When it can't produce any effective outcome for their
so-called, misplaced cause of spreading Jihad other than those localized
aftermaths that only strengthen the resolve to fight back! Because terrorists want their fiefdoms.
It is sad but true that almost of the Muslim world is
ruled by autocrats, despots and monarchs. There are very few democracies like
Malaysia and Indonesia that can be said to have consistent pattern of democracy
in recent times otherwise it is like Pakistan that, though claims to be a
democracy, is ruled by its military.
The so-called regimes and rulers want to keep their
constituencies intact, so as to exercise their power, even if their
constituents (people) want to run away.
That is exactly the mindset of the terror warlords. And
with terror groups like Al Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State going
transnational, the terrorist chieftains of these outfits have started dreaming
about territories controlled by them where they can run amok. Though it cannot
be compared to the rise of the Arab nation states where it was clans and tribes
initially, which even used to fight among themselves and the global oil
politics gave their rule legitimacy, the terror groups, too, are free to envision
a future for them, where, they too, will be treated like the nation states, if
they, too, come to control an asset like oil.
In order to do so, they need territories and they need
people. Controlling territories will give the terror outfits access to resources
and controlling people will give them the much needed sense of being powerful
and ultimately the leverage to get sanction in case geopolitical changes throw
opportunities, like it has happened with many military rulers in the Muslim
world or like it happened with Taliban in Afghanistan. The Islamic State just
tried to do it. Emboldened and going transnational, these terror groups may
well think of snatching regimes from existing monarchs, despots and autocrats.
For that they need to keep the fight within. They need to
push those western countries out of their way. And they need to restrict people
leaving the territories they are eyeing. In the prevailing geopolitical
circumstances, when the US says it will limit its intervention in the global
affairs, draws roadmaps to withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq and refuses to
send troops in Syria, the terror groups see an opportunity. They see prospects
of an independent territory under their control as the Islamic State or Boko
Haram think, without bothering much for global policing, or they go for active
collusion with existing regimes like many Islamic terror groups including Al
Qaeda, Taliban and the Haqqani Faction.
But the more worrying development is their success to limit
the movement of people. The incessant terror attacks in many European countries
and the revival of the anti-terror discourse in the public psyche in the US
with recent attack have effectively blocked the people movement from terror and
civil war ravaged Muslim countries to European countries and the US. The UN
Migration Agency in its report released today said the number of migrants and
refugees trying to enter Europe has drastically come down this year, to almost
one-fourth of what it was in the first six months of 2016. European countries
and the US are clamping down on migrants and refugees, driven by the hostile public
sentiments after spate of terror attacks.