Faisal Ali Ghumman
The white-race terrorists struck two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand on the occasion of Friday prayers and martyred 49 Muslims and wounded as many others- a brutal act of terrorism in a country that never witnessed such a horrific chain of killings.
Adding fuel to the fire is the live streaming of the shooting on Facebook by the key suspect that went viral across the globe and invited anger and rage among Muslims and other communities.
The New Zealand Prime Minister termed the day as one of the darkest days in the history of the country.
The shooting incident eventually pushed the world leaders to strongly condemn the incident.
New Zealand usually considered safe destination against any terrorism is now going to deploy police patrol around mosques. The authorities admit the suspects under detention were not on any watch list of the federal agencies.
It’s now crystal clear that the spate of racism, extremism and terrorism is not limited to few countries as the war against terrorism is now a global phenomenon and has no specific origin or territory especially since New York’s 9/11 strikes in 2001.
The blame game on each other’s religion and pinpointing only Muslim countries for religious or ethnic hatred needs to be over now as multi-pronged attacks like firearm shootings, crushing under vehicles, stabbings and mass shootings had involved attackers from different regions and ethnicities. The debate has initiated among social circles that safe destinations like New Zealand, Australia, Canada and some European countries have also become potential threat for such gruesome attacks by religious/ethnic lunatics.
The increasing gun violence in educational facilities of the United States is another new trend appeared in the last few years.
If the US and its allies continue to portray picture of labeling terrorism with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and highlight the negative image of Islam in the eyes of non-Muslims such incidents of hatred may continue in future.
On the other hand, if the West looks into growing extremism in religions like Christianity and Judaism besides nationalist mania the picture is the same it portrays for Muslims.
Australian national Brenton Tarrant who is the main suspect in the shooting published his manifesto on Twitter before the incident, entitling “The Great Replacement”, the 73-page document said the gunman had wanted to attack Muslims.
Key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Ã…kerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack.
If the West expects from Muslim nations to eliminate religious extremism, the Muslim countries also expect from the West to protect Muslims, their families and religious places against western radicals. The West also requires controlling racism among its population. Without wasting a single minute, the US and its allies must sit besides the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) members to work out world-wide plan to control racism and extremism beyond any specific religion.
Otherwise, the extremists beyond any religion will keep attacking and killing each other with further disasters in multi-communities.
The writer is Editor Daily The Business and Ex-Journalist Daily Dawn