Friday, January 8, 2010

Methods To Stop Terrorism And Important Learned Lessons

In this wonderful piece of work, Muhammad Bilal Iftikhar Khan has analysed the common mistakes that are committed while dealing with terrorism. He has also mentioned some great lessons that have been learnt in the past by taking wrong policy decisions to tackle terrorism. This is a worth piece to consider by Indian government that is presently engaged in a fight against terrorism.

Observation I

You cannot destroy liquid. Stab a knife in glass of water and water will give way to knife. Then after some time the rusting process will start and ultimately solid knife will rust. But if you put fire under the glass, the water will start evaporating but will only change form. Soon glass will be empty but water will still remain same but in other form.


You cannot defeat a liquid force by just utilizing power of muscle. The strategy of use of force is counterproductive. If you want to defeat a liquid force you need to break it at atomic and molecular level.

Al Qaeda and Taliban cannot be defeated by sheer use of Force. Lessons of Operation Khanjer have clearly taught that troop surge will be waste of time. Use of force will only help extremists. With every innocent dead they will get more support.

They are liquid force, they will give way but this giving way is not victory because soon the rusting process will start on those who fight them. It’s exactly what happened to Soviet forces

To break this extremist force you need to break it on atomic and molecular level. This means stop use of force which cause collateral damage. It also means eliminate the conditions which help extremist forces. It also means to reckon demographic and ground realities and correct the mistakes committed. It also means winning hearts and minds of Muslims by adopting just policies in Palestine and Kashmir and Muslim Ummah in which they don’t feel losers. It also means to respect Muslims and their choices. Don’t force dictators on masses by supporting them.

And most importantly don’t fight extremism with extremism. When a civilized person becomes extremist, he become idiot and commits stupid mistakes. When US president has announced troops surge in Afghanistan, reports are coming that al Qaeda is shifting to Yemen and Somalia.

Al Qaeda is showing better strategic thinking. They are widening the battle field and exploiting the effects of American policies. More battle fields means US and NATO to stretch more. This means dispersion of force and resources. Extremists have advantage of flexibility, where as this advantage is not enjoyed by other side. Fights against these extremists according to their own wishes have already brought global economic recession. People of our world are crushing between civilized extremists and religious extremists.

To defeat religious extremists first of all stop fighting war according to their wishes. Please throw pre conceive ideas about each other. The amount of Islam phobic people in west and Europhobic/ west phobic people in Islamic world are the reason rationality is getting defeated and extremism weather Islamic or Western is winning. West should forget its colonial thinking pattern. They must see non western people as equivalent. Their thinking pattern is causing their double standards which are adding fire to already tense situation.

Leaders of west have greater responsibility because they owe their wealth and advancement to East which they exploited fully when they were colonial masters. They should give a small amount of riches back by investing in their old colonies for development. Remember empty stomach and poverty forces people to crime and incubate the extremist ideologies.

Observation Number II

Water always flows from high ground towards low Ground. According to Law of Nature water will not flow back to mountains. From seas and rivers will get evaporated, form clouds and winds will push it towards mountains.


Extremism starts from the advance nations. Palestine issue is one big example. Colonial era and treatment of people of colonies is also another example. Then western support of dictators and those disliked by their people is another example.

Recent example of Prophet’s cartoons on which Majority of west exhibited more extremism the third world extremists is another big example. In west denying Holocaust is crime but to degrade a person who have billions followers is freedom of speech. Like Bulleh Shah, the Famous Sufi Poet said

میری بکل دے وچ چور “Thief is in my clock”

West should understand that a real extremist lies in their ranks. Its only third law of motion which becomes a reality in many cases.

Observation Number III

A capitalist do everything for the love of capital. Money is cold and non living that’s why those who love money become cold.


I agree that Human are selfish by nature. In East and West ideologies are sold not for betterment of people but to achieve interests. Here Mullah sells religion. They have big Madrassas big cars etc etc.

In west those who advocate war and advocate extremism versus extremism, have big commercial interests. Some want to sell their arms and ammunition, other have their eyes on resources.

In east we have religious extremists and in west we have economic extremists. Both exploit common man. These vulture control media and information outlets. They motivate common man to become fodder of their selfish interests. A common man in East, like his human brother in west wants an honest life with food and security and a good life. He doesn’t want war or insecurity. His leaders on other hand, weather economic, political/ religious or military, know if conflict ends how will he earn?

It’s surprising to see how thinking pattern of OBL, Ayman Al Zawahiri, Billy Graham, and Garry Fall well, GW Bush, Tony Blair, and BAL Thackeray etc is the same and on other side thinking pattern of a common man living in East or in West matches.

It’s really tough to create but very easy to destroy. Our leaders both in East and in West like to destroy not to build

Observation Number IV

If you have to walk a thousand mile or just 10 steps, 1st step counts the most.


I am not socialist, but I agree with socialists on couple of Points. We, the citizens of World should understand how we all are being exploited by our religious, economic and political elite.

We must understand, Our God, call him Allah, God, El, Baghwan … honored us by making us humans. If we cannot become humans we can never become Muslims, Hindus or Christians. Becoming a human is best way to thank creator.

Secondly if my neighbor is not happy, I cannot become happy. We live in globalize world where world has become a global village. If there is suffering in Palestine, I cannot run away from its effects. I know my leaders will never like conflicts and real politics to end because that’s how they earn and become rich but as human it’s my duty to elect humans not cold capitalist, and force them to formulate policies which will bring peace and prosperity not only for me but my other brethren with whom I share common ancestry and world.

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