PRESIDENT Obama in a speech at the White House has called for addressing the root causes of extremism but he stopped short of identifying the causes and the people responsible for violence that we are witnessing in different part of the globe today. He also called for remaining steadfast in the fight against terrorist organisations that are involved in blasts, target killing and beheading of innocent people for no crime of theirs.
But practically his acts run against the statement that he utters. Instead of going all out to address the root causes of terrorism to ultimately eliminate the menace that has gripped the world, the US is selective in approach to achieve its long-term objectives. War against terrorism requires a variety of non-military strategies: diplomacy and economic development that provide opportunities for alienated youth as well as effective ideological campaigns to counter violent extremism but what the US is doing is to gain military foothold in different parts of the world under the pretext of defeating terrorists. President Obama has been claiming victory against terrorism or that the United States has turned a corner past war; but his utterances and wishes do not make it so, as we are witnessing in Iraq. For example, the present cycle of violence and instability in the Middle East is the result of the plan “New Middle East” introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with expectations to create conditions of violence and warfare throughout the region to redraw the map of the Middle East in accordance with their geo-strategic needs and objectives. This US act spread anarchy and killings in Iraq, Syria, Libya and instability elsewhere. Therefore, instead of following such a negative approach, the need is that the international community must come together to break the cycles of conflict – especially the sectarian conflict – that have become magnets for violent extremism; and address the grievances that terrorists exploit, including injustice, oppression and economic grievances. We are sure that much needed peace can be within reach if there are nocontradictions in words and actions of President Obama for resolving issues by making hollow statements.