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Portends danger of growing curse of global terrorism and horrendous crimes of its imperialist sponsors

A string of eight well-coordinated and planned blasts ripped through churches and high-end hotels on 21 April in Sri Lanka capital leaving at least 290 people dead and more than 500 injured. It happened just a month after the barbaric killing of 50 people in two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand on 15 March. While six suicide bombers belonging to the IS (Islamic State), the dreaded Islamic fundamentalist organization, are stated to have executed the Sri Lanka massacre, a man having link with white supremacist groups has been charged for the New Zealand mass murder. Earlier, there were a series of blasts and indiscriminate shootings in various European countries. In 2005, terrorists attacked London transit system at rush hour. The synchronized suicide bombings killed 56 people and injured another 700. Again, a ‘Bucket Bomb’ struck London’s vulnerable underground train in September 2017, inflicting serious injury to 29. It was the fifth terrorist attack in Britain that year. In November 2015, a group of gunmen and suicide bombers hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars in Paris almost simultaneously, killing 130 and leaving hundreds wounded. After suffering a series of terror attacks in the summer of 2016 which took away over 80 lives, Germany remained in fear of further violence. At least 31 people were killed and many grievously injured in terror attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station in Belgium. In India, two major terror attacks took place—both in Mumbai — one in 1993 and the other in 2008, sniffing out many innocent lives. Casualty in the massive blast caused by planted explosives in Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express in 2007 included 68 dead and many more critically injured. Two blasts in the vicinity of a mosque in Malegaon, a town in Maharashtra, in September 2006 and 2008 respectively had a death toll of over 50. Two more explosions in Mecca Masjid (mosque) in Hyderabad in May 2007, another major blast in Ajmer Dargah Sharif in Rajasthan left more than 20 dead.  In December 2014, six armed terrorists sneaked into the Army Public School in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar and gunned down 149 people, including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age. To date, thousands of terrorist attacks have happened in countries such as Afghanistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Syria. Besides such major incidents, there have been a slew of sporadic blasts like the recent one near a religious shrine in Lahore and indiscriminate shootouts by trigger-happy maniacs and even teenager students in various parts of the globe including US and Western imperialist countries, as if mindless killing of innocent citizens are acts of triviality. The sign is ominous and situation extremely grave and worrisome.

Outfits behind such mindless violence and killing spree

When we use the terms ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism’, it should be clearly understood that such are meant to point at those who indulge in mindless violence and heartless killing of innocents to settle score with whomever they consider as opponents or enemies and swagger their might and acumen of undertaking secret operations. Outwardly, the cause of this horrific rise in terror-strikes is attributed to growing religious extremism, racial-communal hatred and the evil of anti-Semitism. Because, the outfits who subscribe to such deformed and spiteful thoughts, proudly boast of having orchestrated most of such incidents of planted violence and organized mass killings. Moreover, it is observed that such acts of secret blasts are now extending to religious installations and shrines indicating involvement of fundamentalist-communal groups, though terrorism or fundamentalist outrages is not limited to any particular religion. It has now become common among all shades of religious-racist fanaticism. Besides, Islamic fundamentalist organizations like Taliban, Al-Qaeda, IS, Al-Shabaab,  Lasker-e Tayyaba, Boko Haram, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan  (TTP), the infamous white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, a few surging neo Nazi groups in Germany and other places, chauvinist outfits like LTTE and Hindu fundamentalist groups affiliated to RSS-led Sangh Parivar like Avinav Bharat are all found involved in planting blasts and targeted killing of innocents including women and children.  So terrorist violence is no exclusive preserve of Islamic fundamentalists, as is commonly made to believe by interested quarters but is tardily applied to similar violence by racist groups, ethnic fanatics, chauvinist wrong-heads as well as Hindutva criminals.Moreover, apart from a few known global terrorist groups, many racist-parochial-chauvinist-secessionist — fundamental-commu-nal outfits as well as extremist groups at local levels in many countries, including India, are also found to be behind a number of blast cases as a means to achieve their ends.

Underlying cause behind such spurt in terrorist acts and outfits

One after another incident of planted violence and brutal bloodshed taking innocent people as soft targets, did spark outrage and mourning around the globe. But it would not be enough to solely grieve and stand in solidarity with those who mourn after each of these tragedies as such vacuous responses to these orchestrated mass killing would not put a rein in such brutality. Because, global terrorism has not been clutched out of thin air but is a product of a definite cause. We need to go into the genesis of this growing terrorist violence based on the anvil of historical facts and rational analysis of those facts with due linkage to the obtaining socio-political context and sequential developments in history. Only then we shall be able to identify the appropriate remedial course.

It does not need much intelligence to understand that man can indulge in such savage acts including detonating himself so easily only when he is stripped of human essence and rational thoughts and instead is encumbered in or indoctrinated with orthodoxy of blind faith and insane preachings. So, we need to first go into the roots of such dehumanization and appalling crisis of values. For that we need to trace a bit of history. As we all know, we are living in a capitalist society euphemized as democracy. When capitalism was a rising force and establishing itself as a new socio-economic-political system by accomplishing bourgeois democratic revolution overthrowing the obsolete absolutist feudal-monarchical regime which was premised on religious blindness and obscurantist thoughts, it brought in its wake a new set of humanist values and moral-ethical structure which negated hitherto existing religious codes, creeds and divine beliefs. Renaissance, which preceded accomplishment of bourgeois democratic revolution as the cultural superstructure of rising capitalism, championed these humanist values and encouraged scientific outlook as against orthodox absolutistism  as new enlightenment to guide and pattern life in a democratized society based on the cherished concepts of ‘equality, fraternity and liberty’ and recognition of freedom of individual, freedom of women and freedom of love. Secular humanism which constituted the most advanced outlook of the sprouting philosophy of bourgeois humanism firmly espoused non-recognition of any supernatural entity with exponents of bourgeois democracy clearly stating that religion would not intervene in socio-political life or state affairs. It would remain confined within the domain of personal belief. Believers and non-believers both would stand equal in the society and coexist happily and in due fraternity.

Such a professed egalitarianism however has been short-lived. Because though capitalism was a progressive force in comparison with outmoded reactionary feudalism and hence propelled social advancement at a given juncture of history, it too was based on exploitation of man by man. As against feudal lords and monarchy, the rising bourgeoisie established ownership over the means of production and hence controlled the economy which operates with the motive of earning profit for the bourgeois owners. So, there has been an inherent inequality in the capitalist system itself. And any student of political economy knows that those who control the economy also controls politics, social life and culture. In the initial phase of capitalism, there was free competition among the capitalists. During this free competition period or the stage of laissez faire economy, some equality or freedom in the bourgeois sense was granted and religious obduracy and other backward thoughts were fought by the capitalist rulers.

But once capitalism following inexorable course of history, stepped into the stage of monopoly, it marked the beginning of decadence of capitalism as a system. Its progressive role began to ebb. So all the democratic values, concepts, principles and practices including fight against religion which the bourgeoisie itself championed during the days of its advent, began to be trampled underfoot. When capitalism entered the stage of imperialism in sequence, it turned moribund, utterly reactionary and a tumbling block before social development. Haunted by the fear-complex of anti-capitalist socialist revolution, which great Karl Marx, based on irrefutable scientific analysis proved to be an inevitability as per law of social development, the ruling bourgeoisie began arraying its entire arsenal to thwart this revolutionary upsurge. The bourgeoisie knew that unless the moral backbone of the people, particularly the working class historically ordained to lead the revolution, is shattered, thinking process of theirs is blunted and human qualities, human essence and finer feelings are made to disappear from socio-political life and a permanent divide precipitated among the toiling masses, it would not be possible to stem the inevitable revolt. So, the bourgeoisie began to bring back religion and allied backward thoughts it itself once fought against, began fanning them up with all possible means and destroying scientific bent of mind to prepare the ground for establishing fascism. 

But then success of Soviet revolution and the dawn of a new era threw a spanner into that bourgeois machination. Soviet socialism was hailed by one and all including the luminaries of that time like Romain Rolland, Einstein, Bernard Shaw, Rabindranath and others as the new civilization mankind was aspiring for. Subsequently, a mighty socialist camp appeared as the desired alternative to oppressive reactionary capitalism-imperialism. When Soviet socialism was in full bloom and the socialist camp existed with all its might and glory, the noble ideology of Marxism-Leninism began to rouse the multitudes of oppressed round the globe against imperialist-capitalist onslaught. International communist movement was picking up momentum and the anti-imperialist national liberation struggles in the colonies were achieving victories after victories. Toiling people round the world were in ferment in their struggle against all kinds of oppression and repression. In the ambience of such sprouting people’s movement, cultivation of higher human values, higher proletarian ethics and morality also elevated the cultural-moral standard among people. This proved to be a deterrent to the imperialist-capitalist design of crippling people from within and plunging them into the dungeon of obscurantism.

However, after renegade counter-revolutionary Khrushchevite clique usurped power in Soviet Union following demise of great Stalin in 1953, the worthy disciple of great Lenin, architect of socialist reconstruction, vigilant defender of socialism and a great leader of the proletariat, the world situation began to take a reverse turn. This counter-revolutionary clique was formed and backed by the defeated but not destroyed bourgeoisie on Russian soil. This reactionary clique began to surreptitiously implement a definite gameplan of achieving counter-revolution and restoring capitalism by reversing the socialist principles and policies and passing on all sorts of counter-revolutionary ideas as Marxism-Leninism creating confusion among the Soviet people. Alongside, the clique released a malicious campaign against great Stalin to undermine his authority and took a slew of measures to erase great Stalin from public memory. Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, Founder General Secretary of the SUCI(C) and one of the foremost Marxist thinkers of the era could instantaneously notice and caution world communist movement and the Soviet people about the dark and black moves of the counter-revolutionary Khrushchevite clique and pointed out that undermining Stalin would “objectively uncrown Lenin himself”. The warning proved prophetic as after installation of the counter-revolutionary clique in power, the spread and fervour of international communist movement as well as anti-imperialist movements began to be on the ebb. Obviously absence of the cultural milieu of surging movements and the concomitant frustration among the struggling masses, now rudderless because of the counter-revolutionary clique being saddled in power, provided a fertile ground for reactionary thoughts to creep in and emasculate people from within. This ascendancy of the counter-revolutionary clique at the helm of Soviet party and Soviet state coupled with the crisis of values gave a new impetus to the imperialist-capitalist in pursuit of their evil strategy of fostering all kinds of revivalist and side by side obscurantist and orthodox thoughts  and side by side bring down all-out attack on the realm of ethics-morality-values and  chalk out newer ploys to extend their influence and control over the entire world. Finally, the mighty international communist movements and anti-imperialist struggles in the colonies and other parts of the world received a immense setback and almost fizzled out. Thus, the beacon which the new civilization provided to the world faded and so also the immense hope it had raised. As a result, the oppressed masses had plunged in despondency.

 Birth of terrorism has been in the stable of imperialism-capitalism

It is at this juncture of history that fostering terrorism, ethnic-communal-racist clashes, launching direct military assault on this or that country under flimsy pretexts, engineering coup d’état to change regimes, precipitating civil war and all such felonious acts started featuring on the agenda of the imperialists- capitalists headed by the US imperialists. In fact, entire Africa and Latin America have been witnesses to the large scale piracy and savagery of the US imperialists and their allies right from the end-1950s. Spreading a false propaganda that Africa has been trapped in a never-ending cycle of ethnic conflict and hence was needed an international intervention to set up democracy there, the US imperialists and their fellow travellers having an eagle’s eye on the rich reserve of natural resources including unending deposits of gold, diamond and other valuable metals, played all tricks to entangle the local population in internecine conflicts by continuously fomenting the ethnic divides and keeping the poor common Africans as far away as possible from enlightenment and modern democratic life lest they should unitedly rise against such untrammelled imperialist loot, plunder and inhuman oppression. Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, northern Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, —the saga of imperialist machinations encompassed all. Anyone daring to oppose US domination or expansionist steps were either dethroned by force or simply assassinated with the help of the notorious CIA-led espionage and sabotage network. Inspired by the surging national liberation struggles in the various African colonies, Patrice Lumumba, renowned leader of the independence movement, first prime minister of liberated Congo and a pivotal figure of anti-imperialist national liberation struggles of Africa was brutally murdered in 1958. While appearing as witness to the crime before the investigating ‘church committee’, former deputy director of CIA admitted that US president asked CIA to kill Lumumba.

Latin America too has been a hunting ground for the US imperialist vultures who have all along been working overtime to transform terrorism as a weapon to elicit subjugation in that part of the world. In Fort Benning Georgia, US rulers have established a school known as Academy of torture or School of the Assassins. Its one-time director Col. Buston admitted that they give training, including military training, so that in Latin America they could create some rulers who would be able to govern in accordance with the US interest and its defence needs. Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno, Panama’s infamous de facto killer president, Hector Gramaze, who conducted the genocide in Guatemala in the 1980s, Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri, Argentine General and President during the last military dictatorship there, were all trained in that school. Father Martin- Baro, one priest of El Salvador who showed courage to point out “international terrorism” of the US imperialists and their allies was brutally assassinated that same November. The death squads of Peru and Honduras were also skilled in the aforesaid Fort-Benning school. Tonton Macoute, secret assassination police chief of Haiti who killed 2.5 lakh of Haitian citizens was groomed by the CIA. There were 180 regime changes in Bolivia at US dictates. These are only a few references which bear testimony of how the US imperialists and their allies were associated with various terrorist activities and sabotages even in the bipolar world. More the counter-revolutionary Khrushchevite clique of the Soviet Union followed anti-socialist politics, more impetus the  US imperialists got to operationalize    their heinous policies of ‘cash and violence’ and ‘exporting democracy at gunpoint’.

Proliferation of global terrorism in unipolar world

But after sad dismantling of Soviet socialism and subsequent collapse of the mighty socialist camp because of revisionist conspiracy aided and abetted by world imperialism-capitalism, the imperialists-capitalists headed by the US imperialists became unbridled in implementation of their sinister class design to oppress and repress people by adopting every kind of foul means. With renewed vigour, they intensified murderous attack on the realm of culture, values, ethics and morality to robotise people. The very move to shatter the moral backbone of the people, particularly the young generation, blunt the thinking process, muffle the voice of rationality and wipe out even the last trace of human qualities, human essence and finer feelings from the socio-political life went full-throttle. Alongside rolling out a sinister plan to paralyze the thinking process and stuff human mind with every kind of rotten thoughts, the imperialist-capitalists also sought to drive a wedge into the unity of the toiling masses by precipitating various divides among them based on religion-caste-race-ethnicity and so forth. They knew that an irrational mind devoid of values and human essence would fall an easy prey to sectarianism, fanaticism, moral depravity and even injected violence. Once such bluntness and blind passion grip the people and they are prone to divisive and warped mindsets, it helps them to keep the inevitable revolt against the exploitative capitalist-imperialist order at bay as far as possible.

So, people are on the receiving end from both the sides. On the one hand, ruthless economic assault of imperialism-capitalism is pushing them to the precipice of utter ruination. Rising penury and misery is also dooming them to either abject helplessness or fatalism or driving them towards aimless desperateness. Alongside, bourgeois individualism, now turned into a privilege in dying capitalism, is eating into the very vitals of life, alienating people from the society, making them indifferent to social problems and nurture a thought of doing anything and everything as per personal likes and dislikes without caring for the consequences both in their own lives as well as on the society. All these have been culminating in self-destruction. Ethical and moral crippling and wanton crisis of values are facilitating the process of such self-destruction. It is on  this planned destruction of human essence and rapidly proliferating crisis of values, that the imperialists-capitalists are working out their stratagem of which spread of global terrorism and terrorist outfits is an indispensable part.

This is the backdrop to the emergence and rapid spread of global terrorism. More rapaciously the imperialist-capitalists, particularly the US imperialists are in pursuit of their expansionist policy and baring their brutish teeth and claws to bully others to submit to their dictates, more one finds formation of one after another notorious inhuman terrorist outfits and gush in their heinous activities around the world. After Africa and Latin America, the prime target of the US imperialists and their allies has been the oil-rich Middle East region. Alongside capturing the oil fields by force, they have also been having a bull’s eye on the countries which are strategically located from geo-political point of view. It started with dislodging of a democratically elected Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan by the US imperialists. Taking advantage of the utterly incorrect policies and flawed stand of the counter-revolutionary Khrushchevite clique, the US imperialists sneaked into Afghanistan and started meddling in its internal affairs with the help of their espionage network in the 1970s. First of all, they vanquished the secular and democratic forces in Afghanistan. Then they began fanning up the already existing fundamentalist thoughts and sought to integrate the militancy of Afghan people with such religious bigotry and obscurantism. In course of this vile effort, the Mujahedeen, an alliance of Islamic fundamentalist groups, was born with overt and covert support of the CIA. Finally, as admitted in the CIA’s own documents, the Pentagon rulers kept on instigating the mutually warring rebellious warlords as well as the different factions of the Mujahedeen by liberally providing them with arms, money, satellite reconnaissance and intelligence data and even arranging for recruitment from among the Afghan refugees and their military training, often with the help of Pakistan. In 1988, Osama bin Laden, a non-Afghan Mujahedeen, founded the Al Qaeda, another conglomerate of rabid Islamic fundamentalists  with not only full knowledge but also backing of the US imperialists and worked on funds from Saudi Arabia and US. Al Qaeda maintained close ties with the CIA right from inception. Afterwards, it started spreading its wings to different parts of the world promoting fanatic Muslim fundamentalism based on utterly reactionary, obscurantist ideas and thoughts and thereby sought to trounce all kinds of progressive thoughts and annihilate any opposition to its views.  While Afghan land was under their control, and global terrorist groups dependent on their aids and support were fully operational, a new vista opened before the US imperialists in extending their stranglehold on the entire Middle East, using strategically important Afghan land as springboard and engaging the fundamentalist groups like the Mujahedeen and Al-Qaeda to stall germination of any progressive thought in the region. Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies like CIA and funded by the Saudis. Though a government supported by the Mujahedeen was installed in Afghanistan in 1980s, recurrence of terrible power struggle among the warlords resulting in sustained armed clashes created severe political chaos and finally disintegration of the country into isolated fiefdoms dominated by local despotic warlords. Amidst such turmoil, the Taliban militia came into existence in the mid-1990s once again with the blessings, patronage and support of the US imperialists as well as of the Pakistani rulers. Finally, the Taliban which matched perfectly with the fundamentalist tunes and oppressive methods of the Al Qaeda captured governmental power in Afghanistan. While on a mission to exacerbate flourishment of terrorism in the Middle East, the US rulers also incited the Shia-Sunni divide prevalent among those professing Islam to pit one section of the Arab people against another and thereby frustrate the growing anti-imperialist movements in the Arab world and douse the emerging spirit of Pan-Arab nationalism.  

IS — the latest on the list of US-sponsored dreaded terrorist outfits

That terrorism is the symptom and US imperialist machinations in the Middle East is the cancer is proved once more in the formation of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq), now renamed as IS (Islamic State). The group began in 2004 as Al Qaeda in Iraq, before rebranding as ISIS two years later. Within no time, it became the most dreaded terrorist outfit for bestial killings, domineering arrogance, rabid fundamentalism, kidnapping, selling and raping women and children and possession of all kinds of sophisticated arms. The IS militants have justified their actions — like the beheadings of journalists and aid workers, gunning down and killing of innocent civilians simply for not subscribing to its extreme take on the Sharia law and enslavement of non-Muslim women and children and sexual intercourse with them, — in god’s name. IS also occupied for long a large territory first in Iraq and then in Syria powered by most modern weapons. It appears as if this hound-like terrorist outfit is itself a state doing whatever it wants. Though outwardly, the Pentagon war-mongers feigned to launch a war against IS and other terrorist organizations, but facts show that they themselves have been silently arming and financing IS.

As is known to all, after occupying Iraq, the US imperialists turned to Syria whose Assad-led government did not give in to their dictates. So alongside planting armed rebel groups in Syria to trigger a civil unrest and describing that government as an “Alawite regime” that rules and oppresses the Sunnis, the US imperialists very shrewdly engaged IS to topple the Assad government. From the time US targeted Syria to secure economic and political gains, evidences started pouring in in abundance to show how the Pentagon rulers and the CIA have been funnelling weapons and money to IS and Al-Qaeda through their ‘friendly’ countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey. A group of Iraqi popular forces shot down an US Army helicopter that was found carrying weapons for the IS. Head of the Iraqi Parliament’s National Security announced that he had documents and photos showing the US Apache helicopters airdropping foodstuff and advanced weaponry, including anti-aircraft weapons for the IS. Reports are cited that MI6 (British Intelligence Agency) had cooperated with the CIA on a “rat line” of arms transfers from Libyan stockpiles to the Syrian rebels (meaning IS) in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime. Like what we have already stated above, US imperialists are using IS to attack their enemies in the Middle East, to serve as a pretext for US military intervention abroad, and to foment at home a manufactured domestic threat so as to justify large scale militarization of economy and the unprecedented expansion of invasive domestic surveillance.

Thus it is clearly proved that global terrorism is a product of imperialism-capitalism and its ferocity and feral activities have received a boost in the unipolar world, that is, a world without the socialist camp which hitherto, notwithstanding all limitations in the post-Stalin post-Mao period, had, in the main, provided the deterrent. The fast disappearance of human values and human essence which, as we have indicated above, the imperialists-capitalists are spot on to arrest them in the blind alley of all kinds of venomous obscurantist-fundamentalist-commu- nal-racist mindsets, is facilitating surge of and spurt in global terrorism. Cunningly, religion is being made synonymous with fundamentalism and bigotry. This fundamentalist frenzy has reached such a height that even persons professing same religion are killing each other. A good number of youth whose life is plagued by economic sufferings, insecurity, uncertain future, haplessness and crisis of values, who are wandering in aimless desperateness and increasingly driven towards drug consumption, sex perversion and such other self-destructive conducts are also developing a criminal psychology. These youth are being trapped by the terrorist groups, intoxicated with communal-fundamentalist-racist spite and then assigned the jobs of planting blasts, violence and undertaking mindless killings. Fanaticism, indifference, indoctrination of fundamentalism and murder psychology have been so deeply inculcated in their mind that killing of innocents or even slaughtering a group of people make no waves in heart, no conscious pricking. Even detonating themselves in the process is considered apt by these youth. This dehumanization process is the mooring of fascism which is the last resort of the imperialists-capitalists to prolong their oppressive rule and is now observed as a general feature in all imperialist-capitalist countries.

How the terror outfits helped operationalizing imperialist machinations

In fine, the US imperialists and their espionage network found in the proliferation of terrorism a convenient tool to achieve their ends. The other imperialist powers also found this strategy conducive to their vile class interest as well. First of all, they could step up their neo-colonial exploitation in different Islamic states of the Middle East. Secondly, they could thwart surge of any progressive people’s movement by arresting the people’s mindset within the blind confines of obscurantism-fundamentalism and creating an ambience of fear of anytime occurrence of terror-acts. Thirdly, by raising the bogey of terror attack, they could arrogate to themselves the licence to bring down brute military assault on any country whose rulers refused to bend before them. Fourthly, they could conveniently pass on the blame of any covert operation of theirs like engineering coup d’état, civil war, ethnic conflict or regime change in any country squarely on the terrorist outfits and then hypocritically feign opposition to such heinous acts, as if those were undertaken by such outfits. Fifthly, with the terrorist organizations opening up a new market for selling arms whose production has gone up immensely following increasing militarization of economy, the industrial-military complex of the ruling US himperialist has found a new conduit for releasing stockpiles of weapons. Finally, the so-called “War on Terror” slogan is in fact a readymade pretext for maintaining a dangerously oversized highly sophisticated US military and justifying so called pre-emptive strikes.  Since George W. Bush, the former US President, declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars. Thus, it is evident that flourishment of the terrorist organizations has been paying both economic and political benefits to the US imperialists and their fellow travellers.

Phenomenal rise in state-terrorism 

While seeking to arrive at the genesis of the problem of surging terrorism and evolve correct way to resolve the same, it is extremely important to take cognizance of a very pertinent aspect— spurt in state- terrorism which is now being resorted to more often than not by the imperialist-capitalist rulers for suppressing voice of dissent. Surfeit of fake encounter killings, secret murders, inexplicable death of inmates inside the jails or in custody— all represent state terrorism. Even organized killing or pogroms abetted by the government also fall in the category of state terrorism. People of India as well as many other capitalist-imperialist countries in the world are witness to such acts propelled by state terrorism. So, terrorism is a product of ruthlessly exploitative and utterly reactionary and inhuman imperialism-capitalism and is on the rampage undeterred in the unipolar world. When viewed from the perspective of people’s cause and interest, rise of dreaded terrorist groups to spread violence and rotten divisive thoughts has been a part of the broader capitalist-imperialist machination to thwart anti-capitalist socialist revolution.

United organized conscious powerful people’s movement alone can provide the bulwark

In this connection, it merits drawing attention to another kind of violence or sabotaging acts which also, when judged in terms of harm those cause, fall in the category of terrorism. Continuous persecution, denial of justice, exclusion or discrimination on the basis of ethnic origin, race or religious belief and violent government crackdowns on legitimate protest agitations of suffering people often trigger retaliation in the form of terrorist violence. Moreover, the failure of many countries to integrate the minorities or immigrants into the mainstream of social life induces a feeling of alienation and marginalization in them. That in turn, creates grievances which often, in absence of proper guidance and democratic channels to express discontent and pursue alternate policies, leads some groups to resort to violent means and terrorism. So, the imperialism-capitalism sponsored terrorism and terror-acts by the confused, misguided and disgruntled people pressed under the grinding wheel of capitalist oppression ought not to be viewed as similar and hence need to be handled differently. Terrorism born in the stable of imperialism-capitalism to keep people divided and make truth ever elusive to them is to be viewed and understood as a handiwork of the arch-enemy of the mankind and hence needs to be fought by releasing counter-current of united organized sustained conscious class and mass struggles of the oppressed people rising above all differences in religion, ethnicity, language, race, etc., under correct revolutionary leadership and based on higher proletarian ethics and culture. When the urgent need of the hour is to launch and step up such united massive struggles of all sections of toiling people against ruling capitalism-imperialism, the common enemy of all, the pointless violence, helpless death and bitter enmity simply cleave apart the unity, only to impede such struggles from crystallizing and growing. Conscious uprising against this capitalist-imperialist conspiracy would be possible only when the people would become conscious of the enlightened thoughts of Marxism-Leninism further enriched and developed by Comrade Shibdas Ghosh, one of the foremost Marxist thinkers of the era. With that more cemented would become their struggling unity, solidarity and fraternity. These movements of the people along right track and conducive to anti-capitalist socialist revolution would provide in the unipolar world the necessary bulwark against any kind of terrorist violence by the imperialism-sponsored fanatic outfits. At the same time, once such people’s movements, including anti-imperialist militant peace movements, surge forth and pick up momentum, a spirit of cooperation and friendship would be fostered among the toiling masses irrespective of caste, creed, religion or ethnicity and generate a sense of oneness would be generated in them. The cultural milieu of this movement will be conducive to eradicate all kinds of warped mindset and divisive mentalities that the ruling class and its servitors are increasingly injecting. Also that section of the oppressed masses who, being dragged into disgust and frustration, has now been nurturing the thought of retaliating against the growing onslaught and unleashing of worst form of state terrorism to suppress them would imbibe the truth—the truth that the route of terror and mindless violence would not bring them any solution. This proper understanding and due political consciousness would also help them to be freed from all misgivings and vulnerability to the misguidance of the communal-fundamentalist-racist-chauvinist-parochial-secessionist groups. So, instead of being cowered by terrorism, let the myriads of oppressed suffering people take up the cudgel against imperialism-capitalism by asserting their struggling unity and conscious action.

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