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GLOBALISED TERRORISM: A FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Opinion, Politics

 

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY: THE HYDRA-HEADED WEBS OF LIFE

CAVEAT: I wrote this article 14 years ago. I was in my sophomore then and a novice in the art of writing.

 

I was waiting for so long for a miracle to come

Everyone told me to be strong

Hold on and don’t shed a tear

Through the darkness and good time

I knew I’d make it through…

 Yes! That is her exact words. Though rendered in song so cool, tender, sonorous and beautiful to the hearing, yet it carries strength; shows determination and courage. A combination of poetic artistry with a melodious voice to match: you hear it. You feel it.  That is Celine Dion for you.

 Born in the French-speaking region of Canada, Quebec to be precise, Celine Dion started her music career at the tender age of 12 – thanks to her producer then, Rene Angelil, who she later married. Although she was born into a musically talented family, her quick rise to stardom is an exemplary feat in the music world. She was known the world over as an accomplished musician with the ability and capacity so captivating, and unequalled. Prejudice apart, her songs will forever be the best of R & B’s.

 Then, the ‘UGLY’ and the ‘BAD’ set; in bended on putting paid to her blissful life and career. Rumours have it that her overage husband is dead while it was believed in some quarters that Celine herself is suffering from infertility. Though it is hard to believe these tales as gospel truth, but it is evident that the R & B guru sailed in a tempestuous sea. It is now a known fact that her husband, during the hiatus of her music career, suffered from a protracted cancer of the lung while Celine Dion herself did not had it good in giving birth to her son, Rene-Charles Angelil. The birth of her first son nearly terminated her life. She indirectly confirmed this is one tract of her new album “A New Day as Come”

Like a door way of my life

All the leaves are falling down

Although I try to pick them up

There are so many I think I will drown….

I feel the pain, but feel no shame…

And all that I can do is pray…

And as the adage says “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal” so is Celine Dion’s days of anguish that has now ebb away. Gone is her pain, gone is her sorrow: her crumbling world is rebuilt.

 Celine’s days of turbulence is a lesson to all mortals. She rose from a nobody; from slum to become the toast of the world, a nonentity to a celebrity. Hers is a success story. Yet, her fortune changed. Life shows her that there are two sides to everything – the good and the ugly. She has this to say:

 Life, it can twist your heart

Put you in the dark

Build the wall within…

Faith, it can lift you up…

To reach a new beginning.

 

The above tells of her sad experiences and of her resolve not to succumb, not to relent, and of her determination to scrape through. She knows that life is a road beset with roses and thorns and thereby braced herself. She triumphed at the end.

 What about you? Are you embroiled in same or similar problems? Well, my advice is that you adapt yourself to whatever situation you find yourself. And, according to George Bernard Shaw “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world (situations): the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” To forge ahead you must be determined, courageous and possess the zeal to overcome the labyrinths of the ‘uglies and the ‘bads’ of life.

 Remember the maxim that says “Winner don’t quit and quitters don’t win”.

 

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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Opinion, True Life

 

ESE ORURU SAGA: MY TAKE!

  
Emir of Kano and the Police hierarchy erred in Eze Oruru abduction saga. 

They only acted when the public outcry could no longer be ignored. And that was months after her parents had fruitlessly sought the assistance of the Emir and the Police in getting her back.

Both were (and are) in the position to take action at the very beginning. Allowing such opprobrious and uncivilised misdeed to go on for so long is a tactical approval.

Could they have kept mute and sanctioned the abduction and marriage of a 13 year old girl (without her parent’s consent) if she was their daughter?

Who else is the pillar of support for the proletariat if those in the position to support them left them to the caprices of human predators like Yunusa Yellow?

While it is possible to overlook the Emir’s culpability, the police officers who were apprised of the criminal act at the beginning have no excuse. They must be investigated and sanctioned if found guilty.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Opinion

 

FRIENDS IN NEED…

I went to the Source (Ile-Ife) yesterday; with my better-half. The trip was made more worthwhile and successful by the tenacious ternion: Kola Awokunle Fatherlandart, Ayotunde John and Micheal Dina.

Coming from ‘mini diaspora’, these friends – at different times of our home sojourning – sacrificed money and their precious times. They gave us their all.

Kola left his studios, not minding his many contracts wailing for attention and the need to restock his recently burnt Abuja studio. I had assumed that working with no distractions should be the problem for the nonce, for him to bounce back. I was wrong. After many hours with us, he was still adamant to go with us to see my ailing brother. Getting him back to his work was not easy.

I’m here prostrating (as wont amongst Yoruba) to thank Micheal Dina of OAUTHC. Our OAUTHC visit would have amounted to a nullity but for him. He deployed his official and non-official powers to bail us out of unpalatable bureaucratic bottlenecks that would have cost us another journey and money. Micheal is an incurable pollyanna. He went up-and-down with cheerful countenance; bypassing our nemesis – a fubsy staff with nothing to loose.

We are particularly grateful to John (Multiple Manager). He was a few thousands Naira poorer yesterday. All we wanted was to buy some provisions and fuel our car (unavoidable desiderata, at that point in time). And we did. But John paid for everything. Without prompting. I was graciously bewildered of his uncommon generosity.

Mrs. Roseline Olabisi thanks you all.

And I thank you too.

We are forever indebted. To all of you.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Opinion

 
 
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