Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Terrorism And Radicalisation: The Other Neglected Reasons (3)

This post is a sequel to the post here
Of course, I may be watched by spies for writing this. Prime Minister David Cameron has already accused people who argue for a robust debate away from the demonizing, as 'secretly condoning' terrorism. That's a redundant democracy, if you ask me. When did proposing a robust and divergent discussion and debate in a democratic society become a taboo in democracy?

But then it exposes the Prime Minister as failing to be a true Statesman. Not that anyone is surprised, but that statement goes to support the separation we seek so as to nail some. Especially when the ingredients are there; the differences, the 'Other'-ness, the minority-ness, etc.
A few of the following examples corroborates this argument
When Anders Beivrick massacred 77 people in Sweden, our 'innocent' Western society, government and media refused to label him a terrorist. They refused, even in the face of damning evidence, to drag Christianity to the dock although he based and claimed his decisions and action were for safeguarding his so-called Christian Europe. But no, Christianity cannot be blamed. Why? Because he is of White heritage.

But compare that to the bombings in London Underground and Bus network; we labelled the men involved terrorists outrightly even before any evidence was found. Why? Because they are Asian heritage and Muslim. Imams were asked to stop them; communities were blamed for 'condoning' them. As if those retards, like their fellow retard in Sweden, planned it all in the open village square.

Then consider Dale Cregan luring and killing two unarmed police officers in Manchester. Was Cregan ever called a terrorist? Was his religion ever brought into the picture? Was his heritage ever mentioned? And finally and most importantly, did his community (of White) people, who brought him up, watched him turn into a superstar-criminal, was that community or his parents or the vicar/s in the areas he lived, ever asked to do more? No! And we know why...

Because when Michael Adebolajo and his co-criminal, Adebowale commited the heinous crime of slaughtering an unarmed soldier in broad daylight in Woolich, London, they were labelled terrorists straight-off. Islam was blamed. Their communities were blamed. Imams was asked to account for not stopping them. And worse still, they became British-Nigerians. Yes; the 'Other'.

We can count more... gun rampage in the USA attracts no such response or action let alone spying on the communities where the culprits came from so long as they are White.

So when we wonder what Radicalisation is; we should not be blind and ignore the causes of it. It is a result of the societal-sanctioned bias that reacts completely different to the failure of one sect as against another even when the crimes are equal in weighting.

I strongly believe that it is this constant reminder of being the 'Other'; of being treated shabbily different, of lack of [equal] opportunity, of welcomed-but-not-accepted, of not acknowledging efforts equally; these are what creates anger. That anger builds up into frustration. That frustration may grow into Radicalisation. At the end, the question for the victim of all these segregation is, 'what have I got to lose'.

Radicalisation will not end until we address the root causes. Sweeping them under the carpet, turning a blind eye to them or denying that they are not there will not solve them. If you dont want a tree, dont just prune the leaves or chop it down; uproot it entirely so it does not have a chance to regrow.

Because Radicalisation is the leaves and flowers of the tree of dejectedness and bottled up anger and elongated frustration. These are the other neglected reasons.

1 comment:

simonbbeech said...

I agree with what you say but you have to admit that many of these people perpetrated their acts in the name of their religion so it's bound to be mentioned as a contributory factor. That can be countered by saying that this is a perverse misreading of Islam (just as Christianity is misinterpreted by certain fundamentalists in the USA and consistently through history - it's a failure inherent to religion) and that most likely the underlying reasons are the psychologically wearing sense of otherness that minorities suffer as you describe. Very interesting post.

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