Global terrorism: A local concern

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Columnist

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Today’s dynamic world is facing threats from various sources, and these threats can be natural or manmade. Global terrorism occupies the top position on the list of manmade threats. In fact, it has become the 21st century’s biggest challenge.
The threat of global terrorism is beyond our imagination. It can be felt by those countries that have become the scapegoats of this terrorism. According to the global terrorism database, there have been 98,000 terrorist attacks recorded across the world. This statistic shows us the gravity of the situation.
There is no need to point out any particular terrorist attack to show how terrorism has spread throughout the world. A loss of life from terrorism anywhere in the world is a concern for all nations. However, nothing can ever compensate for the lives lost in these attacks.
There is no single person or single country responsible for terrorism. But terrorists are leaving their marks everywhere. They are doing their level best to terrorize people in every possible way.
These incidents set off a case for the global reassessment of security infrastructure. We should fix the loopholes as soon as possible, by taking necessary actions.
Today, there is a law for almost everything in the world, and there is a penalty for whoever breaks it. But terrorists still break a variety of laws while avoiding the consequences.
However, terrorism is not the real problem. It is only a symptom of other problems like religious extremism, poverty, greed for power, lack of opportunities … the list goes on. No one is born a terrorist, but circumstances and environment leave them little choice but to become terrorists.
In recognizing their problems we do not justify their actions. To eradicate terrorism completely, we have to solve the actual problems that are breeding the terrorism. We need to follow pragmatic and multipronged approaches, to get the best results.
There is no yardstick to measure the strength of the terrorist network. There are so many organizations operating terrorist networks and providing training to young people.
Al-Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba are the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations. These groups are taking advantage of poverty and religion.
Every state law has its own limitations. It has no jurisdiction out of that state. Terrorists are taking advantage of this limitation. To prevent this limitation, we should enforce a strong and comprehensive international anti-terrorism law. This law should have jurisdiction throughout the world, but only against terrorist activities. However, the law should not interfere with any state’s sovereignty.
All states in the world, irrespective of small or large, strong or weak, should have a role to play in shaping and implementing the international anti-terrorism law. Governments across the world should create as many job opportunities as they can create locally. They should also strongly intervene with organizations that are misguiding citizens in the name of religion.
To implement these strategies successfully, religious institutions, nongovernmental organizations and civil societies across the world should unite in the fight against terrorism.
Nations should maintain a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism. Citizens must be educated about terrorism. The long and short of it? Every nation should fight tooth and nail to maintain peace and harmony across the globe.
It is our collective responsibility to maintain global brotherhood and stability. If we are unable to fix the problems now, we are asking for trouble. So it’s time for us to take a firm stand against terrorism to preserve human civilization.

Eslampure is a PSU graduate student in international business.

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