Et tu, Germany? – The Diary of Terrorism By ‘Leke Adebisi
The open-door policy extended by the Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany to the Syrian refugees wore thin so fast as the country switched into reverse by reinstating its border control to curb the overwhelming influx of migrants. Report has it that over 10 million people have been forced from their homes in Syria, with about 500,000 of them arriving in Europe. The mass exodus into Germany mandate the halting of all trains from Austria and, in a dramatic shut down in all parts of Europe, the abolishment of passport control throughout the Schengen confederate is now totally disregarded by the Europe’s economy stalwarts at the instance of the Syrian refugee crisis.
In a single day, over 13000 migrants arrived at Munich to seek asylum in Germany. With this sort of over-run, Germany is now encouraging other member countries of the European Union to show their hand at this great party of the migrants. The mass movement that has seen men, women and children trekking to cross from Syria through Macedonia, Hungary en-route to Germany is epic in size and all man-made. Let us make no mistake, several of these migrating Syrians did not make it to their destination, many of them died at sea, just like the 34 people who lost their life at the Island of Farmakonisi in the Southern Aegean Sea, when their dinghy deflated. Who crosses a sea with a dinghy? If not a desperate soul.
No one should forget the root of this problem, what started as a Pro-democracy protests in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa following the arrest and torture of some teenagers who painted radical slogans on a school wall ignited a vehement reaction from the security forces, who opened fire on protesters. Several people were killed and many more people took to the street demanding the resignation of President Assad. The continued use of force by the Government led to the hardening of the people’s mind, so that by July 2011, Syrians in their hundreds and thousands took to the street all across the country in protest.
The uprising disintegrated into civil war, with grave war crimes reported. President Assad was accused of using chemical weapons on his people. The intervention of the United State led coalition in September 2014 to quench the extremist group – Islamic State (IS), an offspring from the al-Qaeda in Iraq, who has taken advantage of the crisis in the region to launch their agenda failed to put an end to the uproar, rather many groups emerged fighting for one cause or the other as they deemed beneficial.
According to Tony Blair – ‘The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences, which they then use to justify further terror’. Our world is no longer safe, the human race is being terrorised, unfortunately for the Syrian, they have been scattered off their ground, losing their home, family, possessions and dignity. The United State’s effort in putting arms in the hand of 5000-strong force of ‘moderate’ rebels to fight against the IS on Syrian turf is bearing very little result. Today is the case of Syrian refugee crisis, there was once we had the 911 crisis in the US, with the blowing off of the twin towers in a simultaneous airplane crash, killing thousands of innocent people in the country.
The term 7/7 is also not strange in the United Kingdom when a bomb was detonated on a busy peak period London underground transport, with the second bomb explosion on a London bus around the same time. Following these events, there have been several other activities of insurgents in Iraq, Pakistan and the Israel-Palestinian regions. These attacks no longer know boundaries; there was a recent episode in Thailand, a deadly bomb attack in a Hindu shrine, killing 20 people. This led to the arrest of a foreigner in a dawn raid at a Bangkok apartment, he was found with a stack of fake passports and bomb-making materials.
The most painful truth from these rounds of insurgency is the backwardness that is being inflicted on human race. And no one is left out, our daily life routine is now complicated, no one feels safe again no matter where they are. Going through airport security has become so complicated, with metal detectors, body frisks, warranting shoes, belts, caps, wrist watches and so on being taken off by intending travellers at airport’s security control ports. Activities such as taking a family out to a food restaurant at the weekend is no longer complete without a security check at the gate of the restaurant, visiting a cinema now involves ladies’ hand-bag check and men frisked for any security risk materials at the door. When would this stop? Is there any hope of living a normal trusting life again?
At country level, these insurgents are now making the backwardness even more prominent. Such is the case with the Chadian government, when it captured 10 members of the terrorist group called ‘Boko Haram’, an extremist group known to wreak havoc in the northern Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun. Chad, a country who had set a moratorium in place on death penalty for many years, found a reason to lift the freeze, by ordering that the 10 men be sentenced to death. This shows the extent to which the terrorism is changing our world. The world is no longer normal, it has become a place where everyone lives with the nightmare and consciousness of insecurity.
Germany has now shut it doors to the Syrian refugees, another element of backwardness. The United Kingdom will not admit more than 20000 of them over a period of five years, Serbia and Hungary can no longer tolerate the toll of Syrians blockading their train stations and highways. The US is standing aloof while the closest neighbours to the Syrians – Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate prefers to deal with the problem from afar off. Seeing people who have travelled many miles to look for a place of refuge, in the hope of leaving behind their life-threatening country and home, giving up all their worldly possession and self respect, with cap in hand to beg for refuge; only to be welcomed by a border, shut against them is heart wrenching, an absolute refresh of their pain and travail.
For me, I can only remember the song from the mouth of our departed Wacko Jacko – Michel Jackson, ‘Heal the world, make it a better place’.