CAVEAT: I wrote this article 15 years ago, just after Al-Qaeda’s attack on Pentagon and World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. I was in my sophomore then and a novice in the art of writing.
The avalanche of terrorist activities, leaving sorrow, tears and death in thousands, is worth worrying about. From Europe to Asia, America to Africa, and sweeping through Australia – it has been globalised, with deaths and colossal tragedies in its wake. War experts predicted after the World War II that it was only another war of such magnitude that could truncate world peace. How wrong they were? Terrorist activities of today not only denied the whole humanity the said peace but have also succeeded in eluding individuals the much needed security. Public places such as hotels, cinemas, offices, homes and even churches and mosques are not spared. Where then can one be assure of security?
Until recent past, many people were not familiar with the now dreaded word ‘Terrorism’. Not that it is a newly coined but because it is not among the familiar household words. Ironically, however, this hitherto obscure word has metamorphosed to gain importance and popularity not only in the literate circles but also among the illiterates alike. In fact, it is now been erroneously used in homes and particularly in higher institutions of learning: it is either a husband is terrorizing his wife or student cultists terrorizing fellow students or male teachers/lecturers terrorising female students, and vice versa.
To cut-off the fanfare, the exhumation of the word ‘Terrorism’ emanated from the condemned Al-Qaeda Networks (a terrorist outfit under the tutelage of the accursed Osama Bin Laden) attack on World Trade Centre and Pentagon building (America Military Stronghold) on September 11 2001. Though this is not the first attack to be carried out by Bin Laden led terrorist formation, the totality of the havoc not only brought to the fore the man’s inhumanity to man but also shows how useless and ineffective man-made security could be. Because, that America –the acclaimed world power– could easily fall prey and be crushed by some bunch of shallow and insane criminals is not only unbelievable but also astonishing.
Not that Osama’s criminal organization deserves commendation but because America who, according to the United Nations Organization (UN) believed to be acquiring, manufacturing and owned 34% of world’s ammunition could be so death a crushing blow by certain individuals is a food for thought.
The one million question people are now asking is: when and who actually started terrorist activity?
Well, the answer is not far-fetched. Terrorism is as old as humanity itself. It would have been more explicit if incidents in the Holy Bible and Holy Quran is cited but in other to avoid religious impasse that might resulted from such retrospection, attempt at unravelling the mystery surrounding terrorist activities will be confined only to happenings as from the 20th century.
It is pertinent to clarify here that this essay is in no way an effort in defence of terrorism nor aimed at supporting any country or religion. Rather, the objective is to make use of both critical and logical analysis at unravelling the cause(s) of the now rampant terrorist activities and their formations that is becoming globalised.
Since there is hardly the mentioning of terrorism without America’s name been dragged into it, it will not be a waste of effort if America’s solo efforts at crushing Osama’s Al-Qaeda Networks and its allies is scrutinized. The one question in this regard, which a novice in world politics may not easily find clue to is: is America not taking too much? For me the answer is YES! America undoubtedly is taking more than enough. Of course, her no-nonsense stance in her international policy is worthy of commendation but, if bigotry is to be set aside, America is trespassing her bound and also defying the United Nation’s Charter on territorial sovereignty of other nations; she is guilty of infringement. And since ‘Terrorism’ as defined by the Advance Learners Dictionary of English Language is an act of using force (power) to suppress, oppress or intimidate, so is America’s role in international politics. Or, can America exonerate itself from the disintegrations of Germany and Soviet Union? Just to mention a few of her atrocities.
Of course, some pro-United States columnists may have me blacklisted as anti-American. No, I am not. On the contrary, I really commend United States for her untiring efforts that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi’s clutch (Gulf War of 1991), the 1919 return of Alsace and Loraine by Germany to France (which the former had forcefully taken in the France-German war of 1870-71), her role in ending both the First and Second World Wars, the formation of the League of Nations (1919) and later the formation of the United Nations Organization at San Francisco in 1945, the disruption of Bin Laden terrorist formations and her solo efforts at resolving the Middle East crisis, among others.
For want of space, I would like to round-off by crystallizing the difference in America and Bin Laden’s forms of terrorism. While that of the former, to laudable degree, is positive, the latter is condemnable in its entirety.
Are you confused by the grammatical ambivalence thus created by my choice of words in referring to America as a ‘POSITIVE TERRORIST’ nation? Well, what I mean is that America’s form of terrorism has positive objective. Though the word ‘OBJECTIVE’ means aims – either devilish or angelic – the fact here is that America’s objective, to appreciable degree, have positive underlining.
In contradistinction, the bunch of criminal enthusiasts in the name of Al-Qaeda is never positive. The organization in 1998 not only succeeded in bombing American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (July 7, and Oct 8, respectively) but also send many people to early graves at every opportunity. In the two attacks properties worth millions of dollars ended in shambles while large number of people were also wounded. These are just few of their atrocities against humanity. The whole universe should rise against them and their accomplices for peace to reign.
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