Last week we witnessed the incredible cruelty humans are capable of in the medical school graduation bombing in Mogadisho that killed over 20 and injured 60 plus people, mainly students. A day later, it was a mosque near Peshawar, Pakistan that killed at least 50 people. What do these two events have in common, beside the indescribable evilness to it? They’re done by people who believe they share a faith with us. They’re done by people who share the human kinship with the rest of us. They’re done by, above all, people who believe in so much hatred and destruction that any being that doesn’t subscribe to their ideology of wicked hate must be annihilated at any cost, by any means.
So I ask: Is there anything that can stop such a virus? All the previous ideologies of hate and destruction that came before this virus we call terrorism – from the Crusades, the Inquisition, Slavery, Colonization, Fascism to Nazism – had a sources that could be seen and fought against face to face. But, terrorism – where do you start? How do you fight against someone whose goal isn’t to live to conquer, but just to die fulfilling his perversion of a religion of peace and love? Huxley’s Brave New World may have imagined an advanced human specie capable of producing just about anything, but what it really was trying to predict was this world that we are living in today. And this virus, my friends, will take quite a while.
As I sit and write this, I’m contemplating about my graduation in the Spring and what I will do thereafter. It has often been my desire to go back to Somalia and contribute to whatever knowledge and skills I have to my people. These medical students, on the other hand, were already there and ready to serve but these massive assholes just had to destroy the only bright thing the suffering people of Somalia had. Along with professors, journalists, health and education ministers, and non-graduating students, the bombing effectively made Somalia a land occupied by terrorists. And these terrorists just murdered the last remaining intellectuals in the South of the country. Now I’m not so inclined to go any near where these insane creatures operate.
I can imagine this is also happening to a lot of Somalis in the diaspora but only time will tell if peace and love will prevail over hate and destruction in the land of nomads and poets. God help us.