Deal with root causes of terrorism
Posted Wednesday, October 2 2013 at 01:00
A part from attacks by terrorists, there are several forms of resistance to authority in today’s world. These include students and workers strikes, protests to government policies, riots, political and religious uprisings and armed rebellions. In some countries attempts to quell such situations culminate into reforms or armed rebellions that oust sitting governments.
Apparently where prolonged violence prevails like in Syria, the worst forms of atrocities such as use of chemical agents come into play. There is a negative natural law of reciprocation that multiplies evil, pain and suffering each time revenge is chosen instead of pardon and reconciliation. If this trend continues at this rate, a nuclear war is imminent.
I’m indebted to all writers who have advanced definitions, views and arguments about terrorism whose bitter fruit ripened and burst at Westgate Mall in Nairobi. My aim of writing, therefore, is to try to delve into other probable causes of upsurge in terrorist activities. Unless proper diagnosis is done, we are wasting time, energy and resources on treatment of symptoms. Apart from setting up machinery and manpower to detect, track, apprehend and put terrorists out of action, a lot more has to be done.
Vacuum created after overthrow of the Somali regime of Somalia opened the horn of Africa as a haven for pirates and terrorists. With the collapse of administrative structures, the economy and service delivery, people were willing to liaise with anybody willing to give them reprieve in their predicament. Al-Qaeda exploited that opportunity to groom Al-Shabaab. It is, therefore, dangerous for the African Union and African leaders to sit and discuss failures of African colonisation while failed states are being formed in their neighbourhoods. Africans must be willing to sacrifice for the peace and welfare of fellow Africans.
Africans must tackle the issue of ethnic differences which bred military regimes in the post-independence era and apparently perpetuate corruption and backwardness in the continent. It is easy for the disgruntled ethnic communities to connive with terrorists to oust elected governments of their own homeland.
Unresolved conflicts, the kind among Shiite and Sunni communities in the Middle East breeds terrorism. Such conflicts were passed on from past generations that used swords to the current ones armed with explosives. They now use religious fanatism as a cloak for destroying each other in gun battles and suicide bombings.
Finally, the world must not tolerate fanatical religious sects. It is 13 years since a religious sect destroyed several people and buried them in Kanungu and Kampala. Kibwetere and other false prophets resolved to destroy their lives to cover shame after their doomsday prophecies failed.
Though modern governments have established arms of parliament that enact laws to run States, their constitutions may leave loopholes to religious extremism. All religions should, therefore, emphasise reconciliation and reformation rather than destruction of evil doers because God the supreme lawgiver is kind and patient with sinners.
Charles Okecha, firstname.lastname@example.org