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Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, "Fear always springs from ignorance". In today's society, fear and ignorance are becoming more and more common. Countries are starting to focus more on their own advancement and create isolationist policies to protect themselves due to recent terrorist attacks. Is this the best approach to stop terrorism though?
Countries like the US have tried and tested isolationism before, which historically hasn't worked very well. In the 1920s and 30s, it resulted in the Great Depression and also to some degree contributed to the coming of World War II. Isolationism hasn't worked in the past and it won't work now. International engagement is crucial in keeping all countries safe from terrorism.
World leaders have a large influence on today's society. Social media becoming so popular, means it only takes a matter of seconds before we all know what is being said on the other side of the world. World leaders such as Justin Trudeau for example, the Prime Minister of Canada is one world leader we should learn from.
In 2016 Trudeau contributed $100 million to the United Nations High Commission of Refugees in order to aid the resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Canada. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is another world leader we should learn from. Not for what he has done well, but what he hasn't.
In early 2017 Trump barred refugees and citizens from 7 Muslim countries from entering the United States. Pauline Hanson, a senator for the One Nation Party here in Australia is very similar to Trump. Hanson who once said, 'Of course, I will be called a racist' also called for the borders in Australia to stop allowing Muslims to enter the country.
Shutting off the borders to one specific race is not only racist but also illegal under the international human rights law. When such powerful world leaders are so blatantly racist it allows their followers to believe that racism is okay in our society, which leads to everyday Muslims being targeted. Shutting off the borders exclusively to Muslims also leads to a lack of harmony between nations which is the last thing we want right? Shouldn't we all help each other?
ISIS, which once correctly translated stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Ash-Sham are using terrorist attacks to give Islam and Muslims a bad reputation and to evoke fear and hate into western civilisations.
In an interview, the Minister of Religion for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sydney said, 'The Holy Koran describes the value of one human life to be equal to that of the lives of all humanity and that the killing of one innocent soul is akin to killing the whole of mankind'. ISIS is using the Islamic name to justify a reason for terrorising innocent people when it has nothing to do with the Islamic faith.
In 2016 ISIS had taken credit for 1200 lives which when you think about it is a very small percentage of the population. I know that some of you are thinking, it's not okay to justify the number of people who have died at the hands of ISIS but if we wind the clock back a little, 38 million lives were lost in WW1, over 60 million were killed in WW2 and around 2 million civilians in the Vietnam War.
So ISIS' most dangerous weapon isn't actually the terrorist acts they perform but the fear and hatred that they create. So many people around the world are constantly wary that whenever they go out there is a slight possibility that they could be on the receiving end of a random terrorist attack.
ISIS are accomplishing everything they want with very little effort. They want society to fall apart but we cannot let this happen. Countries need to stop focusing on themselves and need to start focusing on the world as one. Everyone has to trust and nations need to communicate more. Only together can we eliminate our common enemy.
The media plays a massive role in letting ISIS create fear in our society and allowing them to give Islam a bad name. Every terrorist attack covered on the news, without fail, has the reporters comment if ISIS has claimed responsibility yet. Letting ISIS claim responsibility gives them the power they need to keep breeding hate and fear around the world.
We need to stop spoon feeding them. Instead of letting ISIS take the blame and responsibility for every attack, media outlets need to inform society what every terrorist attack is. Simply just a terrorist attack performed by a terrorist. This takes all power away from ISIS and disallows blame to be placed on the Islamic faith and all its' followers. Instead, it's placed on the person or persons who actually performed the terrorist attack.
The world now more than ever needs to trust and believe in others and come together to stop fear and ignorance from becoming the most powerful weapons the human race has to offer. We need to stop judging every book by its' cover and start to read those books. Now i will leave you with a quote by Aberjhani to think about, 'Where humanity sowed faith, hope and unity, joy's garden blossomed.'
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