Lives once lost cannot be retrieved. It is the most grief-stricken experience to lose a loved one at any time how much more when it could have been avoided. We need to examine root causes and address this as best we can in order to reduce the number of terrorist incidents. For those who will argue that part of these fundamental reasons include years of Western foreign policy in the Middle East, I agree. I too have often been incensed at the high-handed arrogance and bare-faced hypocrisy behind Western intervention and meddling in the affairs of Middle East countries. We invade their countries and end up killing thousands of innocent Muslims in the name of trying to do what we feel is ‘right’ which is usually for economic interest or to impose a form of democracy that might sound appealing but is inherentlyalien to the culture, way of life and values of the people whose countries are being invaded. When internal conflicts arise in these countries, we worsen political polarisations by taking sides based on superficial political or ideological insight and we arm factions against each other. The very same factions that end up becoming worse dictators than the ones we killed and maimed innocent lives to oust from power.
We use the sophistication of language and Western intellect to rationalise and justify the killings we perpetrate by our interventions and invasions. After we have ‘succeeded’ with the spread of chaos, we leave these nations to a fate that even the very worst of their dictators never inflicted on them though out the years of dictatorship. Muslims in this country see the destruction inflicted by often unwarranted Western intervention; they witness the decimation of their original societies of origin, their loved ones unwitting victims of war and invasion; though they live in the UK and are part of British society, they are emotionally stirred and psychologically scarred from what they consider to be an unjust invasion against defenceless societies. Hatred for the injustices they witness is stirred in their hearts against the West and its double standards. The beginnings of a mindset rooted in the need to retaliate against the West becomes berthed. I could go on but I think we get the picture.
The fact is that the blood of Muslims is as precious as the blood of any others in the West. Just as an example, the human casualties from the Iraq war since 2003 now runs into several millions dead and still dying. No one weeps, screams or lights up tall buildings at the death of each innocent Muslim lost through a needless and calculating invasion justified by lies and political deception. Yes, I hate what Islamic terrorism is doing to our societies in the West but we the West also have blood on our hands. I call it white collar terrorism. Indeed, Western intervention in most cases has left its own undeniable trail of own carnage, destruction and misery. We have our own part to blame as we continue to play political Gods with the political destiny of other nations. When the consequences finally come to roost in our backyards, we cry terrorism and we label the perpetrators vile, callous, evil, wicked. Perhaps so, but it is all a matter of perspective depending on where one’s heart and one’s allegiance lies. We play cynical politics, whilethe terrorists live and die by their ideological convictions, however misguided.