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Sunday,22 July, 2018
Issue 1272, (26 November - 2 December 2015)

Ahram Weekly

The ‘fire’ spreads to the West

Violence is actually what terror needs to thrive. If it is honest about fighting terror, the West needs to adopt a different strategy, writes Harun Yahya in Ankara

Al-Ahram Weekly

In the terrorist atrocities that took place in Paris, with simultaneous shootings and bombs targeting six locations on 13 November, around 150 people lost their lives. More than 350 were injured, some seriously.

First and foremost, we condemn this savage terror and the brutal killings, and pray for Our Lord’s mercy on all the ones who have passed away in this assault and ask for the soonest recovery of all who were injured.

We would like to emphasise once again that terrorism has no religion, nationality or faith and can never find any legitimacy. It may not be attributed to a certain country or a region, as terror threatens humanity globally and is stripped of all virtues and ethics.

This recent terrorist massacre has found its place in history as one of the bloodiest civilian massacres since World War II. At the same time, this is the most atrocious terror attack in terms of the number of casualties in a European city following the one in Madrid in 2004.

The French press headlined their reports with phrases like “Barbarity in Paris”, “War this time”, “Horror in Paris”, and “Terrorist slaughter in the middle of Paris.” There was panic because of false alarms in various parts of Paris, where a state of emergency was declared immediately after the attacks.

Streets and avenues were put under tight control by the military and the country’s borders were closed. This terrible onslaught, referred to as “France’s 11 September”, heralded the news that the flames of the Middle East have reached the West.

After the attacks, French President Francois Hollande said that “France will be merciless” in her retaliation to what he called “an act of war.” These words were a declaration that the West will not abandon its policy of violence that it has adhered to as a solution to terror from its onset, and in fact will implement this method in an escalating fashion.

But has anything been achieved with this strategy — suppressing violence with violence —which has been used for decades?

Did terrorism really end with the bloody and aggressive policies that the West has implemented under the “war on terror”, with all its capacity and technology and hundreds of billions allocated to military spending?

Or, to the contrary, has this terror, which started as a spark, grown into a fire that covers the entire Middle East and the Islamic world, and has now spread to the doors of the West? And is it expected to proliferate with further violence in the future?

The current circumstances show that the second outcome is the result. This routine, which has failed repeatedly, should immediately be abandoned and the same mistakes should not be repeated. Violence is actually what terror needs to thrive.

Obviously, inciting more violence any savagery benefits only the terrorists. Further aggression will simply generate ten times more violence. What we see today is making this evident.

Pushing on with air strikes against the Muslim world in the name of “fighting terrorism” will bring about no results other than further loss of innocent civilian lives. Indeed, in the scores of air operations that France directed against the city of Raqqa in Syria, just 48 hours after the Paris attacks, no terrorist centres were targeted.

Only civilian venues such as a sports complex, hospital and a museum were singled out. It is reported that a high number of civilians, including children, babies, elderly people and women, were martyred in those bombardments.

Terrorism, as the word suggests, is a sinister underground formation that follows no law or order. It is not a target that can be destroyed with bombs. The massacre of Muslim civilians on the pretext of retaliation, deterrence or prestige is an amoral strategy.

What is more, such inhumane killings of civilians are good for nothing other than the disastrous repercussions of arousing hatred and anger in the people of the region and inciting feelings of revenge that will direct them to the insanity of backing terrorist organisations.

The air strikes are of no benefit against terrorism and, on the contrary, multiply the number of furious suicide bombers consumed with feelings of revenge and hatred.

The detrimental consequences of the above put ordinary and innocent people in the crosshairs, just as we saw in Paris. However, this is of no significance for some Western arms dealers that look for skyrocketing profits by selling off their stockpile of weapons for wars in the Middle East, or the warmongers who are at service of some international construction companies in anticipation of rebuilding the Islamic world.

According to their distorted mindset, the loss of a few thousand innocent people’s lives, just as we saw on 9/11, is of no consequence in return for the trillion dollars of income from the wars in the Middle East, which will again be billed to those Islamic countries.

The so-called earnings planned by the deep state structures of the West and the terrorist attacks perpetrated by their intelligence services are not limited to only these. By way of artificial crises in the last decades, they intend to disintegrate and destroy the Islamic world.

They want to prevent any possible unity and solidarity amongst it and, consequently, annihilate it altogether. This is how they offer up the natural resources and wealth of the Islamic world for the exploitation of secret global powers.

Again, using such terror attacks as a tool, they want to escalate Islamophobia with the support they plan to receive from racist and extreme right-wing entities in the US and Europe to eliminate Muslims wholesale from Western society.

By fuelling further antagonism against Muslims, one of the desired goals is to build extensive social resistance against the refugee influx. In fact, on the day after the attack, a number of European countries made declarations that they intend to shut out the refugees, which affirms that this sinister plan has come into play.

In the face of this, there is a sincere need for leaders who will hold out against such vile and selfish plans of the deep states, and their merciless and inhumane methods.

Brave and virtuous Western leaders and administrators who are determined to overcome terrorism with love, peace, brotherhood, education and science will be the honoured forerunners on the path to peace in the world.

The writer is a political analyst.

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