Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The above lines taken from WB Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming hold true for the bloody tide that has been let loose in contemporary world. While the falcon may be regarded as a synonym for terrorists, falcon may be regarded as the God whose commands they are misinterpreting to misuse for the killing of innocents.
Our earth is strewn with innocent blood during the holy month of Ramzan. It started with the Orlando gay club shooting, and went on with killings of CRPF jawans in Pampore (25th June) by Lashkar-e-Taiba, and continued with the bombing of an airport in Istanbul. Latest to follow suit have been Dhaka, Baghdad and Yemen. Together they have taken a toll on above 600 lives and we might be still counting as the latest reports of Yemen start pouring in.
Istanbul: 28th June:
It was during the wee hours of June 29 that Turkey’s Ataturk airport witnessed one of the most gruesome bombings and massacres in recent times. Around 41 innocent people were killed and another 239 injured when suicide bombers detonated their bombs. Turkey suspects that the ex-Soviet members of ISIS are behind the attack.
Dhaka: 1st July:
During the night seven terrorists allegedly involved with IS barged into Holey Artisan Bakery at Gulshan area of capital of Bangladesh. Some of these young terrorists hail from premier institutes in South-Asia and they aimed at foreigners and non-Muslims. To ask the hostages to recite the Quran and killing those who could not point out to the depravity of their minds – killing innocent people in the name of God. As gruesome as their reason was their method of killing – hacking the victims to death with machetes. Among the twenty civilians killed, eighteen were foreigners, including an Indian teenager. Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain from Bangladesh chose to die with his friends, Abinta kabir and Tarishi Jain.
Baghdad: 3rd July:
In the deadliest attack in Iraq since 2009 and the worst since the American invasion of 2003, three bombings took place in the capital city while celebrations were going on during the holy month of Ramzan. While a suicide van blasted in Karrada district just minutes past the midnight, killing 200 people, the second bomb was detonated on a road in suburban Sha’ab killing five.
Karrada bombings have been claimed by the Islamic state and it came merely a week after the liberation of Falluja from the Islamic state by Iraqi security forces backed by American airstrikes. However, the locals blame the failure of the state’s bomb detection and denotation machinery under Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, holding it to be responsible for an attack whose victims were largely children and families. After all, the explosives detonated on a busy street near a three-story complex of restaurants and stores where families had gathered for their celebrations.
Saudi Arabia: 5th July:
As if the above bombings were not enough, Saudi Arabia was ripped apart by three suicide bombings one day before Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of Ramzan.
The first one took place near the US Consulate in Jeddah, injuring policemen. He was later identified as Pakistani national Abdullah Qlazar Khan by the Saudi Interior Ministry. The second attack was aimed at a Shiite mosque in Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, but no casualties took place while the suicide bomber killed himself in the attempt.
The deadliest one took place near a mosque in Medina, regarded to be one of the holiest sites for the Muslims since Prophet Muhammad is buried there. Four members of the security forces have been killed but they have not been identified yet.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for this attack, too.
Yemen: 6th July:
In the latest terrorist attack at least six Yemini troops were killed and dozens wounded when two suicide bombers blew up their cars at a military base in the southern city of Aden. Military reinforcements were on their way and gun battles were going on in the Khor Maksar district.
The government forces and Iran-allied Houthi rebels who controlled the capital, Sanna, had been at loggerheads for over a year now. As a result, Islamist militants have gained territory and freedom to operate in Yemen. Despite being ideological rivals, al Qaeda and Islamic State have overlaps; both have been responsible for ridding the country with disturbances. Al Qaeda has captured various parts in southern and eastern Yemen and IS has been attacked the security forces several times with heavy casualties.
Religion is being blamed:
Unfortunately, Islamic extremism has been the cause behind all these deadly attacks. Whether we like it or not, in contemporary world, religion is getting embroiled with terrorism. However, we forget the fact that those terrorists have also been targeting innocent people who also belong to their own religion. What else can explain the killing of the Muslim guy in Dhaka who refused to recite the Quran despite knowing it or the attack on Istanbul airport, Baghdad bombings in the middle of celebrations on the eve of Eid, or the attack on the most sanctimonious site of the Muslims, that is, Medina?
The Logical Indian community believes that terrorism is of different kinds. The mass gun shooting in the US about which we keep hearing is no different from the terrorist acts perpetrated in the Muslim countries. As global citizens, we need to be careful not to be sucked into this mindset of vendetta. It is desirable that we do not use a different shade of glass to categorize acts of terrorism undertaken by different peoples across the world else the only outcome will be branding of all Muslim as terrorists, and their renewed justification after every terrorist attack that Islam is not about killing innocent people.