We are all concerned today over the rise in hate created terrorist crime.
My thoughts today are related to the root cause of terrorism. Whenever we read of a terrorist strike, there is an immediate outcry from certain factions of the community, sadly also from some of our leaders, not only condemning the barbaric act of senseless violence, which is only right and proper, but also calling for draconian measures such as closing our borders to those they deem to be of risk to our society.
As an outsider, looking in, I’ve been struck by a couple of issues. In general, it appears that these terrorists are often “home-grown” terrorists, that is many of them were born and raised in the lands they committed these terrorist acts. Will closing the borders to, for example, all Muslim peoples, solve this problem, I don’t think so. People are trumpeting this xenophobic, racist and intolerant message on the back of some prominent, self-serving, politicians’ rhetoric.
We need to stop and think. Why are many of these seemingly, often sweet, innocent young people throwing their lives away in the pursuit of a flawed religious ideal? This is the 21st Century. Borders are irrelevant. Building walls, stopping immigration, none of these silly ideas will have the effect of stopping these terrorists from being radicalised. Terrorism has nothing to do with religion, nationality, or race, but is more a mental health issue, an act born out of fear or jealousy born of extreme need and lack of truthful education, all of which can create hatred. These young people are getting their indoctrination into hatred from two principal sources. /The Internet and 2/ Radicals using and exploiting our protection of Freedom of Speech to spread their gospels of hate, fear, and loathing.
Freedom of Speech is a right we all hold dear to our hearts and we believe it to be one of the cornerstones of democracy. BUT, with every right comes a responsibility. The responsibility given with the right of Freedom of Speech is to accept that it DOES NOT include the right to denigrate any person, or sector of society, in a hateful and subversive way. The solution to these people is to deal with them in the appropriate lawful manner. If they are citizens they should be charged with the appropriate criminal charge, be it inciting hate, or whatever the statutes allow for. If they are not a citizen, then deport these evil, hateful people back to their own country. The most important thing we can do as a Society is to listen to those who practice the true tenets of their religions. Call them moderates, call them whatever you want. They and right thinking people everywhere ABHOR this desecration of their sacred beliefs. More than anyone, they want these terrorists stopped and they ARE doing something about it. In a recent example, the Manchester Arena bomber was reported to authorities on five separate occasions as being someone who could be a threat and was being radicalised. He was reported by moderate Muslims, his friends and members of his family. Yet, sadly, no intervention was carried out and he wreaked his deadly carnage on the poor people and children of Manchester. We must embrace and listen to our Muslim friends if we are to hope to stop this horror in its tracks.
Let the politicians destroy the heads of the evil vipers, wherever they survive and flourish and we, as caring, concerned citizens will do our part by seeking out, reporting and acting on those children of the viper who nest amongst us. Whatever we do, please do not respond to the xenophobic calls for revenge and hate against an entire section of our community. Fight hate with tolerance, love, and understanding and tell the self-serving politicians to shove their ill-informed rhetoric.
Please don't allow fear to breed hate in our hearts!
The world is still a beautiful place!
Written and by author and artist Ryn Shell