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Bloody September

September has been a month that has witnessed heinous crimes against humanity that claimed scores of lives in many dispersed parts of the world. From the All Saints church bomb in Peshawar to the roadside attacks in Northeast Nigeria, to the suicide bombings in Baghdad, to the atrocious Westgate Mall siege in Kenya to the …

Dr Mohamed Fouad
Dr Mohamed Fouad

September has been a month that has witnessed heinous crimes against humanity that claimed scores of lives in many dispersed parts of the world. From the All Saints church bomb in Peshawar to the roadside attacks in Northeast Nigeria, to the suicide bombings in Baghdad, to the atrocious Westgate Mall siege in Kenya to the fatal shooting of Major General Nabil Farag in Egypt, terror has once again proved that it knows no boundaries, no limits and remains largely unchecked.

While US President Barack Obama affirmed several months ago that terrorists are “on the path to defeat” and that Al-Qaeda members were now “more concerned for their own safety than with plotting attacks on the west”, some of those September events may have proven that the US President couldn’t be further from reality. While to President Obama, terror may now be far from home, it remains far from gone. Although it is needless to categorically denounce such bloodshed and affirm that it does not represent Islam, it is worth asking the question: Who does it really represent? Why is terrorism becoming a growing business? And could it be stopped?


Columnist Daniel Greenfield noted: “terror is a tactic”; it can be perpetrated in the name of religion, politics or both. Akbar Ahmed and Harrison Atkins both of the American University in Washington offered a different account on some of those recent violent events. It is all about revenge they said. For instance, they have attributed the Kenya and Pakistan crimes as a behaviour typical to tribal societies which is rather motivated by a transmuted tribal behaviour than by religion. They added that the “traditional use of revenge in tribal societies is a measured response meant to correct a perceived injustice.” In the case of the Taliban and Al-Shabab, who were respectively responsible for the Peshawar and Nairobi evildoings, both terror organisations acted to avenge what they perceived as a transgression on their turf. Taliban who has been battered and bruised was out to leave its mark by carrying out the odious act through Junduallah – its Pakistani affiliates. Al-Shabab who lost its economic sustenance in the Somalian port city of Kismayo at the hand of the Kenyan forces was out to avenge its loss. Although Ahmed and Atkins may have a hard time explaining the diverse international background of those who carried out the Westgate Mall attack!

Terror Magnets

Several hot spots in the world have directly led to the growth of terrorist activities. Struggles in areas such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria and recently Egypt have provided a refuge that several terrorists-in-the-making are now gravitating towards. For instance, Western intelligence estimates that around 80% of the rebel forces fighting Al Assad regime in Syria have direct links to Al-Qaeda. In the Sinai Peninsula, the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime has given rise to a more radical push. Many analysts critically look at the Arab Spring as a possible catalyst for the rise of terrorism. With weapons out flux from Libya to destabilising regional movements, many governments are starting to lose track of who the terrorists are anymore.


A New Breed of Terrorism

While the world is accustomed to fighting terrorist organisations who have defined objectives such as Al-Qaeda, the situation is much more muddied now. Al-Qaeda has simply become a loose umbrella and a mere inspiration to lunatics worldwide. The field is now awash with organised terror groups, terrorism masquerading behind political conflicts, and individuals who commit lone acts of terrorism in hope of getting famous by being infamous. The US and the world at large don’t have a chance to fight a war with drones and military forces to eradicate this. Many interests have converged resulting in the same bloody tactic and there is no one size fits all solution to rid the world of this evil. There will remain those who are willing to kill for a cause. It is just not all the same cause anymore. Therefore, terror has become more localised and fighting it requires support for those who are fighting those battles.

This bloody September is simply a rude awakening as to how feeble is the notion of a “global war on terror”. There is no military solution to terrorism; it is only a momentarily relief. Terrorism will remain a chronic case of cold where you will treat the symptoms but with no sufficient structural changes, it will not be long before evil strikes again.

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  • abdul .a. shaiky

    Disrespect and un justice is the main reasons.
    un justice with Palestinian.
    Burning of Quran in the church of USA by Christians.
    Insult of Prophet Mohammed p.b.u.h in Europe.
    American drones in Pakistan.
    bombs in SHEAS and SUNIES mosques.(who are they.?)
    Killing of Pakistani civilians by American agent (Diplomat).
    Arrest of many innocent civilian as a terrorist and handover to USA government.
    1001 reasons of existing terrorism.!!!
    Terrorism will never finish by force. in last 20 years it growing and spreading.!!!
    We must find the reasons of terrorism.

    • sam enslow

      Most “Islamic” terrorists kill Muslims – not Americans. This remains true in Iraq.
      It is against Islam to ascribe human emotions to God. If God believes He or his prophet (pbuh) have been insulted, He will deal with it.
      Palestine is an excuse for terrorism, not the cause. There is too much money being made off the poor Palestinians, by aid workers, smugglers, and corrupt politicians. As Omar Sulieman noted, “We want the Palestinians to be hungry but not to starve.” It has been the policy of Arab governments not to solve the Palestinian problem but to use the “poor Palestinans” as a way to divert attention from each country’s problems. Arafat had agreed to a peace arranged by Bill Clinton, the announcement was read to be made (it gave the Palestinians 97% of what they wanted plus 30 billion USD in aid to rebuild), but someone got to Arafat at the last moment. No peace.
      Every act of “Islamic” terrorism is against the teachings and example of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).
      “Terrorists” are the equal to America’s street gangs. They are criminals seeking justification for being criminals. They are Mafia groups under the flag of religion, regardless of faith. I note the change in Egyptian attitudes toward Hamas now that they realize they are not so interested in freeing Palestine but in gaining and keeping power and turf for themselves – even in Sinai.
      Terrorists attract followers from the displaced and from those who feel cheated. In a terrorist gang, as with any cult, they feel they belong. It is necessary to fight criminals with force, but the long term solution will be found in social justice and economic opportunity, and education. Hope kills terrorist buy killing their reason to exist.
      Far too often clerics of all faiths concentrate on hate and revenge when this is the exact opposite of what the religion teaches. Religion should uplift the human spirit, not beat it down. Shame on the clerics who hear these messages of hate and do not challenge them. Ones religion is not determined by what one wears arround his neck or grows on his chin. Ones real religion is how one leads his life. Religion is a private matter, not a thing for public show. Far too many “Men of God” do not serve God but only their personal political and financial interests. Far too many, of all faiths, mistake their power and glory for the glory of God. That is hubris.

  • Ahmed Fayed

    i want to ask about something about the egyptian general ?? who killed him in your opinion ?? please send your message to my mail ahmedelfayed@gmail.com

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    In April this year, Dawn.com sent a group of its most seasoned reporters to Swat to undertake an intensive five-month investigation of the event. Their collective findings unearthed a series of some stunning disclosures (with evidence) that are bound to affectively challenge the mainstream narrative of the Malala story.
    The following are the major findings of the investigation:
    • Malala was not born in Swat and neither is she a Pushtun. A respected medical doctor in Swat, Imtiaz Ali Khanzai, who runs a private hospital and clinic in Swat told our reporters that he has a DNA report that proves that Malala is not Pushtun.
    He went on to claim that according to the DNA, Malala is a Caucasian, most probably from Poland.
    After the discovery, the doctor called Malala’s father and told him that he knew who Malala was. “
    “He was stunned and began to stutter,” the doctor said. “He pleaded that I did not make my findings public. I told him I wouldn’t but only if he told me the whole truth.”
    Malala’s father told the doctor that Malala’s real name was Jane and she was born in Hungary in 1997. Her real biological parents were Christian missionaries who, after traveling to Swat in 2002, left Malala as a gift to her adopted parents after they secretly converted to Christianity.

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