By Hon. Atem Garang D. Dekuek*
August 16, 2016 (SSB) — Today, the world is facing two grim and major global challenges namely, climate change and international terrorism. Although there are other serious and equally grim challenges such as poverty and disease especially in Africa, the most pressing challenge on the international nerves today is terrorism. Terrorism is known to be a methodology applied by its proprietors through two differing means, one crude and the other sophisticated.
The first type of terrorism is the well-known and widely publicised crude and barbaric terrorism associated with radical Islam propagate by the likes of the Al Qaeda globally, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Boko Haram in west Africa, Al-Shabab in Somalia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and many others. All these radical Islamic organisations have designed their methods of terror to be brutal and barbaric in order to achieve their objectives. Often using individuals as suicide bombers as primary weapons.
The second type of terrorism which is applied to achieve specific objectives similar to those of radical Islamic organisations, is a form of terrorism favoured and perfected by the Western nations, specifically the United States of America and the European Union and their smaller satellites. It is a form of terrorism clothed in civilised methods but the effects, results, and the victims at the end are as many and as helpless as those of the barbaric form of terrorism.