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Issue No.: 570 | December 2014

Ottawa Attack

Ashok Karnik
Every issue has at least two sides.
A wise person examines all sides before coming to a conclusion.

Another Parliament House came under attack (October 22, 2014), this time in Canada. The attack was not threatening like the one on the Indian Parliament (December 2001). One soldier was killed and one attacker died. It is not known if the attacker was alone. The damage was negligible but the fact of the attack itself should ring warning bells. Individual fidayeen acting on their own is the new danger. The attacker was a converted Muslim fired by the call from his Caliphate. The ISIS has asked Muslims all over the world to kill the enemies of the Caliphate wherever possible but make it a public exhibition of punishment. This directive allows the madness in the Middle-East to spread to the rest of the world. The terrorist attacks so far were organized by well-trained jihadis, working under some sort of concerted plan of action. Now the call is for individual action wherever and whenever possible without any control or guidance from above. For example, in Canada, a week earlier a sympathizer of the ISIS ran over two soldiers killing one of them; consequently he himself was shot down by the police. This kind of mad violence opens up new areas of concern. Anybody any time could turn into a terrorist.

India which is the victim of terrorism for the last 35 years is now the target from several directions. It is a prime target for the Pakistan Army and Pak-based terrorist organizations. Pakistan has already stepped up its hostility in the hope of making Kashmir an international issue. The Pak Assembly passed an anti-India resolution. Terror outfits like L-e-T, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen, etc., have stepped up infiltration to obstruct the elections in Kashmir. The ISIS has urged all Muslims to take up arms against the infidels. The Al Qaeda has opened a new wing to attack the Indian sub-continent. Local radicalized youth are active through secret cells. While organized violence can be tackled somewhat, individual action such as seen in Ottawa is impossible to counter. Fortunately, India is free of gun culture; at least guns are not available across the counter. Otherwise, we could have faced the spectre of radicalised youth picking up guns and shooting down people at random! The US may see such suicidal jihadis soon. 
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