International Terrorism and Frankenstein Monster

In his book “Pirates and Emperors: Old and New International Terrorism in the Modern World.”, Mr. Noam Chomsky envisages that St. Augustine tells the story of a pirate captured by Alexander the Great. Alexander asked him, “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate replied, “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an Emperor.” An elegant and excellent answer expressed by the pirates above likely denotes the current realm. A situation that makes Muslim community today becomes an appropriate subject for terrorism.

Looking at the conversation above, it seems that many analysts, even today, had tried to dismiss the problems relating to the definition of terrorism with an old saying that ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. An old definition that captures the current relation between the United States and various minor actors on the stage of international terrorism. Simply, we can conclude that Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Palestine or even Indonesia and many other majority Muslim countries are terrorists and United States, Israel and their allies as a freedom fighter.

So, what problem, exactly, the world Muslim community had? Is it in the Holy Book of Quran? And if it is, then why aren’t most of us turn into it too? Zakir Nagar, in New Delhi, for instance, has a very large Muslim population. So why aren’t the Muslims of Zakir Nagar all terrorists? Obviously, it is not their religion that is turning Muslims into terrorists. So it must be something else. “But what could it be?” you might ask. Sigmund Freud, an Austrian psychologist, said in his book that terrorists are not shaped by their religion. And terrorists are not just born that way either. Terrorist are created by their childhood experiences. Terrorists are created by cruelty.

Take Afghanistan, for instance. They were created by centuries of systematic cruelty. First, the British brutally invaded Afghanistan. Then the Russian brutally invaded Afghanistan. Then the Americans brutally invaded Afghanistan. And now, we wonder why that beautiful country is overrun with terrorists? In this country, British, Russia, Americans and their European allies created a Frankenstein monster – day by day.

And during approximately 90 years, Palestine has been systematically invaded by various country of Europeans, such as Arthur Balfour or David Ben Gurion who create Frankenstein monster in Palestine too. And America to this day still keeps going its project of creating Frankenstein monster. Yes to answer that a few Palestinians have hijacked some airplanes – but Israelians and its counterparts have hijacked the entire region.

Face it guys. The whole Middle East has been under the jackboots of American and European colonialism and imperialism for a long, long, long time. And keep into your mind that you might also consider the suggestion that perhaps we are assuming at Islamic terrorists from the wrong perspective. Perhaps if it had not been for the calming influences of Islam, all these Frankenstein monster might have turned out even worse.

So, as to what motivates terrorists to use violence that the main cause of terrorism was, as stated by V. Held in his book “Terrorism, Right and Political Goals.”, dissatisfaction with a political or social system or policy and inability to change it through non-violent means. Consequently, it is the dissatisfaction of the people of Afghanistan, Palestinians, Iraqians and many other countries in the creation of Frankenstein monster within their own country. However, in a world transforming into a homogenized global village, stereotypes have taken on a real value. But as we set about to put the international terrorism down, a word of caution might be prudent.


~ by zulkhanip on October 1, 2010.

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