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Terrorism has Worked for Islam in India

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Submitted by B.N.Gururaj (India), Apr 25, 2009 at 03:23

I read the article with considerable interest. I am sorry to note that while considering terrorist victims, the writer and the study have ignored the fact that though specific objectives have not been achieved, the Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Kashmir, North-Eastern parts of India have been substantially successful. So much so that the government in these parts is totally paralysed. Even the security forces themselves are not safe. They have to defend themselves against external enemy across the border, and attacks from within the border, usually suicide attacks. All terrorist attacks in India are not suicide attacks. In recent series of bomb blasts in different Indian cities (2008), in all the cases, the terrorists got away safely. These successes of murderous jihadists cannot be ignored. If anything, they would emboldened to commit more agression.

Instead of determining success of terrorists with reference to the macro object, it would be better to evaluate the terrorist attacks with limited short term objective with which these are committed, such as creating fear psychosis, creating distrust amongst different groups within a society, paralysing public life, retarding economic activities, diversion of financial resources for resisting terrorism instead of developmental work. To this extent, the terrorists indeed succeed, no matter how disasterous the attack is for them.

One would think that life is the most precious possession of a person. But, when a mujahideen is willing to throw away this greatest possession for religio-political objectives, what else can stop such an attacker?

To consider Pakistan as terrorist victim is ironical. If Pakistan is in trouble today with its homegrown Taliban, it because it has unleashed a Frankenstein monster which has now turned back on Pakistan.

As far as Islam inspired terrorism is concerned, time has never been a consideration. Jihad can go on for centuries, until the objective of Islamisation of the world is achieved. Therefore, to think that due to limited success, terrorist activities will abate or diminish will be tantamount to ostrich attitude.

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