Sunday, December 7, 2008


One of the most damaging fall-outs of terrorism is mistrust. Sometimes it pays to be suspicious, but most of the times that is used as a tool against harmony by petty interests. While the bullet and the bomb know nothing of religion-caste-creed-colour yet they becomes invaluable instruments of separatism. While we focus on gun-trotting, grenade-hurling brain-washed men and women, we forget that victims are very hard to define. Blood spills on all sides of the borders drawn by men – political or conceptual. Life is precious, but the precision of these intellects who graph the destructions make life seem fluid. Security, backlash, revenge are all cries for the moment – no one really wants to stop the thing at its root. It is never really enough to counter-strike in any and all ways, one has to investigate deeper, to stop the evil at its root. One has to find out who is responsible, what powers are dominating the field, who is allowing innocent lives to be spent in the name of idiotic ideals. Unless and until that is done terror will breed, and it will continue to take life at will. It will not be only one area, one city, one nation – but each and every individual would have to live in fear, in distrust, until each becomes an enemy of the other. Awareness and friendship seem like flimsy, clich├ęd, cowardly words – but courage lies in positive action, in reticence, in wisdom, muscle-flexing is the fool’s way of solving problems. Violence is sometimes necessary, but civilization should teach us that it is the last possible option. Fighting fire with fire is perhaps one of the ways, but water and foam must not be forgotten. Or fire from our own hearts will engulf the world.

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