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Unified efforts, stability vital in fight against terror: Al-Zaid – Need to intensify awareness campaigns’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: Professor at Kuwait University Dr Fayez Al- Zufairi has expressed concern over the prevalent terrorist attacks, adding the trend will yield dangerous repercussions if the ideology is not curbed. He indicated the importance of intensifying awareness campaign among the general public and the youth in particular, considering the segment is targeted by terrorists.

He stressed that youths are easy to mislead if their level of awareness is shallow and so governments should pay attention to education system and promote moderation among students to inculcate in them positive values and morals to help them tell between decadence and morality, irrationality and logic. He observed that alliances could deter terrorism and expedite the destruction of terror groups through joint effort, unified plans, and precise policies.

He said group planning and cooperation have proven ability to deter the forces of evil from attaining personal interests throughout history. He further indicated that social media is a double-edged weapon, which could be useful in the positive or negative manner based on the way it is handled, indicating social media is among the most dangerous tools of spreading terrorist ideology — in the midst of weak surveillance, as it indirectly enables terrorist groups to entrap the youth to embrace their radical and terrorist ideologies.

For her part, Dr Suad Al-Zaid, Human Resources Development Consultant said unifi ed efforts and stability are needed in fighting against terrorism in the Middle East region and entire world. She urged GCC countries to adopt unified policies, stances and decisions that serve the welfare of citizens in the Gulf and entire region to guard the youth against terrorist ideologies.

Meanwhile, political activist Anwaar Al-Qahtani said the plague of terrorism which threatens the contemporary world could be controlled if all countries unify their stances in all fields with seriousness and sincerity, but it seems that some major countries derive benefit from the cancerous expansion of terrorism in the Middle East. GCC countries should understand that they are targeted by some superpowers, and it’s time they unify their stances and decisions to dry up the resources of terrorists and radicals, she noted.

Al-Qahtani affirmed that social media plays a role in spreading terrorism, adding extremist diffuse their poison via social communication networks and countries must invest heavily in networking. She also urged governments to focus on the youth through awareness programs, and ideological and voluntary activities educating them on the truth hidden behind religious curtains.

In his role, Lawyer Osama Al- Sanad stressed the fi ght against terrorism is lopsided, and there’s no tangible outcome so far with respect to countries involved. Lawyer Al-Sanad pointed out that the whole world has agreed to fight terrorism advocated by the ideologies held by groups such ISIL, because terrorism has no universal definition, but success of war depends on the level of sincerity among the participating countries.

In reality, some countries benefit from the existence of terrorist groups like “ISIL”, which raises the question of sincerity in the ongoing fight against the terrorist group. He said terrorism at the end of the road is just like any other idea and should be fought through an ideological perspective, given that an idea does not die by bullet or sending people to jail. Instead, terrorism can be wiped out through ideas better than those propagated by terrorists. He reiterated alliance in fi ghting terrorism, whether or not it’s effective, needs to be reinforced by investing efforts to root out the source, and not the outcome. He further stated that terrorism goes beyond borders, continent and even religion, and it cannot be contained by stipulating laws or intensifying security measures

By Heba Al-Taweel Al-Seyassah Staff

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