By Jagunmade O. Rilycks
21st of September marks the annual world peace day. A day set aside to celebrate international peace and coexistence. Before I go further, let me stress the point that peace is merely not the absence of war.
It is a common scenario to have a day named after an international cause, movement, ideology, etc. In actual fact, I doubt if a day out of the 365/(6) days that makes a year is actually free of tags such as world malaria day, world sickle cell day etc.
It is highly impressive knowing that the whole world is concerned enough to unite towards a common cause but are we truly reaping the dividends of such campaigns? Is the western world only using such campaigns to play to the gallery? Is world peace a reality or a mirage? Can we truly have a world devoid of chaos, war, oppression?
I was having a casual discussion with a brother of mine on the recent spate of killings and terrorism in the USA. Through the course of our discussion, we explored the concept of terrorism from different perspectives. Prior to this time, He was of the opinion that terrorism is only a problem of the underdeveloped/developing world such as Syria, Nigeria, Iraq etc. We all are guilty of this stereotypical approach to terrorism as we mostly blame certain tribes, religion, country or human race for this menace.
Now that the mighty USA is falling to this monstrous demon called terrorism, where is the hope for the vulnerable countries of the world?
Terrorism is a much loathed yet persistent human phenomenon and it should be treated as such.
Contrary to the common perspective that links terrorism to a certain religion, race or ethnicity, I’d like to put it straight that terrorism is peculiar to all facets of humanity… Even the acclaimed holy country of Israel cannot distance herself from terrorism, likewise the Islamic inclined countries of the world… This doesn’t exclude the so called super powers of the world, The US, Russia, Germany etc. I think the best way to curtail the ever evolving menace of Terrorism lies in perceiving and dealing with it holistically instead of victimising and attacking personalities, religions or certain human races… There is no bad religion, there is no bad tribe or human race.. The only valid distinction is that between good and bad people.
It is only when we realize the need to truly come together as one powerful force against terrorism and other forms of societal ills, that we achieve a genuinely peaceful world. Until then, Happy world peace day!