Asghar Ali Engineer
It is still not known definitely as to who exactly was responsible for these bombings but some
obscure group not known before has claimed it. In
Why do they resort to such operations in which, more often than not, they loose their lives in the prime of their youth? Is it because of their religious fanaticism? Can such operations be explained as mere acts of religious fanaticism? I think not. No psychologist will agree with such oversimplified explanations. But unfortunately our media people and columnists fall easy prey to such oversimplifications.
It is in fact very complex phenomena and number of factors will have to be taken into account. Every human being reacts emotionally, including the most educated, to certain major events involving national and international proportions. Such reactions find different levels of expression from condemnation to moral indignation to violent acts of retaliation. Also, a sense of helplessness can result in acts of senseless retaliatory violence. When one cannot punish the real culprits one begins to strike at innocent people of that nation or community.
The US and
The terrorists also use highly destructive weapons
manufactured by the west and smuggled or stealthily sold by the manufacturers.
These terrorists use same weapons as the forces of US and
These youths acting as suicide bombers or planting car
bombs etc. are not so much ‘fanatics as angry young men boiling with anger at
these western countries destroying their countries and killing and raining
death and destruction. In
This is not to justify the bombing in
I think the West particularly Bush and Blair better
refrain from invading these counties if they really care for their democratic
values to prevail as they so often declare from every platform. When
Everyone knows that hatred begets hatred and violence
begets violence. In modern world violence should have no place. Before anyone
else West must learn this. In their greed for oil they
do not hesitate in violating international law in invading these countries. UN
had not sanctioned war against
Once during discussion an American official
told me if it is political and not religious issue why these terrorists invoke
Islam. I told him why
President Bush invokes freedom and democracy every time to justify his invasion
This is only to explain things in proper perspective. I am strong opponent of violence per se, whatever the cause. In the distant past when there was no concept of freedom and democracy violence may have had some justification. It has none in our times. In modern world violence can be very very obnoxious. Science and technology has provided us with highly dangerous weapons. Now even frontal war cannot be restricted to combatants alone. There will always be more civilian casualties than those of the combatants.
For me violence will have no justification even in absence of such destructive weapons. Only love and peace can sustain humanity on this planet. Only greedy or angry people or those who believe in ideology of hate will resort to violence. And as violence begets violence we should not counter violence with violence. Buddha, Mahavir Jain, Christ, Prophet Muhammad and Mahatma Gandhi in our own times have shown it is only love, peace and compassion which can effectively counter hatred and violence.
In our globalised world all
countries are multi-religious and multi-cultural. If few members of one
community use violence against another community it can inflame situation and
destroy the very spirit of multi-culturalism. This is
precisely what has happened in
The unfortunate bombing in
Though problem is not religions, as pointed out above, yet such an appeal acts as a balm and helps healing the wounds inflicted by such destructive violence. In modern times unfortunately political ideologies have brought more death and destruction as political leaders represent interests of greedy capitalists and in their hunt for profit they do not hesitate to use violence against other countries under one or the other pretext. It therefore, seems religions can become better resource for peace if religious leaders do not misuse them for their personal interests.
We need more Gandhis in the
modern world to spread message of non-violence in politics. What is saddening
is that even
As I have pointed out in one of my articles earlier the world of Islam also needs a Gandhi to preach love and peace. In the past we had several sufi saints like Maulana Rumi to spread message of love and peace but in modern Islamic world of Islam has not produced a towering figure like Gandhi or Khan Ghaffar Khan to give soothing message of peace and love. It needs one very badly.