An open letter to a terrorist

To the man who shot my parents,

It took me a while to digest the news. It took me a while to accept that someone could be so far gone as to not reflect on his deeds, to be incapable of empathizing.

When the news was brought to me, I was picking out a cake for their anniversary. Do you understand what that means? Because I don’t think you could be half as dedicated to your religion as they were to each other; or perhaps you don’t understand because it isn’t inscribed carefully enough in the Quran. I could use bigger words, playing with sentences was something my grandfather taught me well. But I fear that you will not understand those either.

Is your god so weak that he needs you to defend him?

I pity you. I pity you because you will never know the soothing sound of a mother’s lullaby or her soft gentle hands that put you to sleep. I pity you because clearly your father never taught you what it means to be a man. I pity you because your world is built on violence and sadism instead of love and compassion. Mostly, I pity you because all you will ever know of this beautiful world is guns and destruction.

You see, I was ten when my mom told me and my brother that death was natural. I wish I understood then, she was just subtly telling me that she and dad won’t always be around. I wish I’d finally learnt how to make that ginger tea and sew a button on occasion.  I wish I could make dad proud before you decided to take him away.

But then I realized something. I realized that my father was proud that I wasn’t raised like you. That they know the value of the knowledge they passed on and they know I was better than seeking revenge. I realized people miss them, they will always hold that special place because we won’t allow them to be lost into oblivion. But you? Your own damn god will be placing a bet on your death, and you will be forgotten like the remaining ashes of a fire that caused nothing but fear and loss. You will roam these empty streets as mere shadows of the past. You will learn that words are mightier than a sword; mighty enough to help collapse an entire world once uttered, mighty enough to destroy lives.

I remember when mother spoke the most beautiful lies in the world to me, cradling my head in her lap, she spoke of unicorns and rainbows built on promises of a better world. Now, those lies are stuck under the debris along with her remains and with them lies my heart, sanity and humanity.

As I walk around the city, I survey the remains of the battleground. Hearing the echoes of the cries that helped build this ground brick by brick and have now broken it missile by missile.

If you win, know, that the taste of victory will be as bitter as acid on your tongue and the tears that were shed and wounds that bled will hang like an albatross around your neck. You may conquer the world, but with no one left to inhabit it.

Regards

The girl who will smile regardless.

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The world has bled enough

The threat of terrorism and its growth is a matter of immediate concern. With the recent attacks of IS and false promises of Boku Haram, the international community finds itself forced to address theses challenges as effectively and immediately as possible. The United Nations Special Session on Terrorism convened for its second meeting to discuss the rising issue of terrorist recruitment from developing nations. The global representatives were locked in an intensive debate on the actual application and solution proposals in the three working papers on the table for discussion.

“We would like to remind the delegates sitting in this room that the world does not revolve around them!” strongly stated the representative of Ghana and further stressed on the need to set political gains aside and work together to solve this ever growing threat. The committee was enthusiastic in proposing a number of analytical and critical solutions to combat the situation at hand. Among this plethora of solutions and deliberations; a few stood out. The representative of the African Republic suggested, “We must ensure that minority communities have provisions protecting them in order to prevent chaos similar to that between the Shia and Sunni Muslims” while the delegation of Libya stressed on the need for financial aid to support developing nations in order to provide better resources and education to vulnerable civilians.

In response to the proposed solutions,”We need to be more specific in our approach and come up with policies that not only look good on paper but are also plausible in reality” argued the United States of America. Of the three working papers submitted, Working paper 1.1 was accused of not being realistic in their policy suggestions. While working paper 1.2  was on the receiving end of criticism by various delegations on it’s proposal to temporarily shut down the internet in regions that have seen a rise in terrorist recruitments through social media among other loopholes. Whereas working paper 1.3 was well received and agreed upon by most representatives of the international community with a few exceptions from counties such as Germany and United states, that expressed concern regarding various loopholes.

The delegation of Ukraine suggested extensive debate on the working papers and possibly merging the best suited solutions in to one comprehensive document. The committee accepted this idea and is moving toward further debate before choosing a final course of action. The main concern that remains is the applicability and implementation of these policies in a manner that ensures they are effective.

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Beginning Stages in the Special Session on Terrorism

Chatter engulfs the area surrounding Back Bay C, where the Special Session on Terrorism is taking place. Newly formed blocs are outside the meeting room, beginning to create the first clauses for their working papers. While alliances are quickly forming, it is clear not all feel their policies are being represented within their clusters.

“The topic we’ve chosen to address is terrorist recruitment from developing nations,” the delegate from Italy explained. “I would’ve gone with Topic B – sovereignty and the role that plays in terrorist policy- because I felt you needed to establish a legal basis before starting with the policy whereas topic A as goes right into the issue,” a Canadian delegate commented. Other delegates from Germany and the United States expressed some frustration with the consideration of their policies. Yet, all four delegations are working together.

“Italy is working in a block with Germany, Canada, and several other nations, drafting a working paper that’s going to address the multiple facets of this issues including lack of education and the fact that many are driven into terrorist organization due to low quality of life and the belief that their standard of life will be raised with terrorist organizations. Additionally, we’re working on developing proper financing methods to ensure developing nations are enabled to combat these issues themselves. Specifically we are working on recruitment with nations that are more vulnerable as they don’t necessarily have the resources to work on education as well as these other issues.” the Italian representative added. The German delegate announced that “The working paper that we’re creating focuses on a counter-terrorism committee that we can use to implement different programs-as our topic is recruitment of terrorist groups- so we definitely want to focus on education, finance, and internet surveillance so we can survey terrorist groups.”

The delegate from the United States went on to say that “…when we speak of terrorist recruitment we have the best programs in the world. We have mass surveillance programs and military intervention complexes in Syria and Iraq which have been effective with drone strikes and airstrikes. So our policy when a terrorist group comes into the country, such as the 9/11 attacks that infringe on our sovereignty, we hit them back as hard as they hit us. In the working paper, we drafted certain clauses that weren’t relevant exactly to my policy, which is mainly military intervention so I was a bit disappointed we did not include that but I actually realize that it is the spirit of compromise and once I compromised with Germany and Italy is when I could actually work with them and that’s the best course of action and yeah did contribute clauses.”

The bloc estimates that there are four or five working papers in progress, though only two resolutions will be accepted by the chair.  While the issues the Special Session on Terrorism addresses remain complex, these will become the building blocks of comprehensive reform for these nations.

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