The Echo of Paris

By The Editor: Siddharth Sehgal

What happened in France will have reverberation all over the world and this should be a wake up call for all of the people of the world that as long as threat of Islamic extremism exist, we might be counting bodies one attack after the other. This questions our sense of security, our sense of living a normal life, of our sense of civility and normalcy of life. This brought us the gruesome memory of Mumbai on eve of 26\11.

This attack is a question mark on the open doors policy of Europe which has welcomed the refugees with open arms without any discretion or filter in place. The fears that wolves have come in the skin of sheep are very well founded and real. This is something we Indians have had to live with for decades. We still have to wait for the information that will come out from the investigation but it does seem to raise questions as to how these people got hold of military grade ammunition and arms. Francois Hollande is right at least on one thing, this is an act of war.

 Couple of days ago we had a lot of discussion going on the rising intolerance in India and also in the world at large, well to say the unpleasant truth, its the incidents like these that sow the seeds of mistrust, anger and hatred in people’s minds. If countries or people think that terrorist attacks would stop if Russia and US would stop their campaign against ISIS they are absolutely wrong. These people are not there to force anyone to make peace or stop the war, they think its their religious duty to attack. Mumbai, Bali, Beirut, New York, Boston and the list will go on until our leaders throw the veil of political correctness. We tend to look the other way when it comes to addressing the issues of militant Islam, Wahhabism, Salafism and other line of thought in  mainstream Islam perpetuates the ideology of Jihad. The silence and passive acceptance of these atrocities among Imams and Mullahs of mosques and madrassas sends out a message among wider audience that Muslims in general might be supportive of such acts.

 Often dissident voices like Dr. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, Taslima Nasrin, Nonie Darwish are sidelined as personal biases, why can’t we have a healthy conversation on reformation in Islam. When the head of states around the world will put the blame where it truly belongs?

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