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There was a point in time when the news of a terrorist attack surprised everyone, however today, as rightly highlighted by Mr. Jayaraman, even Europe isn’t immune to extremist violence. I agree with the author’s views on combating terror, primarily the idea of having a two-pronged approach i.e. military containment by affected nations, and the negotiation approach led by a coalition of peace. However, I feel that containment and extermination may not be a viable long-term option. As history has shown us, killing extremists has never bogged down the emergence of future generations of extremists, but rather augmented the supply of young, brain-washed men and women ready to kill and be killed. Almost analogous to the mythological creature hydra. Terrorism appears to be a symptom of a larger problem, the problem that has always led to clashes among the masses i.e. the endless dispute between the haves and the have-nots. This dispute in today’s world, marked by a complex combination of conditions such as the high disparity between the rich and poor, advanced technology combined with globalization has evolved and taken the form of religious extremism. Poverty and a poor quality of life would surely make people more susceptible to giving into extremist ways. More often than not, young boys and girls are either lured or forced into such ways and eventually get brainwashed into becoming zombies that commit extreme acts such as suicide bombings. These individuals, however, are mere foot soldiers and are hence only the final link in the chain of the entire problem. Hence their extermination is like taking a painkiller for a much larger illness i.e. a short-term/temporary fix for the underlying issue. This would not be effective in solving the issue of the viral propagation of the extremist ideology. The expendable gun-wielding terrorists would be merely replaced with new recruits. The long-term solution for terrorism should thus revolve around preventing people from falling trap to the temptation into giving into the temptations to move onto the dark side. Again, this would require joint support from countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. It is only by alleviation from conditions that help propagate extremism that such goals can be achieved. Of course, this would also need to be complemented by engaging extremist militia. Their extermination would allow the constructive process of rehabilitation of people susceptible to falling prey to the extremist masterminds. Thus, a sort of two ended constriction of terrorism by efforts to eliminate both the propagation of extremist ideology and violent militia can help put in motion the process of exterminating extremism itself. In conclusion, to truly cripple the advances of extremism, a multi-dimensional approach would probably be more effective.

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