its recorded history, fundamentalist Islam tried to establish an
ontological form of Islam through Jihadi terrorism.
centuries, Jihadis (religious warriors) have resorted to mass murder,
oppression, intimidation, torture, terrorism, assassination and forced
religious conversion all in the name of fundamentalist belief system.
And so it is today. Only the threat, the methods, and the goals
Jihadi terrorism is one of the greatest single threats to the existing
world order. Modern day jihadi terrorist groups as Hamas, Hizbullah,
Lasker-E-Tobia, Al Bader, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Tehreek-E-Jihad, Hizbul
Mujahidden virtually ensures that Jihadi terrorism will be with us for
many years to come.
Jihadi terrorist attacks in the U.S, Israel, India, Turkey, Kenya, and
Indonesia have proven jihadi's proclivity for terrorist destruction.
Jihadi terrorism in Israel and India is unabated and continues to claim
thousands of innocent lives each year. All over the world, Jihadi
terrorism is a serious threat to peace, security, liberty and democracy.
No country in the world is immune from the deleterious effects of this
heinous crime. Jihadi ideology in its most extreme form is fraught with
dangerous consequences for the entire world. Its committed, hard-core
adherents, as distinct from a larger body of the more traditional
Muslims are thought to account for some 20 to 25 of the population.
Recently, they have acquired an influence, disproportionate to their
numbers. It is fundamentalism of a very special ethnocentric and
dangerous form, with beliefs and practices that are more extremist. It
is the most deadly totalitarian system ever invented.
terrorists are irrational, extreme xenophobic, hostile, and blinded by
their dogmatic, fundamentalist faith. The basic premise of Jihadi
terrorist is that their violent acts stem from feelings of rage and
hatred reinforced by their belief system. Jihadis think and behave
differently. They are selfish, impulsive, calculating and act out of
their own selfish interest with no regard to the responsible members of
society. Whatever their ideology, religious sanction, Jihadis are
cunning, intelligent, self-seeking, aware of their criminal acts and
incapable of guilt and empathy. Several patterns of thinking drive the
Jihadis terrorists, including:
sense of entitlement
expressed in the Koran provide all the justification necessary for
Jihadis to carry out deadly terrorist activities. Jihadi terrorists are
primarily afraid of freethinking, liberty, pluralism, secularism, and
co-existence. They are defensive, capricious, and conditioned by their
outdated irrational fanatic religious dogma.
reject civil laws; have no fear, anxiety or shame about their dangerous
behavior. Commitment to their rigid reductionist paradigm is
non-negotiable for the jihadis. Jihadi terrorists espouse many beliefs
supporting terrorist activities. For Jihadis, future is the past, and
ensuring the brutal past is vital for their existence. Their future and
brutal past curve into each other and direct their present anti-social
behavior. A spiritual and holistic worldview, systemic thinking, and
tolerance are not part of their tradition. Their worldview is myopic and
do we, then, combat Jihadi fanaticism and terrorism? What efforts should
be made to address the root cause of Jihadi terrorism? How do we force
Jihadis to freedom and systemic, rational thoughts? How do we address
and eliminate predatory offenses by the Jihadi criminals?
is, in fact, a great ignorance of or indifference to, this whole subject
in democratic societies. This is due at least in part that general
reluctance of the mainstream media to subject to Jihadis to a searching
scrutiny it deserves. The ignorance or indifference is all the more
remiss in that Jihadi terrorism is not, and cannot be, just a regional
issue. Jihadis has always had a built-in propensity to gravitate towards
its most extreme violent _expression.
frequently followed practice by political leaders has been to practice
the deceptive art of denial. It is an attempt to avoid direct
confrontation with the ideology of Jihadis. Denial is an unrealistic
hope that the problems created by the Jihadi terrorists are not serious,
and they will go away by appeasement and surrender. Denial is an attempt
to cover up their dreadful experience and ease the discomfort by a
subtle and ingenious twist of attention. Total denial of the heinous
Jihadi terrorism and their irrational thought system, in fact, is
symptomatic of inadequate thinking on the part of politicians. The
practice of denial increases the risk of greater destruction and death
and financial loss. Fanatic Jihadis will not go away by themselves just
because we do not want to face their dysfunctional thought system head
on. Denial is deadly and can endanger our very survival.
efforts are our first line of defense against Jihadi terrorism. Such
efforts hold out the promise of terrorism before it starts and sparing
death and destruction. Psychological warfare is a valuable tool in
combating Jihadi terrorism and its ideology. We need to force these
terrorists from their closed, false belief system. We have to help young
terrorists construct a New Thought Map: how to change what they think
and how they think. Thinking is what direct terrorists to do violent
acts. These faulty maps are the pathways to terrorism and criminal acts.
Create new thought maps will take effort, but over time it will save the
world. We need structured, forceful, directed, comprehensive strategies
and actions to force them to rational thinking.
the end, there is no single formula to combat fanaticism and terrorism.
To eradicate Jihadi terrorism, we need a reformulation or, more
ambitiously, a fundamental redefinition of the assumption and practices
that guide our policies. The absence of our assertiveness and the
inability to confront Jihadis has obscured our efforts and operations
against fanatic Jihadis.
combat strategy should focus on the Jihadi organization (i.e., the
relationship between Jihadi groups and their external supporters) and
their internal structure, goals and values. The act of terrorism should
be viewed as a collective criminal act. We, therefore, need to address
the psyche and social defects of the jihadi community. We need to force
them to freedom, secularism and pluralism. Our assertiveness and
confrontation will evoke changes in the direction of our shared norms,
values and civilization.