Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anti-Terrorism- Beneficial or destructive?

David Cameron speaking at a press conference with Barack Obama in the White House

After the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, anti-terrorism defense has increased exponentially along side with anti islamic sentiments. After the massacre in paris, belgium police officers had another fire fight with suspected islamic extremist leading to multiple deaths and wounded- further escalating the anti-islamic sentiments. Such sentiments have also led to anti islam protest in Prague along with another anti islam protest in Germany that was called off because of threats of violence. There have also been protest against Charlie Hebdo in Palestine where the french flag was burned and in Gonzy where there is a large muslim community in Russia. With this growing tension, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced that they will start to reach out to other countries affected with terrorism such as Turkey, Egypt and Yemen to share intelligence on activities and airliner passenger information to aide with “security and anti-terror co-operation". she also added the necessity to improve communication with the arab speaking world to better understand their culture and there messages.

However peaceful those action plans have been there are also more direct action taking place as a result of the recent terrorist attacks beyond the massive increase of police in the EU. David Cameron the English Prime minister has recently visited the US to have discussions with Obama over the anti terrorism push back. They spoke of the poisonous fanatical extremism and how they will fight the long struggle to patiently defeat terrorism, and states that they will confront terrorism wherever it appears. Though both the EU and David Cameron's discussion were mostly directed about confrontation of terrorism domestically, with his language such as "confrontation" does not stop me from thinking that with these growing escalation and the recent attacks has acted as a catalyst for future “war against terrorism” or continuation of such war against such groups as ISIS. With police and anti terrorism forces quick to the trigger  we may being seeing a lot more violence to come as we have seen in belgium.

On the positive side with these attacks we may be merely bringing up wounds and hatred from the past more to light and give such communities a chance to correctly heal such wounds and gain better connection with the arab world as the EU foreign policy chief has proposed.

Do you believe these past events mark the beginning to better relation with arab countries to prevent terrorism or are merely acting as a precursor to future war and violence between US and EU forces against terrorist and Arab countries with large Muslim communities.

With The last visit of Cameron Davids Prime Minister of England in the US, do you think this marks a point of growth of US intervention in anti terrorism activity, if so to what extent?


1 comment:

Andros Petrakis said...

Sadly, I believe there is only one plausible solution to the extremist crisis, and it is one of the things extremists are fighting against. Education in Middle Eastern and heavily Muslim populated countries will do multiple things. First and foremost, the education would deradicalize upcoming generations, as they would see how the world actually is, compared to possible Islamic propaganda. It would also bring these countries farther out of Islamic radicalism by setting the foundation for a generation of youth that could rebuild their respective countries with more developed, fair governments. Killing the current extremists will do absolutely nothing, as they will become martyrs for the next generation to look up to as possible fathers, brothers, cousins could be killed.