Terrorism. If you check on Wikipedia, it is defined as (…) violent acts (or the threat of violent acts) intended to create fear (terror), perpetrated for an economic, religious, political, or ideological goal, and which deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants.
For those of you that don’t know, I currently live in the UK. 10 years ago, a series of bombings happened in London, killing 52 people. These were terrorist attacks. Another one had occurred the previous year in Spain. We all know about the 9/11 attacks. Several others happened in the last years, a recent one in Tunisia.
The feeling I had on the anniversary of the bombings here in the UK was of profound sadness. How can anyone, despite their ideology or religion, can do something like that? Take out so many innocent lives? The fact is, they can. And it is happening all over the world.
Today, I was reading about the terrorism threat levels in the UK. I must say that I was a bit shocked to find out that the level is “severe” at the moment, meaning an attack is highly likely. Something like this makes you feel uncomfortable. Now, I am usually a very relaxed person on these types of matters, but I’ve been finding myself more worried than usual once in a while. If first we had Al-Qaeda and others, now we have the Islamic State. And even if the latter disappears there is always going to be some other organisation that will come and enforce fear. And the most disturbing thought is that an attack can happen anytime, anywhere.
So, my main question here is what should be done? As far as we know the war on terror is still ongoing, is that enough/good? Or should we address the issue in a different way?
This morning I had a conversation about the state of the world. It is something that has been on my mind for quite some time, as the number of conflicts keeps increasing. If you look around in the news you will see articles about the Syrian War, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, about problems in Iraq, about the war in Ukraine…
The world is a complete, total mess. And how? How did we arrive here?
Last week (28 July 2014) marked the 100 years of the beginning (28 July 1914) of the 1st World War. You can click the link if you want a simple explanation about it. There are several ceremonies around the world regarding WW I, remembering all the sacrifices made, all the lives lost. You can check more here. It is not rare finding a monument to the WW I and II causalities. There is this need for to world not to forget the horror of such a war. So why does it keep forgetting?
In this conversation that I had, I said that I “feel” that something is coming. Now, I don’t like to be a misfortune prophet, as it is really not my style, but I do think that in the next 5, 10, etc years there will be some kind of turning point in these conflict areas. Could be good or could be bad…But there has to be one.
With the experience of the two previous world wars, I try to think that the international community is now too smart to let a 3rd World War start, but I am wrong? Tell me what you think!
North Korea successfully launched a rocket this Wednesday (12/12). Several countries condemned the test.
Earlier this year (April), the country tried to launch another rocket but due to a technical failure, the test was a disaster. At the time, the UN addressed the issue and spoke against it, asking North Korea to not try to launch another rocket. Now, it seems that North Korea finally achieved what it had been up to.
North Korea has been asking for the nuclear force status, which has been denied (actually, this launch violates two resolutions regarding nuclear matters). Although the country claims that these tests are not intended to be for nuclear or ballistic purposes, the fact is that this launch brought major concerns for various countries, mostly Asiatic ones: Japan said it was intolerable, South Korea said it was a provocation and Russia condemned the act.
So, is this launch such a big thing as several countries think? It can be. The country is known for not having the best of relations with other states (and now proved that can reach them with a missile). But this doesn’t mean that North Korea is going to attack them. I think that they are trying to say something like “hey, I have nuclear stuff, now you can’t touch me”.
In conclusion, it is a provocation. Who has the better horse wins the race.