I have decided to try and understand the strategic logic of suicide terrorism- understanding it is one thing, convincing myself to write it in what should be a predominantly hospitality blog is another.
My brain says: ‘it is ur blog mate, you can do as you please’ :). Good reasoning however prevailed and the more acceptable logic behind this write-up is: terrorism has a destabilising effect on tourism and hospitality, that alone is enough reason to explore the subject, no?
Suicide terrorism is on the rise in many parts of the world, but the most common explanations do not help us understand why. Religious fanaticism does not explain why boko haram of Nigeria employs suicide terrorism, a group that adheres to religious dictates (one which is supposed to preach peace and be against murder). Existing psychological explanations have been contradicted by the widening range of socio-economic backgrounds of suicide terrorist. I am sure at one point we attributed ‘poverty’ as the single dominant factor that will influence anyone to be a suicidal terrorist? Its obviously not as the Al Mutalab story showed us (he is the son of a very, very, very wealthy Nigerian ex-banker and investor who tried to blow up a plane headed for the states).
Looking at numerous studies, I have concluded that over the past two decades suicide terrorism, hell terrorism as weapon is on the rise because terrorist have learned that it pays. Suicide terrorist and terrorist in general sought to compel American and French military forces to abandon Lebanon in 1983, Israeli forces to leave Lebanon in 1985, Israeli forces to quit Gaza strip and west bank in 1994 and 1995, the Sri Lankan government to create an independent Tamil state from 1990 on, Turkish government to grant autonomy to the Kurds in the late 1990s, Nigerian Niger Delta Militants fighting for resource control in 2007, 2008, 2009 and more recently Boko Haram fighting to push all elements of westernization out of Nigeria.
In all cases but that of Boko Haram terrorism as a political tool actually helped them make realisable gains. Thus countries prone to all forms of terrorism disguised as religious or whatever for political gains need to pursue policies that teach terrorist that the lessons of the 1980s, 90s and late 2000s no longer holds, policies which in practice may have more to do with improving homeland security than with offensive military action.
Policies that will do more to secure our(Nigerian) very, very porous borders. I once made up a poem:
“WTH is happening in this country,
last week I gave a bribe to the customs guy and he let me sneak in an AK47,
I claimed I needed for hunting.
This week, I tried, I really tried
to sneak a plastic pellet gun through customs over in London- dang I culdnt” Lol! My attempt at poetry rocks 🙂
My point is for Nigeria to truly boost its tourism profile the government need to assure foreigners and Nigerians that the country is relatively safe.
No country is really safe, but what separates us from the developed world is that most people know that if you commit a crime you will most likely be caught and punished. And if you are terrorist (that includes bloody armed robbers and kidnappers) the government should catch you and punish you, not offer you amnesty.
The solution to Nigerian terrorism is to mordernise our police, customs and army. We also need to have an honest federal government who aren’t afraid to name and shame backers of terrorism, shut down accounts belonging to terrorist and their accomplices and ultimately prosecuting them when caught.
JUNGLE JUSTICE ISNT THE SOLUTION 🙂 LONG LIVE NIGERIA, AND NO PLACE ELSE.
BTW I think the government should quit hiring thugs and twats to run their Parking enforcement companies in Nigeria- got me a ticket and I am still peeved with the attitude. DaNG!