The terrorist attack in a Tel Aviv market left four people dead and at least 13 seriously injured. Israeli authorities reacted quickly to cancel some 83,000 permits for Palestinian residents of the West Bank. Those permits normally allowed visitation to family living in Gaza. I imagine this was done to prevent the escape of the terrorist’s support group, whoever they might be. Stopping the flow of people through checkpoints would aid that process. Two of the four suspect terrorists were killed and a third was wounded and said to be in serious condition Wednesday night, June 8th.
The attackers were young, dressed as religious Jews. They fired at random as they entered the market. Two of the terrorists were relatives who came from a region in the Hebron Hills known to be a Hamas stronghold. A Hamas spokesman has promised “more surprises” soon. But while Hamas praised the attack, it did not claim responsibility. This is the month of Ramadan, a sacred time for Islam. Muslims celebrate the first revelation of the Quran. The month of fasting bans sinful behaviour, of which fighting is one kind of act specified. That would suggest that the terrorists involved in the Tel Aviv attack seriously violated the principles of Ramadan. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the act “murder” and promised to take necessary steps to attack the attackers.
It has been several months since I last wrote about acts of terror around the world. That is not to say there have been no such acts to report. There have been many in fact. But it is increasingly difficult to make sense of the wanton destruction being committed by terrorists. I find it increasingly difficult to try and explore the facts of these cases. To many of a western mindset these acts cannot be justified and yet it may be that our western mindset is partly to blame. We do not always treat others with respect.
Before you get upset with what I just wrote, stop and think for a moment about reasons why terrorists feel the need to act out against us. By ‘us’ I mean any one who is not of their ethnicity, their religion, their way of life, their worldview. Make no mistake, by terrorist I also mean those people who take a distorted view of each of those elements of life just noted. In particular I believe that most, if not all, Muslim terrorists especially hold and operate under a distorted and exceedly wrong interpretation of Islamic scripture. I made the comment just above that the terrorists violated Ramadan. It is I think characteristic of Islamic terrorists that they bend their scripture to make a more convenient meaning. That does not mean we can take umbrage at all Muslims.
I do not believe that it is reasonable to put blame on all those who hold to the Islamic faith. Perhaps the best possible example right now is Muhammad Ali. whose funeral will be today June 10. Prayers were said for him yesterday in Louisville. People of all faiths were welcomed. That was by Ali’s request. He was committed to the idea of peace just as are many other Muslims who live and work among us and are proud to be able to live freely in America.
The basic truth here is that terrorists are in the minority. They want to be the majority and are prepared to do anything to get to that position. Any and all actions taken against them are justified in my mind. Terrorists rise up because they cannot easily be rooted out when they begin their plotting. But as soon as they appear they should be stopped by all practical means.
I typically end these blog posts by mentioning something about my book The Chechen’s Revenge. It is true that my antagonist and his cells of terrorists are Islamic in their belief system. But I make the point very clear that their beliefs are wrongheaded, misguided and misunderstood teachings. In my second novel A Prairie Vendetta, still under construction, I write about homegrown terrorists in the central plains of Canada. These are a small group of disillusioned Metis, mainly from a Roman Catholic tradition, whose motivation is derived from the urgings of a megalomaniac who believes the Metis people have been wronged by political machinations. Their religious beliefs don’t enter into the picture at all. My point here is that terrorist beliefs and actions are born in a variety of ways. Our goal is to be aware and make things right whenever possible before terrorism becomes a belief that no other way to correct a wrong is possible.
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Ron Stotyn, PhD