Indians in terror plot: Is it really shocking?
When I heard that two men, Mohammed Haneef and another man called Sabeel Ahmed (both doctors from Bangalore) had been detained as suspects in the car bombings in the UK, I wasn’t very surprised. In fact what has surprised me is that so far no Indians have been deeply involved in any global terrorist attack. Surely, this utopia had to end sometime, given that we have our countrymen plotting terrorist attacks on our own soil? The Mumbai train blasts had Indians involved, even though they were not the masterminds.
It is sad for Indians living abroad as this news has made world headlines. So far Indian nationals have not been as heavily scrutinised as middle eastern and Pakistani nationals by authorities, but this will soon start to change. Indian youngsters are being lured into this terror network (someone told me that its a Pak plot to defame India!!) and the evidence is there to see in India itself.
There are those who hope that these two Indian nationals are not involved and that the UK police has simply picked them up on suspicion, but if I were them, I wouldn’t count on it. Apparently indicators like emails and cell phone conversations prompted the UK police to detain these men…in fact the two Indians are thought to be quite deeply implicated and are allegedly part of the Liverpool terrorist cell.
Why should educated people get sucked into a terror network?
For the same reason why educated people get sucked into the world of crime. Normally, a good education and a high IQ does tend to make people shy away from criminal activities…but finally what counts is vulnerability, and ofcourse, mental stability. The world has seen several doctors who have been serial killers and murderers. I feel its time we dropped the terrorist label and called all terrorists deranged serial killers. There are perhaps worse, as the term ‘terrorists’ seems to give them a respectability and power they don’t deserve.
If a person is mentally unstable, socially crippled or simply excruciatingly lonely, then what he needs is a group of people who will offer him support. And killer groups offer more than that…they brainwash and pump up the person’s self-esteem to absurd levels and the victim is hooked. And religion is often used to do this…what a great binding factor!
Actually, no religion justifies homicidal behavior and Islam is no exception. Islam is a beautiful elevating religion which is being used by unemployed criminals with murderous tendencies. These are people who get deep pathological satisfaction from killing. They are vicious, violent people at heart. The place for them is either a jail or a mental asylum.
All criminals need a brotherhood. Religion can glue together a fantastic one. Its a great way to salvage one’s conscience isn’t it…just say God told you to kill. Now, isn’t that what many serial killers have said time and again throughout history??
And what a way to earn money! Collecting donations in the name of the brotherhood…’God’s’ brotherhood. Imagine, these criminals get money without doing any work except plotting to kill, getting money to satisfy their feelings of hatred against humanity! What a life for any criminal! And on top of it all, they are made to feel good about it.
Why should anyone believe that his own religion condones killing of innocents, unless he is dreadfully ignorant or dreadfully disturbed?
Religion and religious cults have been used by criminals to cover up their evil deeds since time immemorial. There are priests and holy men from all religions who have misused their robes. In fact it has been found that pedophiles deliberately choose professions which will cloak their evil and many become teachers or holy men (opportunity plus mask). If you delve into history you will find that some of the most evil deeds have been committed in the name of religion. There are those like Richard Dawkins who believe that religion is the root of all evil (he’s written a book on it) and there are those who counter these views…my views are somewhere inbetween. While I believe that we “do not need religion to be moral,” this doesn’t mean that religion, any religion causes evil. What happens is that immoral people have a fantastic crutch in religion. Anyone who says he is killing or looting because of religious reasons is a liar. These so-called terrorists are just a criminal underworld, a global criminal underworld. Someone should strip them of their pretences.
If there was no religion, then these evil people of the world would find other justifications to kill. Did Hitler need religion? Race was sufficient for him. Revenge is often another justification used to murder others, even innocent people. If it isn’t race or revenge, it can be self-delusion of the kind which tells the evil-doer: You need to save the world. Evil people always justify their deeds…otherwise how will they manage to recruit more people into their fold? How else will they feel good about themselves?
Update 18th May 2008: One of the doctors, Dr. Haneef, was found innocent although the police still suspect that he had some inkling of the other man’s (his cousin) was up to. Sabeel Ahmed was found guilty. What is wonderful is that Haneef was freed, was allowed back into Australia, and now there is government inquiry on to find out why he was framed. You can read about it here.
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