RIGHTSView, By EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO: Reflecting on terrorists’ global day of rage

Posted by News Express | 11 July 2015 | 3,605 times

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June 26, 2015 (6/15) has entered the global counter-terrorism lexicon as another day of global rage, by the practitioners of mass-murder who simply identify themselves as Islamic Jihadists. Kuwait and France were similarly attacked by terrorists who left trails of blood, tears and pains as dozens of innocent people were going about their lawful duties. And in the case of the attack in Kuwait, those gunned down were simply observing their Islamic obligations of prayers. 

The trend assumed by these terrorists and mass murderers obviously points to only but one solution: a global coalition of the willing to decisively crush these terrorists and defeat their evil ideologies and stop them from this emerging global expansionism, which is slowly and steadily gaining momentum.  

These attacks, again, brings us to the error committed by the Barack Obama-led government of the United States in failing to actively support the last government in Nigeria in its confrontation against terrorists, because it was misguided by some kind of half-baked reports by groups such as Amnesty International, regarding so-called human rights breaches against terrorists, allegedly committed by the Nigerian soldiers. If the world’s strongest military power is not properly guided on how to wage the global terror war alongside other friendly nations, how can the international community defeat these monsters? 

The events of 6/15 in three continents of the world – the Middle-East, Europe and North Africa – resulting in many deaths, are constant reminders that this is the time for the international community to fight under a single flag against these terrorists whose common agenda is to wipe out civilisation and exterminate as many innocent souls as their evil fighting weapons can guarantee. Ironically, these weapons are manufactured by Western and Eastern powers and sold even in black markets, to all kinds of rogue elements. There is even apprehension that any time the rogue ruler of North Korea goes broke, he could auction nuclear weapons to Islamic terrorists so he could raise some fast money to oil the machinery of his brutal dictatorial regime. Reflecting on this day of terrorists’ global day of rage, news reports, at the last count, showed that at least 37 people were gruesomely killed and 36 others wounded, after a hotel in the Tunisian coastal city of Sousse came under attack by unidentified gunmen. Quoting Health ministry officials, the report stated that the death toll in the attack on the holiday resort has risen to 37. The health official was unable to disclose the nationalities of the victims, but Interior ministry spokesman, Mohamed Ali Aroui, had earlier said that tourists were among those killed in the Friday's attack. One news report authoritatively confirmed that an Irish woman was among those killed in the mass shooting at the Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers.

“Sadly, I can confirm that an Irish citizen has been killed in the attack in Sousse,” Dublin’s Foreign Affairs minister, Charles Flanagan, said in a statement, noting:

“In the light of this incident, we are changing our travel advice for Tunisia to ‘exercise extreme caution’.”

The Irish politician told reporters that the victim was a woman, while the Irish media identified her as a nurse in her 50s, with a son and a daughter.

One attacker had been killed by police and a search operation was ongoing, with reports that another attacker was involved.

The attack was on the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, according to Reuters, quoting a local radio report. Other reports indicated that two hotels may have been attacked. Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri, reporting from Tunis, said that local media reports indicated that gunmen may have specifically targeted tourists at the resort – although the reports have not yet been confirmed. One attacker had been killed by police and a search operation was ongoing, with reports that another attacker was involved.

The aforementioned apprehension, as disclosed by Al Jazeera’s Moshiri, is the correct position of the facts because these murderous terrorists, with affiliations to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, have never hidden their intention to spread their message of terrorism all around the world. 

Ironically, these range of targeted and well-coordinated attacks happened exactly at the time and day the United States Supreme Court sensationally ruled that same sex marriage is a human right and should be allowed all over the federation. 

Those waging this violent global Jihad have, over time, stated that part of their agenda is to oppose this sort of Western liberal interpretation of the sanctity of marriage. But if you ask me, I will say straight away that there is no rational justification for terrorist attacks and the wanton killing of largely innocent civilians. In Nigeria, Boko Haram said Western education is sinful and that is why they are carrying out targeted bombing campaigns against largely governmental and non-governmental institutions, villages and towns; and also engaging in massive abduction of teenage girls and serially raping and sexually violating them. Again, there is no shred of truth or justification for these crimes against humanity waged by these brutes called Boko Haram in Nigeria. Sadly, Boko Haram has global sympathisers in Amnesty International and other contraptions who would rather author spurious reports on human rights violations against these terrorists, rather than empathise with the tens of thousands of innocent victims of this violence in Nigeria. 

Back to the attack in Tunisia, It is remarkable to note that this is the second attack targeted at foreign tourists because, in March, gunmen attacked the Bardo Museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country.

From Beirut, Lebanon, The New York Times captured this global terrorists day of rage in this way: “In a matter of hours and on three different continents, militants carried out attacks on Friday that killed scores of civilians, horrified populations and raised thorny questions about the evolving nature of international terrorism and what can be done.”

Incidentally, these attacks, which bore the footprints of international terrorists affiliated to ISIS, were all but carried out by what in intelligence community are called ‘lone wolves’. And this goes to show that the international community needs to pay closer attention not only to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but also must wage global counter-ideological warfare  through every conceivable means, including the new and old media and, of course, through the active partnership of religious leaders and leaders of civil society communities. 

Against the foregoing backdrop, it is now imperative for the United Nations to set up a fully-funded department to interface on a transparent and accountable fashion with the various components of the civil society, to ensure that these global terrorism masterminds are defeated in their aggressive game of brainwashing and winning the hearts and minds of young persons who are joining these evil forces in droves. 

Let America, Russia and China not allow their local political and economic interests to slow down any global counter-terrorism war that could decimate and degrade the capacities of these terrorists to cause world-wide chaos. The time for the world to speak and act in one voice is now: to save humanity from these Islamist genocidal killers.

RIGHTSVIEW appears on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in addition to special appearances. The Columnist, popular activist Emmanuel Onwubiko, is a former Federal Commissioner of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission and presently National Coordinator of Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA).

Source: News Express

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