12/09/2015 11:58 EST | Updated 12/09/2016 05:12 EST

We Need To Make A Collective Effort To End Violent Radicalism

Authorities investigate the scene where a police shootout with suspects took place, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Radicalism that leads to violence by individuals needs to be addressed profoundly,instead of politicizing the subject or making use of it for biased "gains." Furthermore, it should not be used, as we have been witnessing for so long, to launch hatred, discriminatory, bigotry and smear campaigns against any community, religion or culture. Actually, such racist approaches against citizens certainly inflames radicalism from all sides.

The concept of radicalism that leads to violence through history has always, similar to all other philosophical doctrines, sought to justify its movement based on mainly social, economical and political reasoning.

"Religions" have been, in recent times, added to the catalogue that violent radicals use to legitimize their acts, and as mean of delivering their objections to what they consider "injustice." This addition of "religious" reasoning to violent operations has made the subject much more sensitive, confusing and complicated.

On the other hand, the self-proclaimed civilized "governments and administrations" that consider themselves fighting against "extremism" are themselves relying on means of extreme radicalism to achieve their goals, such as wars, bombardments of cities and military assaults whose victims are mainly innocent civilians. These forces go as far as supporting of dictatorship, enraging conflicts, creating more unrest and making matters much more complex than ever.

The world ends by extremism adopted by individuals, groups, rulers and states that are fighting each other. End-result, innocent blood is spilled all over the land, countries destroyed and thousands of refugees on the run!

One of most dangerous forms of radicalism that may lead to direct, indirect or encourage violence is hate speech that is targeting individuals, groups or segments of society because of their religious, cultural, racial or ethnic back ground.

The dangerous element of such a phenomenon is the fact it seems soft in its nature and as if it's only freedom of expression. The matter of the fact that tolerating such bigotry form of hate speech radicalism has proven that it leads to violence against innocent people in the streets and public places creates friction within societies and legitimizes discrimination and racism.

The responsibility of tackling, addressing and finding drastic solutions for violent radicalism is a duty that should be spread over the shoulder of the society's stakeholders as well as decision-makers, community, media, "religious" groups, social experts, families and others.

Spreading accusations, ignoring collective responsibility, indictment of cultures and ethnicities, isolating societies and believing in the theory of conspiracy, are all elements that will get the subject matter into more difficulty and will create tricky situations that will lead us all to a vicious circle.

Society should unite and work together to prevent and assist the individuals that may be inclined to choose vicious radicalism as a means of expressing their political dissatisfaction. The message to those people would be to quit such a devastating path that is, undoubtedly, causing so much damage and sorrow for the public at large, including the cause they allege they are fighting for. The clear idea is there are other peaceful ways to expose political points of views and there is absolutely no need for aggressiveness.

Preventing radicalism that may lead to violence requires collective efforts at educational, social, economical amongst other levels to deal and solve the subject matter effectively and successfully.


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