BURNING SCHOOLS IN KASHMIR: WHERE IT IS AIMED AT?

The ongoing Kashmir crisis is in its 109th day. And by the attitude of the Indian government, it has become clear that it is not going to budge when it comes to the demands of the so-called freedom of Kashmir, something that is nothing but Pakistan sponsored militancy and propaganda to snatch Kashmir from India.

Now, the whole world, including Pakistan knows that it is not going to happen. But Pakistan would always want to inflict as much damage as it can, and it has found handy tools in Kashmir’s separatists, pro-Pakistani civilians and terrorists to exercise its sinister designs.

All these tools, in coordination, or in isolation, try to perpetrate acts that could compromise the Indian sentiments in Kashmir.

An important part of that militancy and propaganda is to drag Kashmir’s every upcoming generation away from everything that can propel it to think rationally about where its future lies. And a rational mind can never go with Pakistan, a fractured nation with an increasing notoriety of being a rogue nation that employs terrorism as its state policy.

So, the whole emphasis would be on killing this rationality.

The phase of insurgency that began in Kashmir in late 1980s has consumed a generation of Kashmiris. Post 2000, there have been attempts and development has seen some growth, including tourism, the mainstay of Kashmir’s economy. Excluding few instances, there has been an atmosphere of relative peace, even if gun sponsored.

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HOW GENERAL ZIA-UL-HAQ CREATED AL-QAEDA

According to this video clip from a Pakistani news channel, General Zia-Ul-Haq, Pakistan’s military ruler from 1977 to 1988, chose a group of 100-200 mercenaries from group of prisoners in Saudi Arabia who had been given death sentence by beheading to start its offensive against Russian invasion of Afghanistan.

Now Saudi Arabia follows the concept of Islam where blood money can rid you of gallows. Someone who has been awarded death sentence, if he pays monetary compensation as agreed by the victim(s), his life is spared. This practice is widely misused, especially by the wealthy.

General Zia chose such prisoners making it clear to them that General Zia now owned them and they had been given a lease of life to work it in the service of Allah. And the task was to wage war against the USSR’s invasion and rule in Afghanistan. That was the beginning of era of Mujahideens in Afghanistan that still haunt the world.

After the Afghan war ended in 1988, these mujahideens organized themselves in different groups giving rise to terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda in 1988 and Taliban in 1994, the beginning of the modern terrorism warfare in the world that has spread across the continents now. And according to history, something that this video clip also talks about, its seeds were sown by General Zia-Ul-Haq.

HOW GENERAL ZIA-UL-HAQ CREATED AL-QAEDA

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ALL IN THE NAME OF IDENTITY POLITICS!

While writing this, German city Munich is under siege. A deadly shootout has seen multiple deaths and it is not over yet.

And it has come within 10 days of the truck attack in Nice in France that claimed 84 lives and injured over 300. No bullet was fired yet a self-radicalized ISIS sympathizer killed so many – because he was blinded by an idea.

And it has come within three weeks of the July 1 Dhaka terror strike that left 22 dead.

And it has come almost within three weeks of the Istanbul terror attack on June 28 that killed 45.

And it has come within two weeks of the bloodiest Ramadan ever – the month of peace that terrorists chose to shatter the world piece.

And these are just the few from the latest round of the terror onslaught. Since the advent of the ISIS, the world has seen a renewed form of terrorism that is breaking every mould to chose its methods and is inflicting its damage – in countries as far as Brazil. Yesterday only a news report came that Brazil busted a terror module that was working to target the Rio Olympics that is beginning on August 5.

There have been multiple terror attacks in Asia, Europe, Africa (and America).

On average, some 30000 people are killed every year in terror strikes.

And what lies in base of this madness – is the sheer misuse of a term that has conceptualized and defined (and refined) every breed of politics the world over – ever since we started organizing in different units – and ever since we started realizing that we has an identity – that kept us apart from others.

Identity Politics!

Yes, terrorism is nothing but another political tool that draw its existence from the Identity Politics.

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WHY THE WORLD NEEDS POLICING EVEN MORE

— Two deadly terror strikes in France – office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket store were targeted this January – and multiple coordinated terror strikes in Paris killing over 120 people in the worst terror strike in France and the worst on a major western power after 9/11 – and two more attempted terror strikes were thwarted, a planned attack on a concert and one on an Amsterdam-Paris train – and France is a major world power

— The worst time to fear that the war theatres of terror are expanding to other peace time nations after the lull of 9/11

— Sporadic events in some other European countries – continued dastardly terror strikes in India – pre and post 9/11

— Terrorism deaths in last few years – multiplying rapidly now with emergence of the Islamic State and the outfit’s increasingly global designs

— Terrorism deaths in state-sponsored terrorism – in countries like Pakistan, in many civil war torn African nations and in many tyranny-ridden Middle East countries

— Increasing civil war theaters – with failure of Arab Spring in countries it took place, except Tunisia

— Deaths in civil war theaters – Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia and many more countries across the globe – the human crisis is at its deafening levels now

— Deaths in ethnic wars/clashes – Christian and Muslim clashes in Nigeria and elsewhere – Shia-Sunni clashes panning countries, symbolized now in the IS

The powers that be must intervene without fail. The geopolitics of domestic concerns is no more a guarantee that terror will not strike you next.

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PAKISTAN’S FRUSTRATION THREATENS INDIA AGAIN (CONTINUING THE TRADITION OF PAKISTAN’S DOUBLESPEAK)

Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif warned (read threatened) India today – “In the past six-seven months, we have tried to better our ties with India so that peace can prevail. But it seems that they do not understand this language. I believe, we will now communicate with India in the language they understand.”

And as threatened, Pakistan did communicate today, taking its ceasefire violations and cross-border firings to the similar barbaric level that target civilians every now and then, killing two Army personnel, one civilian – shelling houses in border villages across the International Border (IB) forcing evacuation of many villages. A similar recent response by Pakistan in October 2014 had met with some tough response by India forcing the Pakistani ruling establishment to hide under its skin.

With the trademark Pakistani style retaliatory communication today, Pakistan has maintained its proven track-record of shameless doublespeak – saying they are the peace-loving folks – and are forced to act by India whenever ‘ceasefire violations by India’ happen:

  • When the country is seen as one of the few nations following the policy of state-sponsored terror, waging proxy wars, especially in India and Afghanistan..
  • When the country is globally knows as the origin and factory of Taliban..
  • When the country is at the forefront of the debate on countries giving rise to the ‘good terror Vs bad terror’ discourse by their terror-oriented policy..
  • When the world knows that its ruling establishment harboured Osama bin-Laden for years while feigning ignorance to the world that forced US to exclude Pakistan from its Osama hunt that ultimately resulted in US carrying on an operation on its own, in Pakistan, near its capital Islamabad, while no one in Pakistan could sense it..

Countries with such an encyclopaedia of lying and doublespeak preach they kill in order to make others learn the process of peace they want to project – and ‘others’ here is the largest democracy in the world with strong democratic tradition and institutions, India – a responsible nuclear power – a regional power – an emerging global power – an economic powerhouse of the day – the largest future market for the companies of the world with its young demography and its ever-expanding middle class that is slated to eclipse the marketing trends of the world.

Now, that is a norm expected from Pakistan and its ruling establishments – the feeble politicians with no choice but to toe the line dictated by military establishment of Pakistan – and the people ruling Pakistan’s military establishment, living under a perpetual anti-India fear psychosis – drawing their sanctity to rule Pakistan by fuelling anti-India sentiments in Pakistan riding on the ‘K word’ – frustrated by their inferiority complex:

  • When they see India’s superior economy, superior military and healthy social institutions..
  • When they see the issue that gives them the power to blind the Pakistanis, the so-called ‘cause of Kashmir’ slipping even farther away with a peaceful election registering highest ever poll percentage of 65%..
  • When they see India’s rising global stature..
  • When they see Russian President Vladimir Putin, undoubtedly the most powerful dictator of the day, has to come to India to placate India on Russia-Pakistan defence deals while desperately looking for business to keep running the Russian economy reeling under sanctions of US and European Union..
  • When they see US President Barack Obama cordially accepts India’s invitation to become the chief guest of its Republic Day function on January 26 while flatly refusing Pakistan’s request to extend his trip India’s neighbour..
  • When they see in their past and find they have lost every war they fought with India..
  • When they see in their past and reflect on the humiliating loss of East Pakistan and birth of today’s Bangladesh..

And the high tone of the rhetoric of Pakistan’s defence minister today is reflective of this frustrated mindset of nation’s ruling establishment and nothing more.

Yes, Pakistan is in no position to wage a direct war with India and it realized it a long ago and so it adopted the policy of waging proxy war in Jammu & Kashmir and other parts of India. It pushes terrorists in India. It pushes terror money in India. It tries to indoctrinate and radicalised Indian youth in the name of religion. It mentors separatists of Kashmir.

And regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan are one of the guised channels to push terrorists in India. What is making Pakistani ruling establishment nervous and restless is that India is no more in the mood to play the Good Samaritan keeping restraint. It is giving befitting reply now, like it did in October 2014.

Don’t be surprised, if tomorrow, you come across the news that ‘Indian reply across the border with Pakistan forces Pakistani guns to go silent once again after facing heavy losses’.

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OBAMA’S INDIA VISIT, PAKISTANI RULING ELITE’S ANTI-INDIA MINDSET AND RECENT SURGE IN ATTEMPTED TERROR ACTS

Pakistan sponsored terrorism in India pushed by Pakistan’s terror designs for India – it may be one of the evergreen subjects to be discussed on media platforms but in the prevailing geopolitical circumstances – with US President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit later this month – and with recent surge in terror threats and terror alerts – it has found a heightened relevance.

Pakistan has always been frustrated with and thus irritated on India and Barack Obama’s India visit as the chief guest of the Republic Day event on January 26 has touched the nervous cords again.

Being seen as a diplomatic coup by Narendra Modi, it only worsened the matters for Pakistan when US declared that Obama would not be visiting Pakistan while coming to South Asia, an unexpected letdown given the past precedents. And Obama’s flat refusal to Pakistan’s prostrated demands of Obama’s Pakistan visit only rubbed salt in the wound.

Further humiliation came with the American demand that Pakistan needed to mend its terror-infested courtyard decisively before ‘requesting’ a US presidential visit, something that Pakistan simply cannot afford, even if it itself is a big victim of insurgency with thousands killed in terror strikes each year, for state-sponsored terrorism has become the most important tool to feed the anti-India psychosis ruling the mindsets of the Pakistani elite.

Now, even if US is placating Pakistan with aid for its ‘forced’ cooperation to act against the ‘bad Taliban’ active in Afghanistan and AfPak region, the US presidential visit to Pakistan is not going to happen in the near future, as Pakistan is not going to take on ‘it’s good Taliban’. And as long as Pakistan continues to follow this policy of audacious bonhomie with the ‘good terrorism’ that it mentors, Pakistanis cannot expect a ‘relatively’ terror free society. After all, the ‘bad Taliban’ of today are the ‘good Taliban’ of yesterday.

Add the psychological implications of Obama’s India visit to the perennial anti-India hysteria of the Pakistani elite, and it makes for a perfect recipe for them to push their anti-India agenda with renewed efforts, to vent their frustration, to feed their false sense of becoming at par with India, to save their faces.

And if they could destabilize India – when India has the world’s attention with Obama’s upcoming India visit and Obama saying he means business with this visit – perpetrating a big terror strike or a series of orchestrated terror attacks to the extent that it could potentially threaten Obama’s visit or could even cancel it – it will be a real coup for the Pakistani government and Pakistani elite.

The recent surge in terror related rumours, specific terror alerts, terror raids and busts, arrests, low intensity and IED blasts, open threats by terrorist groups like the one for January 26, or today’s news about December 31’s incident off Gujarat coast where a Pakistani boat was blown by the people manning it when was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard can be seen in the context of the anti-India mindset of the Pakistani ruling elite.

The satisfactory reflection on these developments so far, for India and Indians, has been the fact that the synergy of the Indian Intelligence and the security agencies has been able to thwart any major Pakistan-sponsored terror incident on Indian soil so far (in the recent past obviously), including the big achievement of ensuring peaceful elections in Jammu & Kashmir with highest ever poll percentage.

But, then, don’t we, the Indians, need to have this ‘synergy’ always working like this?

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QUESTIONS THAT COME TO THE FORE ON THE US STAND ON PAKISTAN HANDLING TERROR IN ITS BACKYARD

THE QUESTIONS

1. The United States had agreed to extend for one year the aid to Pakistan to fight terrorism on the condition that it would stop differentiating between good and bad terror. And the country’s most powerful person, the Army chief of Pakistan Raheel Sharif had extended this promise during his US visit. Yet, many big terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar, directly implicated in heinous terror acts in India, are roaming free and are even ‘respectable’ citizens there. We saw the Pakistani government’s attitude that allowed bail to Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, main handler of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, on technical grounds. This is when the US has put a bounty of US$ 10 million on Hafiz Saeed. This is when Masood Azhar, lodged in an Indian jail, was ‘exchanged’ in a hijacking incident. Isn’t Pakistan taking Uncle Sam for a ride?

2. There is no reason for the world community, for us, to think that the US is not aware of it. But apart from putting a reward and occasional back channel assurances, we don’t see any aggressive posturing by the US. Should we go by the explanation that when the US lawmakers demanded Pakistan to stop differentiating between ‘good and bad terror’, it was meant only in the context of Taliban and the AfPak theatre?

3. But can this narrow view of policymaking on terrorism serve the purpose of the US as well as of the Pakistan?

4. Also, can Pakistan ever be trusted to take on the terrorist networks operating to further its agenda in Afghanistan, especially the Haqqani network and the resurgent Taliban factions of Afghanistan that are eyeing greener pastures after the complete withdrawal of the internal coalition forces?

5. Pakistan has been vocally active on India’s role in Afghanistan and its perennial anti-India instance has been one of the major reasons for actively supporting the Afghanistan Taliban. Is this not a naïve thinking of the US policymakers that Pakistan will be able to overcome this anti-India psychosis to help the international forces wipe out the factors that it feels will help in bolstering its position in the internal matters of Afghanistan in the near future?

6. Is the terror discourse in the context of Pakistan is going to be ‘all Taliban and all terrorists active in Afghanistan are bad’ but ‘good terror Vs bad terror’ is also valid, to sustain and maintain the proxy war against India?

7. Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, had warned Pakistan sternly on its doublespeak on terrorism. Hillary’s blunt message delivered in Islamabad in October 2011 was: “It’s like that old story. You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. Eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.” That was three years ago yet Pakistan kept a blind eye and is still doing the same, harbouring many snakes while trying to crush only a few. Pakistan just had one of its worst human tragedies with TTP attack on the Army school in Peshawar killing over 130 children. What else will it take for Pakistan to realize what Hillary so clearly warned then, the reality that Pakistan deliberately ignores to realize?

8. Can India expect a positive change in the US attitude on this ‘good terror Vs bad terror discourse in the Indian context’ after the recent improvements in India-US ties with Narendra Modi as the Indian Prime Minister? India and the US have warmed up to each other in real terms with Modi’s successful US visit in September and Barack Obama’s upcoming India visit in January next. What is remarkably positive change for the India-US ties this time is, that the US President is not extending his visit to Pakistan, something that has been a routine in the past.

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QUESTIONS ON ANTI-INDIA RANTS AND THREAT PERCEPTION FOR INDIA IN AFTERMATH OF PESHAWAR SCHOOL ATTACK, EVEN IF #INDIAWITHPAKISTAN TRENDS

THE QUESTIONS

1. #IndiaWithPakistan, solidarity in the aftermath of a crisis like the Peshawar Army School attack is the only human response expected. But beyond that, what can be the possible implications of this attack for India?

2. It may be that to send the message to the Pakistan Army, the Taliban targeted an army school there, as they say, but what if the terror masterminds plan to do something like this in J&K or in other parts of India?

3. Indian Parliament was breached. Then we had 26/11 and many other such terror incidents. How disturbed and reactive should India be on this and how proactive it should act?

4. Hafiz Saeed, one of India’s most wanted, with a reward of US$ 10 million on his head by the United States, is a respectable Pakistani citizen. For his rallies the Pakistani government deploys special trains. He is also the mastermind of the attacks on Indian Parliament in 2001 and in Mumbai in 2008 and India believes is guilt is established beyond doubt, something that Pakistan never accepts. Again, Hafiz Saeed is spewing venom against India using this human tragedy saying India is behind it and he would avenge it. What if Hafiz Saeed tries to collaborate with Taliban to perpetrate some terror act of this scale in India?

5. Another 26/11 attack mastermind, Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, was given bail today and will walk free tomorrow. Wouldn’t it embolden the likes of Hafiz Saeed even more?

6. India was in mourning, with Pakistan, on the tragedy and Parvez Musharraf, the dictator who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008 and who gave humanity the dangerous ‘good Taliban and bad Taliban’ discourse has toed the Saeed line of blaming India though in a sophisticated way. He says RAW, the Indian intelligence agency, is backing Maulana Fazlullah, the TTP commander, for such terror attacks in Pakistan in collusion with Afghanistan. Isn’t it preposterous even to think so given the fact that all the wars between India and Pakistan were initiated by Pakistan only, though it lost all? India is an economic power and an emerging global power and engaging in such acts only come back to you to harm more, Pakistan’s experience tells us.

7. Isn’t it disturbing, for Pakistan as well as for India, that no one from the mainstream Pakistani political leadership criticized or spoken against the rants of the likes of Pervez Musharraf and Hafiz Saeed?

8. Or a serious reaction by India by reading too much into the rants by the likes of Hafiz Saeed and Pervez Musharraf would be giving too much attention to them, beyond their worth, when Pakistan is reeling under the pain of one of worst man-made human tragedies possible? Likes of Hafiz Saeed are always out to hurt India. India is on alert and needs to be more alert, as always happens, after a terror strike of this scale in Pakistan.

9. Many Indian cities and vital installations are on high alert. Already, there is an increased threat perception as the day of US President Barack Obama’s India visit, around January 26, 2015, is coming near. How can this terror attack in Peshawar complicate things more for India?

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QUESTIONS ON PAKISTAN AND TERRORISM AFTER TERROR ATTACK ON PESHAWAR ARMY SCHOOL (1)

THE QUESTIONS

1. The heart goes out to them. Even the God of death would cry. In uniforms to in caskets, how can anyone on Earth justify killing innocent school students in the name of avenging atrocities on his lot?

2. Pakistan today saw its worst ever terror strike where around 150 people lost their lives, most of them being the students, as per the latest reports, in Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. The toll may go up with over 200 injured in hospitals facing blood shortage. But, the big question is, can we say will it remain the worst ever terror strike of the country?

3. From targeting girl schools and girls in schools, now schools and students, irrespective of the gender, is Pakistan staring at the next wave of terror where nothing would be spared, not even children, in settling scores with the government or in pushing the terror agenda further?

4. Pakistan is a fractured nation. Its political chaos, lost in its military juggernaut has made the country directionless. The perpetual disagreement among its controlling institutions failed to check insurgency in its restive provinces and now it has engulfed the whole country. What precipitated today, and we cannot say it ends here – isn’t it Pakistan’s own making?

5. Afghanistan President Mohammad Najibullah had warned Pakistan of Taliban’s grave dangers saying its flames would burn Pakistan. Soon Taliban swept Afghanistan and killed Najibullah in a public display of brutality. Pakistan created Taliban and now Taliban is trying to undo an already chaotic Pakistan. Isn’t it?

6. Isn’t it the high time, the wakeup call for Pakistan to look at and treat terror as ‘terror’, not differentiating it in categories like ‘good terror’ or ‘bad terror’ or ‘good Taliban’ or ‘bad Taliban’?

7. What Pakistan has become today – a country infested with terror, by its own doings. Doesn’t it once again prove the established dangers of ‘state sponsored terror’ as a policy tool?

8. After the attack today, Pakistan has vowed to hit back and its military launched air strikes in North Waziristan, based on actionable intelligence. But given the scale of Taliban attack today and another blast in Peshawar in the evening, what would be Pakistan’s backup plans to thwart any further big attack?

9. Is Pakistan equipped to gauge and thwart suicidal terror attacks of this scale on large social institutions and gatherings? Its political institutions have been in disarray and are week. Its military is engaged in fighting on many unnecessary fronts, including Pakistan military sponsored terror export in India, Afghanistan and other South Asian countries. The flares are reaching even to China and Iran. 

10. Is it still foolhardy to expect if Pakistan’s military and political establishments would be forced to think on their long cherished patronage of the terror apparatus in their country after this barbaric Monday?

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13TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11: TERRORISM IS NOW MORE ORGANIZED, SPONSORED AND BLOODTHIRSTY

It is the 13th anniversary of 9/11, a terror attack 13 years ago that still symbolizes how audacious and incisively painful terrorism can be.

And after 13 years of the attack, a series of multiples assaults on the concept of ‘America’, the only superpower of the world in 2001, on September 11, the threat of terrorism has grown more organized, sponsored and bloodthirsty.

The war theaters were not so many in the world back in 2001. The global geopolitical theaters were acting and moving in the routine of a post Cold War world.

It was more or less in routine, except the elements propagated by the two superpowers to further their interests in different parts of the worlds – in different regimes – the so-called fighters against intruders, the Mujahidin, the rebels, and the dictators – all trained, armed and propped up by these two superpowers and their allies – in the post Cold War world, many of these elements were left aimless – when they were still armed and were looking for the next target to hit.

It was more or less in routine, except the ‘now free’ elements were seeing more and more of their upcoming action-zones from a religious spectacle.

It was more or less in routine, except the many so-called allies of both the sides were without the ‘active’ patronage now and the dictators in many of them started taking decisions independently, something that they had never done when they were allied either to this or that camp of the Cold War world.

It was more or less in routine, except that the only superpower of the world then, the US, had no challenging threat, and thus had the greater ease to reread and reinterpret its bilateral, multilateral and geopolitical concerns and it did err in reading and rewriting some of the equations.

All these not-so-routine events after the Cold War were the shaping elements of what we know today as Islamic Terrorism. A religion never teaches to fight; still religions were used as the organizational principles.

And all these not-so-routine events after the Cold War culminated in 9/11.

But, as we see today, that culmination was just the beginning. Yes, being the only true superpower, the US has been successful in averting any other big terror attack on its soil, but the world has grown more terror-prone, more insecure, with many more civil wars, with many more war-theaters now.

Afghanistan is still unstable with the Taliban threatening a comeback as the international forces are pulling out. For records, the Taliban were forced out in 2001 but they were never out. Together with Pakistan, the region is one of the most fertile grounds for terrorism.

Iraq could never recover from the 2003 invasion and in spite of the international forces and a government supported with it, the effort was never sufficient to give Iraq what was promised when Saddam Hussain was declared a demon.

Libya is the similar sorry story. Sad to say, but it looked more peaceful and organized under a dictator than now. No global power looks concerned about Yemen and Bahrain. After experiments supported by the international pressure, Egypt is again back to the military rule effectively. Then there are spreading wings of Islamic Terror in countries like Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia.

And the list is not exhaustive. Terrorism today or more aptly to say terrorism in the name of religion, with organized groups, has a far greater reach today and unstable governments and ethnic wars in many of these war-theater countries have allowed the terror groups to grow stronger than or parallel to many of the governments, like in Nigeria, like in Somalia, like in Libya, like in Syria and like in Iraq.

And with the mess in Syria and Iraq now, again a situational outcome of the selfish geopolitical concerns and some pathetically indecisive moments of the global powers that opposed a dictator but didn’t do anything to support the rebels except showing them mirage and thus pushing them to the warzone, the terror threat is reaching above the warning levels with emergence of probably the deadliest and most powerful of the organized terror groups yet, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

US President Barack Obama has vowed today to destroy the ISIS and extend the theaters of operations beyond Iraq, to Syria, after ISIS openly challenged the US might by killing two of the captive US citizens.

But even Obama knows it is not going to be that easy. ISIS may be much stronger but we need to remember it is still an Al Qaeda offshoot. And Al Qaeda didn’t die with Osama bin Laden in 2011. Laden had died much earlier, when he chose to live a solitary, hidden life. But the ideology lived and grew to engulf more regions of the Muslim world. Almost of the major terror groups today have their origins in Al Qaeda. Many others have affiliations and collaborations with it. And the vast swaths of the unstable Muslim world are fast becoming their sanctuary.

Terrorism is more organized, sponsored and bloodthirsty now, more than ever.

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