Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Hizbullah: The Art of Terrorism

Hezbollah Militants (Source: Google Images) 

Introduction
Hizbullah is a militant group founded by Lebanese Shiite clerics, inspired by the teachings of Mohammed Baqr as-Sadr (Iraq) and Ayatollah Khomeini (Iran). The organisation is based in Southern Lebanon, with a strong influence in the Beka'a Valley; and its stated goals are the destruction of the State of Israel, the elimination of Western influence in the Middle East and the establishment of a theocracy in Lebanon (based on Ruholla Khomeini's Shia Ideology "We are required [by Islamic law] to struggle for establishing the Islamic state..."

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

To be Islamophobic or Islamosceptic, that is the Question

A View in Cairo - David Roberts

"[To] protect themselves against criticism, Islamists have invented the formula of 'Islamophobia' to defame their critics" -- Bassam Tibi

Islamists have pulled a doublethink on the West and many people (usually the most influential ones) have fallen for it. This means that an individual cannot criticise an Islamist without being called an Islamophobe - i.e. a racist.
I do admit that they were smart enough in coining such an expression

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Assumption: Countering Terrorism without violating Human Rights

The Ninth Wave - Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Can governments fight terrorism without infringing upon human rights?

Politicians, some scholars, but mostly Human Rights Activists affirm that it is indeed quite possible to do so. For example: 
Terry Davis; former Secretary General of the Council of Europe; said,

"(..) the need to respect human rights is not an obstacle to the effective fight against terrorism."