Deconstructing Extremist Ideology

Deconstructing Extremist Ideology

  • 2 September 2015

Although the Arab world is forced to contend with the fires of extremism and terrorism more so than others, nevertheless, the issue of deconstructing extremist ideology is undoubtedly no longer a concern for the Arab World alone. Rather, it has become a global concern that encompasses those supporting terrorism both covertly and overtly. Those facilitating terrorist activities are afraid of being exposed, getting a taste of their own medicine, and unleashing the devil within.

When opposing any negative phenomenon, it is imperative to examine the aspects of eradication on the one hand, and the aspects of construction and development on the other. Necessary aspects of eradication include a close examination of everything seen to be supporting extremist ideologies such as those religious groups, political movements and parties that engage in violence as a means of attaining their goals. Other modes of support include: private societies where ideological, partisan, doctrinal or sectarian agendas are able to prosper; suspicious publications and printing houses that promote violence; school curricula that need to be revised and reconsidered; and the financial networks bankrolling terrorism.

Vital aspects of construction and development are represented in efforts geared towards establishing a solid construction that is able to resist both ideological infiltration and threats to security whilst withstanding political and economic pressure. Any comprehensive attempts designed to combat extremist ideology should be applied both vertically and horizontally in view of curbing those advocating extremism. Such an approach requires: the targeting of sources of funding and following up on instances of money laundering, which will in turn prevent the dispersal of unethical funds used to finance terrorism; expedite the passing of laws that deter those who dare to terrorize society; and promoting social justice as a means of disabling the ability of groups that look to exploit the physical and psychological needs of the distressed, the unrecognized, and the marginalized.

One of the most dangerous aspects fuelling extremism lies in the proliferation of underground cells, groups and organizations, in addition to the inward looking nature and ideologies of such entities. It is essential that we warn the younger generation against drifting towards these suspicious organizations.

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Wednesday 2 September 2015

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Wednesday 2 September 2015

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