Unfortunately at a time when committing a crime of terror is at its cheapest both morally and materially, governments around the world are spending billions in funds in order to fight this criminal phenomenon.
By – Khairi Janbek:
This disproportionate relationship between terrorism and counterterrorism in terms of costs, is simply due to the fact that , all terrorists in the world have the same motto ‘ We have to be lucky once’ while all governments in the world have ‘ to be lucky all the time’. Evidently we have to define the enemy in order to fight their terrorist methods, but this criminal phenomenon cannot be reduced to mere definitions before we can act in coordination and together purposefully to combat it.
Throughout the 1970 and 80s of the last century, almost all the Marxist groups which embarked on acts of terrorism, were offshoots of official Communist Parties in Europe, and they went on their own different paths because they thought that those Communist parties were not radical enough. In the same vein, one must say also at this point, that the terror organisations which commit crimes in the name of Islam have their roots also in the moderate Islamist movements in the Arab and Islamic worlds, banned or otherwise.
In this context, the same mantra pops up between now then concerning the root causes of terrorism. Without any doubt for the Arab and Islamic worlds, foreign occupation and domination, poverty, destitution, deprivation; to name only a few factors, are major problems, but we must always remember that they are problems in their own right and need to be solved not only with an eye on terrorism. It is a fact that people do not wake up one day and decide to be terrorists or supporters of terrorism, they take many small steps towards this nihilistic abyss , the speed of which depends on their level of alienation. This the crux of the matter; Alienation.
When we talk about change and reform, then we must chanel the energies of the politicised young adults into mass movements, which support reform and change, rather than leave them in the wilderness as easy prey to extremism and violence.
This is the most important issue that requires action and no just rhetoric and definitions.
On the functional level, it is apparent that there is a dichotomy between the security dimension of counterterrorism and the civilian expert component working in the same field. The problem is that, civilian experts will always find it difficult to be detached and objective in their analysis without being accused of being sympathetic to terrorism by the security apparatus, and the security experts will always find themselves in the dilemma of being accused of promoting state terrorism. Unless both sides come together and cooperate thoroughly , their task is likely to be extremely difficult.
Finally, any act of terror, in our midst or otherwise, is deplorable and must be utterly condemned.