Editorial: April 23, 2019

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Extremism: A threat to Everyone

The Sri Lanka attacks are a sad reminder to each of us that the world is no more a safe place to live in and it is never free from terrorism. The latest bombing of churches and hotels in the small country is an instance of the existence of this problem. So far, over two hundred persons lost their lives including some foreign nationals. It is believed that the attacks were very well planned as it happened during Easter service, one of Christians’ biggest religious events.

Though seven people have been arrested yet so far, no one has claimed responsibility for the bloody act that has left Sri Lanka in extreme shock and grieve. Through it may not be totally unjustified to assume that the aim of the attackers was to cause destruction, damage and casualties but targeting of churches during worship hours on such a holy day is an evidence of the existence of hatred towards the Christian community.

The country had suffered a great deal in the 1980s and 90s when Tamil rebels and LTTE carried out attacks in mosques and Buddhists monks and nuns were gunned down. The country has enjoyed peaceful coexistence of people practicing different religions like Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims etc for almost a decade when the attack on Easter Sunday brought back all the bad memories. Sri Lanka declared an end to violence in May 2009 attracting huge investors and foreign tourists. It is understandable when a group of people attack each other for some burning issues or for revenge however, attacking innocent group of people who are praying is unacceptable and cannot be justified.

Whatever it may be the motives, the message is clear that the world is not free of terrorists and place is safe to live in even though the world may continue to deliver messages that everything is under control. The suicide bombers and the persons who initiated the killings might have killed many persons and their mission might have been a success because they managed to kill more than 200 persons in the churches and hotels. However, it is very overwhelming to see people from all walks of life, all religions and all sections of people uniting together and lending a helping hand to the victims. It is seen that there might be terror but there are also peace loving people who are always ready to help.

As the world stands united behind the small country, painful question on whether the world will ever be free from terror sticks in everyone’s mind. Millions of innocent minds wonder if extremism be allowed to flourish again as many are still traumatized by the recent events.