Terrorism in Istanbul and Necessity of International Action

Friday, July 1, 2016

Abdolreza Ghofrani
Senior International Expert

Last Tuesday, June 28th 2016, there was again a savage action committed by international terrorism that did take the lives of tens of innocent people, leaving hundreds of people severely wounded and thousands grieved. This time around, this notorious crime committed in Turkey creating horror and concern not only in this Muslim country but every country of the region. This mass genocide proved once more that the terrorism is "blind" making no difference for it that the innocent victims are either friends or foes. Over the past year we have witnessed that no country has been and is invulnerable to this nasty phenomenon. So unless a collective and inclusive action, or an international nudge, be taken to combat and uproot this deadly horror events, the world cannot but expect more heartbreaking events like these and eventually innocent victims.

Though the brutal ISIS group up to now, the time of writing this note, has not claimed the responsibility of Tuesday inhuman mass murder in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, it cannot be assured that this merciless action has not taken by it. So undoubtedly combating and uprooting this group must be given top priority by all governments of the region as well as the concerned international organizations. Admittedly in this region the governments have their own high responsibility to work out an efficient strategy for this. Because with no exception all these governments, even those who have a part in creation and helping this group have been exposed to its threats and dangers. So the cooperation of the countries of this area of the world, that are now more vulnerable, to fight and take preemptive actions to deal with this criminal group is not only inevitable but pretty critical and pressing. Having this in mind it is seriously recommendable that the governments of this region design strategies and plans to serve that goal and certainly any delay in this is inexcusable. It is obvious that these governments are responsible before their people; and they are supposed to take quick actions for preventing much more catastrophes and do not let this vicious episode gain much more deadly dimensions.

To combat and demolish this dangerous group (or groups) overtime, working out an international system and strategy sounds quite serious and inevitable. In some detailed notes in international mass media several months ago, this author had reiterated and called for this strategy. Because as already mentioned, any country no longer can and should assume itself immune to this danger.

At the time in those notes it had been proposed that a system and preemptive plan must be worked out in the context of the United Nations. It goes without saying, that this strategy need to be inclusive and not be limited to adoption of just a few politically motivated resolutions by Security Council or other concerned UN agencies condemning, some countries unreasonably with no concrete documents.

Last but not the least the arms sale and delivery to these terrorists must be strictly stopped and forbidden; it is regrettable that reportedly the arms and ammunitions deliveries to these terrorist groups are no longer just smuggling in covert ways but are done overtly.

More deplorable is that again reportedly there are some countries, being far from this region, sell arms to the terrorists apparently without knowing the end users.

Now these deadly transactions are no less important than drug smuggled dealings. It is a pity that no serious international actions so far taken to fight and undermine the arms and drugs nasty and deadly networks.

Finally, no delay is now permissible, because at present the terrorism has not only endangered the peace and security of this region but given gaining international dimension, has threatened the global peace. So combating and destroying this danger is an international mission.

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