[The above video should give you an idea of what happened in Peru in the decades between 1970 to the beginning of the 1990s]
The word ‘terrorism’ has been a common term in my every day life ever since I remember. Living through the Peruvian civil war which began in the 70s all the way through the 90s, exactly covering the span of time I grew up there. The ‘insurgents’ or the members of the Shinning Path, a communist anti-imperialist movement, labelled as ‘terrorists’ by the international community for decades held a number of country wide attacks in order to attempt a take over of the Peruvian government. All throughout, people living through the war lived on the edge of fear, not knowing where or when there will be a gun shootouts or bombs. The Shinning Path and the MRTA, another anti-government faction held the country hostage, that in combination to the Peruvian government’s inhumane attempts to stop a take over, very much being the behind an even worse wave of genocide largely of innocent people.
Fear to No End
Living in Canada has brought a sign of relief. Escaping an air of uncertainty at the time of war is an opportunity to think about living life, not just worrying about what will happen the next day. The problem today is ‘terrorism’ now has taken an international meaning, of course heightened by the events of 9/11 and major conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria. The Islamic State (ISL) is the world’s boogeyman and they hit countries around the world. This past December 2016, I was reminded directly of war time in my childhood, when the killing dozens of party-goers as they celebrated the end of the year. In Turkey, Christmas is not really celebrated, therefore New Year and New Year’s Eve is instead the biggest and most importance day of celebration and time shared with family and friends. For ISL to attack Istanbul in such time only shows the level of insensitivity which way behind anything comprehensible in current times. And not like any other time of the year is better for an attack, but the simple fact someone or a group of minds choose this time hints at how much intention there was to do so in this manner. We are talking about collective insanity, as if all of these people have managed to recruit people with sociopathic tendencies.
How It Touches
The attack of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey reminded me of my childhood, because my spouse is currently visiting Istanbul, her city of origin. Coincidentally, I have myself visited the nightclub in a previous visit to the city. My only associated to Turkey has been that I am married to a Turkish woman for years, but this is how it touches you when a country has some type of emotional attachment to it. But it also gives you a some closure having been there a couple of times is even enough to absorbed some of the life there, the people, whom are just as people we know, our friends, our family, our co-workers perhaps. Turkish people are friendly, happy and full of life. This is why it is hard to see a country like this be the target of on going attacks, but a group who has shown an extreme level of heartlessness. It is like knowing that someone you love is being victim of physical violence and there is not much you can do, other than just releasing your frustration on blog post or talking to others.
Terrorism In No Time
I do not wish any of you to be touched by terrorism, but seeing how ISL is so out of control, the possibility of it grows. In no time, we can see the end of it too. This I say because I don’t see how long can a world population of 7 billion people allow the type of barbarism happening in the world. The higher likelihood, however is that attacks made by ISL in the future can only potentially increase and expand into more countries. The premise of a faceless monster, spreading like a disease makes the ending of that disease as treatable as diabetes, whereas there is no real cure, just disease management through a lifetime of costly drug treatment and dietary restrictions.
Living in La La Land
No, this is not about the 2016 film staring Ryan Goslin. Living in La La Land is the situation of many countries in the world, of which still have not faced the reality of war, famine, serious economic instability. Perhaps, these places are allowed to be that way because, after all, the world needs consumers to feed the machine. If the world is going to have a chance of escaping the current dilemma that is currently in, it will take a necessary number of people or quorum in order to change our situation. Since it is 2017, the time is now to end the bloodshed, the violence is high, not since World War II has the world seen this level of carnage and inhumanity.