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Terrorism
By Christian Nseka
September 25, 2014

When most people think of a terrorist, the image that comes in mind is that of an Arab Muslim. The reality, however, is that not all Arabs are terrorists. Neither are all Muslims terrorists. This overgeneralization of Arabs and Muslims being terrorists does not help in the fight again terrorism. It perpetuates the schism and, I think, contributes to the growth of terrorist networks if not to the creation of new terrorist organizations that are more sophisticated, more determined, far reaching, and more resilient.

There are people who become terrorists simply because of how they have been labeled and marginalized "within their political communities" (Moscoe, 2013) based on their physical appearance, ethnicity, and/or religion. These marginalized people might experience less hesitation when called upon to fight again those the terrorist networks consider to be the "infidels." This calls for an objective approach to the fight again terrorism.

Because it is looked at as if an ethnic problem, terrorism will continue to be a major problem if nothing changes. Terrorism is not a biological warfare for it is not driven by biological differences. Case in point, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been killing Arabs as well as westerners, Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Hence, terrorism is rather an ideological warfare because it is driven by a distinguished ideology (Friedman, 2014). The most effective way to combat terrorism is to confront in all fronts—militarily, politically, diplomatically, and ideologically. So far, the ideological front has been overlooked. There must be an ideology that should confront and overshadow any terroristic ideology.

ISIS’s operations can be used as a testament to the fact that terrorism is not a biological warfare. Those who do not abide by ISIS’s ideology, be they Iraqis, Syrians, males, females, Muslims, or non-Muslims, face an atrocious end (News Middle East, 2013). Again, there must emerge an ideology that should help in the fight against terrorism. It’s time to find it.

References:

Friedman, T. (2014, September 16). Take a deep breath: ISIS and the Arab world. The New York Times.
     Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com
Moscoe, A. (2013, November 15). Why do people join terrorist groups?. University of Ottawa.
     Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu
News Middle East. (2013, December 19). Abuse 'rife in secret al-Qaeda jails in Syria.' BBC.
     Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com