Editorial

Terror theatre

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/4/2020 1:11:53 PM IST

 Close on the heels of the October 29 beheading of a woman and killing of three by an Islamic radical, another terror attack took place in Vienna, five days later on November 3, when an Islamic jihadist shot dead four people. These terror attacks are not isolated incidents but mark the spread of radical Islam across the world. Europe and the entire western world are staring at a rising and potential terror attack arising out of Islamic radicalisation. Islamic terror is like the elephant in the room in Europe which has been fighting shy of openly talking about it lest it depicts them of Islamophobia. These killers were from the same country which they chose to immigrate in order to have a better life or escape from their countries where Islam rules under the yoke of Sharia. The jihadist in Vienna – Kujtim Fejzulai was a member of ISIS and born in Austria of north Macedonian citizenship. Like Fejzulai, many Muslims in Europe, around 44 million (6% of the total population), including 19 million (3.8% of the population) in the European Union, do not see themselves as citizens of their countries but as Muslims. In recent years, Europe has experienced a record influx of asylum seekers fleeing conflicts in Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries. This wave of Muslim migrants has prompted debate about immigration and security policies in numerous countries and has raised questions about the current and future number of Muslims in Europe. Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population - even with no future migration. The west ensures freedom of religion which has provided the spread of radical Islam. While some in the west are apprehensive of Islamist terrorism, there are those among the liberals who vainly believe that the larger majority are Muslim humanists. The truth is that Muslims comes in a great variety of shapes and size. Many have moved from Muslim countries to Europe to escape Islamic oppression. Some are even negative to Islam. Like in liberal Sweden where Muslims are exerting their exclusiveness, they have their vision of Muslims as an entity separated from the rest of society with other rights and obligations are enthusiastically supported by people to the left in the political spectrum. Western human rights activists protest against laws prohibiting Muslim women to not wear hijab, yet do nothing when Muslim women are hounded for refusing to wear the hijab. It is a paradox as to how a person can loathe and hate the same society which he or she desires to be part of. Europe is battling with this paradox where the first and second generation immigrants from Muslim countries have led to rise in Islamic terrorism. The biggest problem is that the majority of Muslims, who the progressive liberals believe to be moderates, are not raising their voices nor seen to be totally opposing the ideology of Islamic terrorism. There will always been Muslims in Europe as they existed for centuries. It is only due to the influence of Saudi Arabian Wahhabism, a brand of fundamentalist Islam, that has led to the growth of jihadism. Even in this, the west, particularly the USA, should accept blame for propping the Saudi rulers to check the influence of the Russians. It is also not good news that ISIS has told supporters to exploit the disarray caused in western European countries by COVID.

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