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What has become of liberated Libya? It has turned into a lawless land where no government worth its name is in power. The country stands parcelled out between numerous, uncontrollable militias.

 

The Global War on Terror has failed because of the concept of “good terrorists” and “bad terrorists” followed by almost all the nations to suit their own interests. This selective approach has also been responsible for the proliferation of terror that came to haunt Paris, Beirut and many other parts of the world, writes Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.

 

On Saturday, November 14, Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) claimed responsibility for the attacks on the French capital, indicating that they would be the “first of the storm”.

 

While the strong and rich nations readily condemn terrorist acts when it happens on their soil, they are often hesitant or reluctant to condemn such acts when it takes place in developing countries in Asia and Africa, writes N.S. Venkatraman for South Asia Monitor.

 

In the wake of the Paris attacks and the heightening potency of Islamic State, the incendiary politics of the Middle East that the European powers had tried to stave off for long is now burning their hands, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor.

 

There was an outcry on Facebook the past week about why the infectious social platform was blatantly discriminating between bloodshed in Beirut on Thursday and Paris the day after, both ISIS-orchestrated. 

 
  As Paris tries to get back to its celebrated pace, how Parisians come to grips with uncertainty and anxiety will define the French Republic for a long time to come.
 

Responding to the Paris terror attacks, President Obama has said it is time the Muslim world asked itself some tough questions about how extremist ideologies take root in its midst. That is certainly pertinent, but such questioning should not be confined to the Muslim world alone. Leaders in the West, led by the US, also need to ask themselves some tough questions on what led to the flowering of Islamic State (IS). The firing on Paris streets also represents the backfiring of Western strategy.

 

The series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday killed 129 people, and some of those wounded remain in critical conditions. While terrorist attacks are now a regular phenomenon around the world, it still raises indignation every time another bomb goes off killing more people. Alarmingly, those who get killed are mostly civilians including women and children at times.

 

Fourteen Septembers ago, terror came home to America and soon after, the US declared war on terror. The US and its allies used their military might to go on hot pursuit of the terrorists, flushing them out their hideouts. They went to unfamiliar terrains and hunted down enemies -- both perceived and real. They poured in billions of dollars in the hope of making the world a safer place.

 


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