Initially printed as letter in Dawn

The 22nd of July, 2011 is a pernicious day marked red in calendar by innocent blood.

The debacle brought forth by Anders Behring Breivik transpires the grave reality that terror threat is not confined to just the radical bureau of one religion. Rather extremist roots are taking strength in nearly all religions. As to why their gradual evolution was overlooked in past might derive various opinions but the absolute urgency is clear: this has to end by all means.

While it is an indubitable fact that seditious organisations comprising of Muslim fanatics have brought havoc with their acts of terror but to discount the ringing acts by extremist cults pertaining to other religions will be a grave indiscretion. Confessions by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (an Indian right-wing nationalist group) for carrying out the 2007 Samjhota Express bombing that killed 68 Pakistanis underlines this same morose reality.

Apart from this, RSS also professed involvement in Malegaon bombings 2006-08, Ajmer Sharif, Modasa and Mecca Masjid attacks. The terror ventures in Nanded, Parvani, Jalna, Mhow in Indore, Nimach, and Bhopal are also attributed to this same right-wing group.

Now whether we talk about such Hindu extremist groups or the likes of Nazis in Europe, the question is: did they come to being just overnight? No. The vitriol brewed by such right-wing groups did give out its pungent smoke before as well. The last year case of a Swedish man arrested for over a dozen unsolved shootings of immigrants in Malmo is one such example here.

The steady escalation of right-wing and the threat they pose was brought on the discussion tables many times. But every time the files were closed owing to the fact that they were marked as relatively harmless. In the past decade, the world spot lights were intensely focused on Muslim terrorism exclusively, hence the peril posed by the domestic radicals thrived behind shades. The outcome of which we see unfolding now.

It is not the time to point fingers at each other. Extremism like a plague has proliferated beyond our anticipation. Shying away from acknowledging the termite that is now eating the moral fabric of more than just one particular religion or society is parallel to behaving like an adamant patient who believes all is well. Any type of misanthropic ideology; may it be the mantra of the ignorant lot in Islam, Christianity or Hinduism has to be looked upon as a first degree felony.

Further hesitation in hue of prioritisation or slack comparisons will only end up making the notion of world peace a mere quixotic fantasy of wishful philosophers.

6 thoughts on “Extremism: an international plague

  1. So true sweetheart! :(

    Here in the UK militant Islam is seen as the enemy after the bombings in London, but before them we had Decades of bombings by the IRA, although they at least warned that bombs had been planted so most damage was to property, and/or soldiers.

    From what we’ve seen in Iraq and Afghanistan the objective seems to be mass civillian casualties.

    What you must realise is that Government NEEDS AN ENEMY in order to excuse Military expenditure.

    America had an enemy in the USSR and built its forces to counter its threat, but now there’s no threat of nuclear anhillation by people with a return address so they can’t just reply in kind, making the nuclear deterrant useless.

    They now fear nuclear proliferation as countries like North Korea and Iran try to build nuclear bombs and terrorist organisations are blatantly searching the black economy for nuclear weapons because they see them as the holy grail of terrorism.

    All it will take is one nuclear attack by ANYONE – and we’re talking right wing as well as militant Islam – and the whole world will go nuts!

    Add to that the ease of making a Cesium Chloride dirty bomb and the freely available materials like Strontium which litter the old USSR and all it will take is one suicide bomber (handling either WILL be fatal) and cities could be left contaminated and uninhabitable for centuries…

    All we can do is wait for the inevitable, in which case people like you and I will suffer the consequences as governments find a new enemy to go to war against…

    God Bless!


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