How to Put an End to Islamic Terrorism
04 Aug, 2008
Bangalore or Bangaluru, the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is a city of 6 million people. It is also the hi-tech capital of India and is the home of software superpowers like Infosys Technologies and Wipro. On Friday, July 25, the city was rocked by 8 serial blasts that reportedly took place within 12 minutes at around 1.30 PM, just after the Friday’s Muslim congregational prayer in local mosques. The blasts killed one and injured more than 15.
The high orchestration for first five or six blasts suggests the use of precision timing devices in the blasts. But, according to the experts, the explosive used was not of sophisticated type and most probably ammonium nitrate, mixed with a booster, was used by the terrorists. The investigators believe that the primary objective of the miscreants was to convey the message that they have the capacity of hitting any target wherever and whenever they like. However, no organization has yet claimed the responsibility of the bombings.
On the next day, i.e. on Saturday, 26th July, 17 bombs were exploded in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat, killing 49 people and injuring many. There were two blasts in Maninagar and the first blast occurred in this area at 6.45 PM. The second blast here occurred near LG hospital. It should be pointed out here that Maninagar is the constituency of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Some of the bombs were believed to have been placed in cycles as it were in the Jaipur blasts on May 13, in which 65 persons died. A couple of bombs were reported to have been placed in tiffin boxes, in a modus operandi similar to the explosions that took place outside a Lucknow court last year.
A Muslim organization, called “Indian Mujahideen”, has claimed the responsibility of the Ahmedabad blasts through an e-mail, but the security personnel are convinced that it is a handy-work of the infamous “Students Islamic Movement of India” or SIMI, in a new guise. In any case, the attacks have served a caution that the country that, even after 60 years of independence and despite its present economic progress, it remains vulnerable to terrorism. Both the Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Amit Shah suspect international conspiracy in the attack. But the modus operandi of the attack suggests involvement of local Muslims as well. There is no doubt that the bombs were planted with local knowledge as it was not possible for the outsiders to plant them at vulnerable spots. The un-exploded bombs have been sent to the forensic department to ascertain the type of explosive used and why they did not go off. “So far, no arrest has been made,” says the Home Minister on Thursday, July 30.
The matter does not end here. Meanwhile, various Terrorist Muslim organizations have sent threat letters to the authorities of various cities to blow up important buildings. A letter from SIMI activists has threatened to blow up the 7-storey building of Vadodara stock exchange. Till yesterday (30th July), 26 unexploded bombs were discovered and defused in the city of Surat in Gujarat. Police suspects local involvement in these activities. On the other hand, on July 29, the Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 20 kg opium near Indo-Pak border in the Barmer district of Rajasthan. It should be mentioned here that smuggling of drugs and other narcotics are used to fund terrorist activities. The incident suggests that many such blasts may take place in the near future in Indian cities.
How to Contain Islamic Terrorism
Whenever an incident of terrorist attack occurs in a civilized society, the law enforcing authorities become convinced that it has been done by a terrorist organization like Al Qiada, or Laskar e Taiba, or Hizb ul mujahideen etc. and the culprits are a few people associated with those organizations. Or more pointedly, a few misguided young Muslim men, who are associated with the said terrorist organizations, have committed the crime. So they start to find clues to ascertain which organization is associated with the attack and after that tries to arrest those people to start a legal procedure against them. After 9/11, the US security agencies could ascertain that the al-Qaeda terrorists were involved. So the US armed forces attacked base camps of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, bombed the al-Qaeda hide-outs. In a similar manner, Indian authorities, after a terrorist attack, go for tracing the terrorist organization involved and to capture a few people, who have committed the crime.
However, in reality, it is not only a few terrorists among Muslims, who are responsible for such a terrorist and subversive act. Every pious Muslim, who takes the oath of killing the kafirs five times a day through their prayers, cannot be dissociated from these barbarous, heinous acts. There is no doubt that the Koran is the fountainhead of Islamic terrorism, as it says: “when the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them and take them captive ….” [Quran 9:5]. There are numerous such verses in the Quran invoking violence against harmless non-Muslims. Anyone who believes in the Koran, wittingly or unwittingly, is complicit in the terrorist acts, which some among them commit, by acting upon the common Muslim belief.
Islamic terrorism, therefore, cannot be wiped out by capturing a few terrorists and killing them or by putting them in jails. So long, this terrorist belief, inherent in their central focus of life—their religion—their community will continue supplying new recruits, probably with increased number, to sustain terrorism. The years, since the 9/11 terror acts in the US, has proved this point most glaringly. To put an end to Islamic terrorism, actions should be taken against the root—the Muslim religion. The entire Islamic faith, and the Muslim community for that matter, act as the breeding ground and cover for the terrorists to plan and execute their mindless violence. The fingers should be pointed at the right place, if we are to contain and survive this barbaric Islamic scourge—both here in India and elsewhere.
The Koran—more pointedly, its hateful kafir-killing verses—is the fountainhead or the source of inspiration for Muslim terrorism. So, the first step to end Islamic terrorism is to ban that blood-curdling holy book.
Most people maintain that not all among the Muslims are bad and there are good or moderate Muslims as well. While this is true, but they cannot be exonerated from their complicity in the terrorist acts, simply because, there is only one Koran—and no good and bad Koran. Muslims, through their profession of the Islamic faith, promise terrorist acts against the kafirs of much greater proportions, such as complete extermination of the polytheists—Hindus, Buddhists, Animist among them. So, to put an end to the menace called Islamic terrorism, the entire Muslim community must be told of where lies the problem and what is expected of them.
We, the civilized people, must have the responsibility of protecting the right to life of every innocent citizens. Stark measures must be undertaken against those who profess harm to human lives for whatsoever reasons. The worth of innocent lives is much greater than those of sworn murderers; and the loss of every innocent life must be redeemed in due measure. If the entire world-community of kafirs adopt such firm measures, Islamic terrorism will evaporate fast.
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