No Quick Fix for Terrorism
The West is in denial by refusing to acknowledge the obvious. There’s no quick fix for defeating terrorism. The terrorism we see today is the descendant of many generations of intertwined missteps. The fallout has been global. Simplistic, partial and quick fixes could make matters worse and render a solution ever more elusive.
Terrorism has become a global phenomenon. It is evident the world over — in Muslim countries where hundreds of millions of oppressed Muslim masses live and in Western ghettos where Muslims spend their lives going from sub-par schools to menial jobs that afford no hope for better futures. It is under these conditions, in Muslim and non-Muslim societies, where terrorists find their disciples and recruits
Terrorism has been globalized in part by technology and access to real time news.
The process, planning and implementation must be initiated at the global level. Terrorists can recruit and operate anywhere. Moreover, if the fight is left to a few countries they may focus on their own selfish interests and ignore the interests of the rest of the world
Finally, let’s emphasize the two essential pillars for eradicating terrorism—religion and urgent reform in Muslim countries.....The campaign to eradicate terrorism is more about spreading Islamic teachings of Unity and Justice to fill the space that is being increasingly occupied by terrorists than about dropping bombs on terrorist targets.
The other major pillar is long overdue reforms. Muslim countries must be encouraged, no coerced, to embrace political, social and economic reforms that support a future that includes freedom, representative government and economic opportunities for all people.