USA bent on fighting from both sides in af-pak sector war
Feb 11 2010
Reasons for Current Spread of Terrorism
USA is bent on fighting from both sides in af-pak sector war
I wrote the following comment in a discussion on hub pages. The initiator, a hubber from Pakistan had wondered why terrorism today is spread from poor and Muslim countries. He was then concluding that terrorism will go away once poverty is removed. I wrote the following comment. Let me put it in the hub also. Looking forward to your views on it. I am modifying my comments slightly to make it more suitable for a hub.
Poor People are not real cause of terrorism
Your final words are good. Indeed, if some basic needs of life are satisfied then average persons may not take trouble to do useless things which do not affect their lives, certainly not violent acts. This is the model followed in western Europe and USA. They have managed to keep satisfaction of this type for an average person.
But your initial assessment about reasons for spread of terrorism are in reverse direction. When you imply terrorism is only because of poor people, you are looking only at foot soldiers who just now have no option but to follow their masters.
Real cause of current spread of terrorism
Spread of terrorism today has very little to do with Muslim religion or poor people. Main cause of spread of terrorism today is that many Muslim countries are ruled by Army or feudal lords. For example Pakistan has now democracy but real rulers are mainly army top guys and a few feudal lords. Saudi Arabia is another example. These rulers have decided that they can never have technological economic capacity to fight conventional wars or to stop spread of development in their country, which may result in erosion in their hold over masses in their country. It seems that then they decided that only way they can have their power in their own country as well as in other countries is by having proxy wars using terrorism and instigating religious sentiments among masses to have support for such wars. For this to happen they do not mind even people in their own country getting killed.
Extremism in Pakistani society started from upper middle class
Many articles in Pakistani press point out that real extremism in their society also started from upper middle class and mainly army officers. (see links below for three articles from well known Pakistani writers giving an exceptionally good analysis of current situation in Pakistan on evolution of extremism in their society and also an interesting hub on the same topic by Perrya)
It is these rulers who are also bent on keeping main population there uneducated and poor and using them as a tool. Creating Muslim religious sentiments to find foot soldiers all over world is also being used by them as a tool to create an international proxy war set up. One can also see that the difference in the manner in which they fight terrorists and western people do, reflects this phenomena. While western countries do take a lot of care to decrease civilian deaths using technological tools, Pakistani army does not mind even carpet bombing areas in their own country, resulting in mass casualties and displacements. Many writers from Pakistan have recorded miseries this has caused.
Incapacity of India or China and quagmires of USA and West European countries
It is unfortunate that large countries of the region like India, China are now not properly organized or managed. Thus they do not have time being capacity or strategy to fight these rulers and help economically the actual population in these countries. The western countries have got involved, specially after 9/11, in fighting only foot soldiers and are in the name of helping population in these countries helping and paying bribes to only these top rulers. Even earlier than 9/11 they were playing the same game.
USA is now bent on fighting in af-pak sector of war from both sides
The strategies of USA and Western European countries now seem to be lost in corruption in their own set up and a quagmire. They are fighting the foot soldiers and at the same time helping these top rulers who are organizing these foot soldiers against them. Thus they seem to be bent on fighting in af-pak sector war from both sides! Until they resolve to put their act in a proper perspective, chances are very less that the problem will get solved.
Links to three articles with exceptionally good analysis on rise of extremism and current situation by Pakistani writers