International Cooperation Against Terrorism

  • 1 November 2010

Recently, several signs have emerged which indicate that forces of terrorism and extremism are continuing to execute their nefarious designs to foment chaos and disorder at the international level. Lately, two parcel bombs were found in Dubai and Britain, which had been sent from Yemen to the US. The incident is the most recent sign of the lurking threat of terrorism and it will not be the last, because terrorist organizations will not give up on achieving their evil objectives and goals.

However, it is encouraging to note the recent successes in foiling these terrorist operations—especially against those attacks that targeted infrastructure facilities in the US and Europe, such as metro stations, hotels etc. On the other hand, the incidents point to the fact that even after waging a fierce global war against terrorism for several years, terrorists are still capable to plan and operate from around the world and have the potential to inflict great harm in human and material terms. It is clear that forces of terror, which have suffered major reversals in recent years, want to return to the arena with greater vigor to grab attention of the international media by proving that they still exist and remain capable of planning and recruiting new adherents. This should prove to be sufficient motivation for greater international cooperation against terrorism in the times ahead because successive attempts at foiled terrorist attacks confirm the doggedness of these forces and their capabilities to find gaps in the security and to breach it for their reprehensible purposes.

Nine years after the launch of the global war against terrorism in 2001, the goal remains distant and challenge requires greater effort, planning and cooperation because the enemy is stubborn and intractable as it has learnt to morph and disguise itself. The world cannot win the war against terrorism without developing active cooperation among its member states in what would be a protracted, wide-ranging and comprehensive war. In recent years, it has been proved that the entire planet has become the battle ground of the terrorists. It may appear that it might prefer a particular area for some time for tactical reasons as it lies in wait to exploit gaps in the political, economic and security environment to gain a footing for itself to launch its campaigns.

Despite the foiled terrorist attacks that targeted Europe and the US recently, the planning and execution of these attacks, meant that forces of terror had thrown the gauntlet at the world and so the latter has to pursue cooperation and cooperation to the hilt to face off this challenge.