muslims all over the world to unite and put that extra effort to represent what Islam truly stands for and make it impossible for the perpetrators of falsehood to spread negativity about this religion of peace and harmony.
    Where there is oppression there is revolution and not everyone reacts to a situation in the ‘correct’ manner.
    There are times when revolution is linked with terrorism and the connection may be just as murdering innocent people is the worst and highly unaccepted means of revolt but what is concerning is when terrorism by a few individuals is linked with the fight of millions of people all over the world to live a life of their choice, where they are not judged by the religion they belong to but the kind of life they practice.
    But again if wishes were horses….

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