Sunday, July 24, 2005

Reaction to the blasts

After a terrorist attack people tend to forget everything wrong going on and focus on the most obvious, the mass murderous criminal act and its perpetrators. Sure, this should be the first priority, get the frickin bastards and punish them and make a lesson out of them.

But being so blind to everything else, to the reasons and to the analysis of how effective the treatment of the problem was, certainly does not help. Worse, it increases the problem. Sure, people get emotional and rage in anger against the atrocities of killing innocent humans in a heinous manner. Sure, let it out, but don't give yourself the right to shut everyone else, claiming that "if they are not with you, then they are with them."

In times of war, times of hard struggle, people don't want to deviate from the main goal and lose focus of it. The goal is large enough to achieve, the sacrifice is big enough, so decrease disagreements and converge all the efforts on achieving that goal, regardless of differences, disallowing them as much as possible. But when the goal is very clear, yet the means to achieve it aren't, it is very hard to expect everyone to follow like blind cattle, otherwise everyone will soon lose sight.

Everyone is in rage, justified. How can we think of anything else but the one clear message, "we are against the terrorists"? Sure, ofcourse we are, and ofcourse we should keep repeating it, and ofcourse our first goal is to catch them and punish them. "Wa lakom felkassase 7ayah".

Granted, for every action, there should be an equal and opposite civilized reaction --not a terrorist reaction. So when we speak of the government of Egypt using a pattern of mass detention and torture (90 are arrested so far after this blast), and of extraordinary rendition for example, we are not justifying terrorism or excusing what they did. Treatement, I think, should come from the top and the bottom. Punish the bastards, show them that they're outcasts (protests are good), but also figure out what is turning so many humans into murderous criminals, and try to reduce that makeover abit. If there are reasons that are turning humans into criminals at a higher rate than normal, maybe we should look into those reasons. Sure, if a thousand humans turn into murderous criminals annually, find them all and execute them all. But if its becoming a trend, and the turnover rate is more than normal, then try to reduce that rate by figuring out the reasons and eliminating them --while still finding the outcast criminals and punishing them.

So, among the reasons are the hate ideologies being bred, yes, definetely. Among the reasons are a skewed version of Islam that denounces everyone else, and that would make its followers murder me for having this blog for example, yes, definetely. Among the reasons are also desperation and loss, torture and injustice, extreme pressure with no legitimate ventillation channels which leads to explosion.

Once these factors have infiltrated into people turning them into murderous criminals, you don't worry about the reasons and just work on getting the criminals, yes. But wouldn't it be wise to close the tap, from its source, that pours so many terrorists into our laps?


ألِف said...

At last I can agree on this issue with someone blogging in English!

I was starting to believe that Arabs writing in English, are consciously or not, adopting the mainstream thinking mode of English speakers (mainstream-US specifically).

I don't want to repeat what I think, though, unless I really have to :)

Shirazi said...

Blasts were a sad thing for me here.

Jane said...

While I admit that I am not educated in Egyptian law and investigative techniques, I find it a bit unsettling that so many people have been taken into custody because of the blasts. If so many people were truly involved, odds are someone would have leaked some information by now, if not before the bombings. I can only assume that many innocent people are being detained for reasons unknown. If I am mistaken, I apologize for my ignorance. If I am right then I am sorry for the innocent and their families. In any case I was very saddened to hear of the terrible event. However, I have seen in my own country that when people are afraid they are much too willing to give up their civil rights and to tolerate the detention of innocent people. Finding those responsible for these mass murders is very important but the ends do not always justify the means.

ألِف said...

You won't believe how many people in Egypt take the non-existence of their civil liberties for granted. You'd even hear people finding excuses for the governments behaviour, which in my - and a few other people's - opinion is totally unacceptable.

If the police wants to ask Sinai's about stranger in their area or suspicious movements in the mountain tracks which they know very well, then they should politely knock on doors and ask for their statements, but not abduct *thousands* from their homes and detain them indefinitely! Not even when the aim is to catch the terrorists and prevent further terrorism.

jehjahlu said...

i don't think it would be that hard to figure out what is turning these people into mass criminals.. what do you think could be motivating such behaviours?

Rush Murad said...

i feel sorry for the victims and their loved one. hope we can make this world a better place to live....

Papa Ray said...

As anyone knows, hate starts in the heart.

Put there by events or by
the words of others.

Read some of those words
and tell me how to stop hate.

Tell me how to stop the words of hate.

Tell me you can stop it with more words.

You will be wrong.

Papa Ray
West Texas

TARFAH said...

This is one of the best posts you have written. Its beauty is in its simplicity!

ألِف said...

Speaking of South Sinai, ElTarfah (Aṭ-ṭarfa) is a town in mid-south Sinai near St. Katrina (ElMalga)