Why does anti-terrorism give rise to more terrorism?

15:32, October 12, 2010      

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The United States has warned its citizens traveling to Europe to guard against potential terror threats. Based on apparent signs that Al Qaeda is looking to attack European cities, The State Department on 3 October issued a travel alert for US citizens in Europe to be careful in public places as Al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe.

British "Guardian" has quoted British diplomats stationed in Islamabad and analyses of some European intelligence officials as saying that the United States has political motivations in the warning to find an excuse for making a series of attacks on targets in Pakistan using drones or unmanned combat aerial vehicles or helicopters and for the service of U.S. mid-term elections.

After the "September 11" incident of 2001 occurred in the United States, the US-led Western countries have thrown in an unprecedented sum of spending on the war on terror and it cost the U.S. alone more than one trillion dollars as military expenditure in global counter-terrorism, and appropriations of other NATO nations are also huge in this regard. In the meanwhile, the United States has also spent more to beef up the anti-terrorism at home, and step up the border control and immigration management with an immeasurable amount of money.

However, the anti-terrorism input and its due effect are unproportionate, and Western nations are not safer or more secure to date. On the contrary, the breeding ground for international terrorism keeps expanding, the rate for terrorism expansion and spread has not been reduced, and terrorism threat is still on rise instead.

The international fight against terrorism has sunk into a vicious cycle of "more fight against terrorism giving rise to more terrorism," which is rooted in the US counter-terrorism strategy "to seek hegemony in the fight against terrorism". The United States hoisted high "anti-terrorism" banner in the Middle East region in a vain attempt to remold the region in a comprehensive way and take Iraq as the first piece of domino.

Consequently, the United States produced in its Iraq war terrorist and extremist groups which led to much terrorist violence and turned the country into a new hotbed of global terrorism. The U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan is designed to radiate to the surrounding areas and implement the so-called the "color revolution", resulting in not only the resurgence of Taliban forces in Afghanistan but bringing Taliban insurgents to Pakistan and spurring a close integration of Al Qaeda, the "Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan" and the "Islamic Jihad Union" in central Asia. Evidence has proven that the US war on terror launched more than nine years ago made scattered terrorist groups in North Africa, in the Middle East and in southeast, south and central Asia and many other fragmented terrorist groups "embrace" Al Qaeda; Yemen and Somali have become a new base camp of global terrorist forces with its main target of attack to point to Western countries.

Western countries are now faced with a growing terrorist threat, and it has much to do with what they have done. Some personnel in Western society incline to link terrorism to certain religions, and this deepens conflicts or clashes among different religions and ethnics and enlarges the opponent ranks; some Western nations target their anti-terrorism surveillance at specific groups and this increases barriers of these groups with the mainstream society; some right-wing forces and media nevertheless attributed the thorny problem to the immigrates from overseas, leading to the increasingly serious "marginalization" of these immigrants and their descendents.

So, a host of stringent anti-terrorism measures have not only failed to tackle the terrorism problem, but to make more people in the West turn increasingly "radical", and this is also one of the factors for the "localization" of terrorist threats.

Against the backdrop of economic globalization, the world situation and international relations have undergone profound, volatile changes. Western countries, however, proceed from their own national interests and strive to ensure their own "absolute security" by means of promoting Western values in the fight against terrorism, but the outcome is just the opposite.

The diversity of world religions, cultures and values is definitely an objective reality. Only by orbiting the anti-terrorism endeavor into the framework of "global governance" and reducing the "profit-driven behaviors" and giving more heed and investment to those "marginalized" nations, can it be possible to gradually curb the spread of terrorism.

By People's Daily Online and its author is PD reporter Li Wei


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