21 Feb 2016

13/11, Paris attack.



Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, and your actions become your habits. After hearing the news of terror attack on Paris, this quote makes more sense. When an armed gunner engaged in mass shooting without any second thought of all the innocent people present over there and indulges in suicide bombing at several public places like cafes, restaurants and concert hall is nothing but the result of  provocative violent thoughts filled in these terrorist’s mind. This we have witnessed from time to time. Be it 26/11 Mumbai attack, 11/9 New York attack or 13/11 Paris attack.
What is now known as habit was once just a thought. A thought based on Jihad. The word which appeared many times in Holy Quran. But what does Quran says about killing other people? Quran says that killing of any human being is worst act in God’s eye. The Quran state that killing one person is like killing entire human race (5:32). Committing such an act nurtures nothing but the violence. And those who indulge in such an act have no relation with Islam.
If you see these activities under the microscope you will observe these conflicts are running along two axis. The first and major one is religion. If you look closely in Islam there is dispute between Shia and Sunni over who is the true inheritor of the mantle of the Prophet Muhammad. The Shias believe that Islam was transmitted through the household of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that it comes down through followers of the Prophet Muhammad who, they say, are his chosen people. ISIS believes that the Shias are apostates and must die in order to forge a pure form of Islam.
Then there is ambition of supremacy. Which is just the byproduct of getting neglected and receiving the subordinate treatment from developed countries. These attacks remains the proof of that supremacy.
As per the research done by FSKN (Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation) IS makes $1billion annually on Afghan heroin trafficked through its territory. ISIS has accepted funding from government or private sources in the oil-rich nations of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait—and a large network of private donors, including Persian Gulf royalty, businessmen and wealthy families. Newsweek has learned, that these donations are also routinely laundered through unregistered charities in the form of “humanitarian aid,” with terrorists coordinating geographical drop-off points for payments using cellphone applications such as WhatsApp and Kik. Not only can WhatsApp be used around the world but, crucially, it incorporates a GPS mapping tool that makes it easier for terrorists to communicate their exact locations to each other. Kik offers the added benefit of allowing terrorists to register a username without providing a phone number that could identify them. Affiliated ISIS Twitter accounts openly publish their Kik usernames. ISIS' biggest financial coup so far was no doubt the looting of the central bank in Mosul, which brought them the equivalent of about $429 million in cash. Additional banks in Mosul and other areas under ISIS control were also plundered. As per the news revealed by The express tribune on 28th January 2015, Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria, $600 per person. Sex, money and ammunition are three major attractions which fascinate today’s youth and making them spread the violence.  
Now the question remains how could we banish violence and terror from the world? According to UNESCO ‘violence begins in the mind. Therefore any efforts to eradicate this challenge needs to start from the same’. If we further dig down deep we may find some of the reasons too. One of the reasons is lack of education. Education gives you the ability to decide what is wrong and right. It helps you generate your own thought process and directs you to right path. Other reason could be unemployment. Unemployment creates an idle mind. An idle mind is devil’s workshop which may result to temptation towards doing bad things and ultimately violence start sprouting inside the mind which results in violent thoughts and finally into violent action.
Is violence against violence the correct answer? Then what difference it makes between us and them. Tit for tat is defiantly not an answer. As correctly said by Mahatma Gandhi an eye for an eye will make the whole nation blind. If at all France decides to engage in to the war against any terrorist group other countries like Russia will also interfere. US won’t be any exception it will also interfere in the war, because after all they too suffered from such attacks but their motive will be different.  Initially the war which is against any particular organization will eventually become against countries like Iraq and Syria where these organizations are based. These nations are members of OPEC. OPEC is the cartel of oil producing countries. Oil is nothing but the lifeline of all the developing and developed countries except countries like America. America has huge oil reserves in Texas and they have also developed the technology called sand oil which made them totally independent that’s why US stopped import of oil from OPEC countries. This abrupt stoppage made the situation like more supply and less demand because America alone used to consume 1/3rd of total world’s consumption. That’s the reason for the dropped in the crude oil prices.       
Once these OPEC countries get involved in the war chances are higher that they will stop producing this black gold. Nations will starve without any crude oil. Development will stop. Entire world will go back at least10 years from now. This will be one outcome of war. Another outcome will be mass destruction. Organizations like ISIS are getting support from various countries in one or the other ways. US won’t enter the war directly but it will defiantly help to continue the war with supply of arms and ammunition. As a result there will be mass destruction; economies of countries will get crippled. US will start giving loan to such countries under the name of humanitarian cause and once again it will establish its supremacy, because that’s what they have done so far, from Second World War till now. Old habits die hard. There is more than just a war its all about international politics. Therefore violence against violence is not an answer.
We need to work for this cause at three fronts. First, we need to pinpoint all the funding to such terrorist group and need to cut them and make these groups starve without the resources. Then we need to rehabilitate and make them human again. We need to give jobs to those hands which are busy in carrying the guns and ammunition. We need to occupy their minds to some constructive work. If they are capable of planning and executing such massive attacks they certainly can make some innovative constructive work. All it needs is a motive to help their country rise, a motive to make their country shine. To do this one more essential thing required is education. As rightly said by Martin Luther King Jr,“Education helps the person to think intensively and critically.” The good example of this is, a ship in rough sea. Its weight won’t sink itself no matter how deep the sea is? But the ship itself is having a hole in it then no matter how small the hole is or how strong the ship is it is bound to sink some or the other time in future. So if we made a habit of thinking good and staying away from negative thoughts then there will be less chances of happening of any negative action.