Terrorism Strikes Algeria Again
- 13 December 2007
The twin blasts that rocked Algiers two days ago, killing and injuring scores of people and for which “Al-Qaeda” claimed responsibility, has raised the threat of terrorism in the region and the world. In addition, there is necessity of global cooperation to confront it comprehensively because it is a constant and growing danger, and because there is a need for constant vigilance.
Terrorism is an enemy without a heart, and does not differentiate among its victims. It strikes whenever and wherever it can and does not sicriminate whether its victims be children, the elderly or women. It does not care whether it is targeting official establishments, public places, or branches of international organizations. Its main aim is to cause maximum devastation, chaos, and casualties because this is the only way through which it could prove its might. The most weird facet is that the perpetrators of this destruction, bloodshed and killings appear on global television networks claiming responsibility for attacks, like the Algerian carnage, for ostensibly defending right causes. Earlier, they used to make such claims in Iraq and other Arab countries, where they carried out acts of terrorism and extremism. It is also strange that they use terms of the glorious religion of Muslims and claim they are following its peaceful doctrines for killing innocent people and for laying waste the earth, that God has bestowed for building.
One cannot examine the twin attacks on Algeria apart from their general regional bearings. These attacks are part of a huge plan devised by extremist and terrorist forces, mainly “Al-Qaeda” to spread chaos across the region as it has itself stated in its taped pronouncements. Therefore, the issue is not related to Algeria only, but is part of a general plan, which affects everyone without exception.
The most disturbing development has been that increased pressure and blockade against Al-Qaeda has only made the terror organization more belligerent. In addition, whenever it was removed or chased away from a region, it has moved on to other areas to regroup and carry out its operations. This highlights the point that the war against terrorism is not a conventional military campaign, wherein the beginning and the end are clearly defined and where the parties involved are easily identifiable. This is a different and complicated war against a continuously changing and die-hard enemy, whose next attack is difficult to predict. This challenge necessitates regional and international cooperation because terrorism considers all sides to be its enemy.