In recent times, the world has been shaken by acts of unnecessary and unparalleled violence. The bombings in Ankara, Brussels, Istanbul, and most recently, Pakistan have shown that terror is happening at an all time high and in a time frame never witnessed before in modern history. There have been massive one-time attacks before, but never something so consistent in such a limited time frame.
These attacks beg just one question. All seem incredibly meaningless, happening at countries that seem a little too random. Note that this article is not a debate on who’s right or who’s wrong, and certainly this article has nothing to do with religious stance. Note also that for people who claim that Muslim bodies are behind the attacks, 3 of the aforementioned 4 targeted countries are countries with a majority Muslim populace. Twice in Turkey, and once in Pakistan.
The question is simple: Why?
What do the terrorists hope to achieve with all the senseless killings, causing too many innocent deaths? Maybe the terrorists find some form of sick satisfaction in seeing the disarray and fear their actions cause. There are definitely a lot more theories than I am able to accommodate at this time. Mine is simple. They want to incite fear. I don’t mean fear of the terrorists themselves, or the bombings. Realistically, most of us will never expect the bombings to occur locally, and we hope to God that it’ll never happen.
They want to incite the most basic human fear we’ve ever had to overcome - fear of each other. They want us to fear what is not ‘us’. Anything and everything that we do not practice as a norm. To quote one of the wisest beings to have existed, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” I’ve omitted the first part of the quote so the readers can stay on topic.
They want the Christians to fear the Muslims, and the Muslims to fear the Christians, and everyone else in between to fear what they do not understand. The worst part is that they are succeeding. The UK and the USA are facing a radical form of Islamophobia. In Scotland just recently, a Muslim shop owners wishing his Christian friends Happy Easter was stabbed to death. Again, this article is not a religious debate. The point is that the terror attacks are executed to cause fear and hatred amongst us, the people who witness these attacks.
Thus, there is one way we can ensure that they will never win, that their attacks will have been for nothing, and that the innocents who were killed weren’t killed to fuel their terrorist agendas.
We must love, instead of hate. We must strive to understand, and not misinterpret. We must unite, and not segregate. That is the only way WE win. To hate, to segregate, is to let the terrorists win.
Now you get the idea, let’s apply it to our local situation. The local leaders who tell you to fight only for your race, and use your religion as a basis for THEIR agendas, will you let them win? The people who tell you that one race is bad and that they don’t belong in where they were born, will you support them still?
The decision is entirely yours.
Remember, sitting on the fence, and not playing sides doesn’t work that well when evil triumphs good. I’d like to share another overused quote.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
But then again, it is up to you.
By Aaron Lim