Bombings and Terrorists-A A +A
As I See It
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
THE explosions in Davao have alerted the Philippine National Police in our province. What happened in Duterte Country could happen anywhere in the Philippines. It is not over reaction but I saw recently some policemen roving in the malls. They are just responding to what V.I. Lenin said, “The purpose of terror is to terrorize.”
I do not say that there are terrorists in our area. The Americans believed that there were no terrorists in America until the 1,200 pound explosive cargo in the underground garage beneath the World Trade Center Complex caused a domino-like disaster in 1993. The Americans started to ask question, “Is America under siege?”
Terrorism is goal directed violence. The terrorists employ this as a psychological weapon. You cannot see terrorism but it creates a general climate of fear so that a specific political, social or ideological goal can be achieved.
No commercial center is safe from terrorism. The car bomb is perhaps the most influential weapon in the modern terrorists’ arsenal. Inside the car, they can just hide explosives like C-4 (the one used by James Bond in Korea in “Die Another Day”) or Semitex. The bomb can be rigged to explode by a timer device or by remote control.
Historians say that terrorism was part of the time in the past; today it is more widespread and innovative as a weapon than at any other time.
Terrorism is a shortcut to shake public confidence in their government. It is now happening in many countries to leaders who fail to display consistency in their leadership. Basic terrorism is cheap. A few sticks of dynamite are enough to initiate fear and they can accomplish results which could not be done by scientific tacticians in modern conventional war.
In the law enforcement parlance, these blood-hungry terrorists consider themselves as “freedom fighters” or are simply tagged as ‘tango’ or ‘crow’. Usually they are in their late-teens to late-20s. They should be young because their hide-and-seek activities require vigor, daring, and I-don’t-care attitude.
One does not need to study terrorism in Libya, Syria or Iran. Much of the information could be found on the Internet. With a telephone and a credit card, a would-be terrorist can acquire detailed manuals on improvised explosive devices, sniping, hand-to-hand combat, and silent killing methods.
Terrorists are agents of change. They use violence and fear to achieve an objective. It is that goal that drives them to threaten, frighten, kill and destroy. Terrorists don’t make hasty or arbitrary decisions. They don’t want to fail. Their serious profiling of their targets may include casing the site, obtaining blueprints, taking photographs, and monitoring security. They may even seek employment in their target company to know the inside operations.
We should learn from the World Trade Center and Murrah Federal Building bombings. These sites were lightly defended. If the terrorists would want to rattle the government, they would blow up tunnels, bridges, landmarks, and buildings that are not heavily guarded. Terrorists do not have human compassion. They are willing to die with innocent bystanders to accomplish their mission. “If you are not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” That is the mind of a terrorist.
The terrorists in your area could be a domestic breed of anarchists. They are the ones disgruntled with society, and have bonded together to commiserate and take actions. They could be your officemates or next door neighbors by day and covert commandos by night. They could be the executives, the employees, the farmers, the men in polo barong or the top notch fashion models. You can never tell. Their movement is extremism.
If we have to fight terrorism, we have to think like the terrorists. Our government, especially the military establishment, should form a critical incident response group to follow the trails of the terrorists. In Germany, they have this Grenzchutzgruppe-9, the elite counterterrorist unit. In Bacolod and Negros we can always concoct our Grumaineghanmagter (Grupo sang Maisog nga Negrosanon nga Handa Magbato sa mga Terorista). Is it possible? Remember, terrorists donÆt operate by any rules.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 24, 2013.