Radicalization, a deadly excuse for the weak part of man that decides to settle in his little thorny nest. The thing is that it doesn’t always point to terrorists. In different points of theories, everyone is a potential radical, it just depends on what type you are, and when you wouldn’t be able to place yourself in either, there’s a problem. There are three stated kinds namely the active, passive and violent radicals, sometimes the first and last linking to each other.
The Active Radical
This is when you don’t trust the system anymore, but it does not mean you aren’t feeling patriotic towards your country, in fact, this promotes it as you would always try to do something about what you despise in the government. Once you spot a protest in your favor, you would be the first to march. This can be the breeding ground for the violent radical, but not always unless things never go to your favor.
The Passive Radical
This is when you completely shut yourself down from the system because you find it so twisted, you have no reason to try to do anything about it. In fact, you never vote because to you everyone is the same and if you would be a crime witness, you wouldn’t bother calling the authorities.
The Violent Radical
This is when one takes it upon himself to make physical impacts in order to send clear messages to their oppositions. Most of the readers minds would skip to Muslims straight ahead, but violent radicals are globally blighted, fighting the police or even the armies head to head. The truth is, that man always waits for a good enough reason to be violent. Take the Maidan protestors in Ukraine or the Soweto uprising in South Africa back in 1976 where the laws forced them to learn the language of their white, Dutch oppressors.
Sadly, this often leads to Terrorism when a group of extremists find themselves empowered to make an even bigger impact, and then again, not just Muslims but we have seen terrorists of South Asian and North as well as East African descent as well as those hailing both from the Middle East and Caribbean. It finds itself everywhere but latterly, the question was why are the ones that have the greatest impact muslim?
All terrorists see themselves working up for their truth, and as they know what they do doesn’t make any instant positive impact, they are forced to believe that it all sums up to a wider “victory” whether real or imagined.
Originally, the Quran forbids suicide and infliction of wanted violence, but with so much diversity in the religion, radical Muslim clerks summoned Fatwas ( Islamic religious edicts that act as an exception to the Quran) usually in purpose to defend those who are defenseless and to fight the invasion on Muslim lands. To some extent it would have had a point, but only if these people were in the passive or active radical groups, which one are they in? you guessed it.
Hundreds of thousands of boys and men who have been looking up to these clerks since birth have no choice but to follow the word with promises that what they would do was written in the destiny of their lands and themselves. How could they ever think otherwise when their only faith of life commands them to kill people, that even if innocent, are nuisances and infections in their path to righteousness.
Today, the numbers of these kinds are rising as recruitments are happening everywhere, even through the screens on the deeper side of the internet. Howtos on how to build bombs, and hidden training camps. I paid a visit to all these exposures and what I saw was devastating, so much intel anyone with at least a match spark of hate within themselves would be dragged in to cause a wildfire.
There were stories of an educated housewife living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she stumbled upon some information on the Internet and decided her fate, she converted to Islam. Not too long after, she saw a cartoon drawn by a Swedish artist depicting Prophet Muhammed. This blue eyed woman made it her destiny to assassinate that artist, and what’s funny is she barely knew anything about Islam itself, in which if she submerged herself more into, would have seen the beautiful side of it.
Our Societies keep blindly fueling Terrorism in all it’s tanks, it creates problems that weren’t there in the first place. With shallow-minded stereotypes and racists spreading propaganda about people who follow Islam or those who simply have a Middle Eastern background, they create hate in places that were earlier blank. Giving the terrorists original excuses and reasons to execute more attacks. Take the Tsarnaev brothers for example who cited that the US invasions on Afghanistan and Iraq were the reasons behind their attack on the Boston bombing. See the problem? They are Chechens, Who in the time of that war had reported fighting against the Taliban themselves. What draws them to the other side regardless everything? Those same Clerks waking the radical inside of them. At this point, they would be blind.
At the start of the war on terrorism a dozen years ago the enemy was clear and plainly in sight. It was a large terrorist organization, situated mostly in one geographic location, and it was led by an identifiable leader. Today, when the borders between domestic and international terrorism have blurred, when our adversaries are not only identifiable organizations but enigmatic individuals, a complete re-thinking of our counterterrorism policies and architecture is needed. We built an effective defense against the previous threat. Our challenge today is to develop new defenses against this more amorphous, diffuse and individualized one.
“I saw a baby make a boom-boom in his diaper, and I thought, I’d never have suspected him of being a terrorist.” 🙂
Research from thedailybeast and Ian Welsh.
As long as there is man, there would be war.