How to fight back Extremism

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Jun 27, 2011, 2:39:59 PM6/27/11
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Winning Minds:First, the extremist ideology must be countered
effectively. They take shelter behind Islam, pretending to be only
true Muslims, fighting the infidels and their supporters [who,
according to them fall outside folds of Islam]. Very little is done at
national and tactical levels to effectively counter this false
ideology based upon misinterpretation of holy text. Resultantly
society, even ranks and file in armed forces are divided.The
extremists find sympathisers among intellectuals, politicians, media
and other segments of society. Public support to a terrorist [gorilla]
is important like water to fish for survival. To deprive extremists
from this, there has to be a mass campaign to educate the people,
create awareness about basis teachings of Islam for peace, moderation
and tolerance. While the media experts can evolve the campaign,
immediately while breaking the news of any terrorist act, media [TV]
should display the verses from Qur'an an Hadith rejecting suicide,
killing of innocents, creating anarchy and mischief on land [fasad-
fil-ardh] with Urdu and Pashtu translations. Minimum visual coverage
would discourage glorification and terrorisation of public. [Lessons
from British media against IRA are worth consideration]. More details
at “Don't be Deceived, Know enemies of peace”.
Policies: Government policies should reflect the will of of people,
not against it. First priority should be own national interest not
interest of any other super or regional power. This can only be
achieved through self reliance not dependence upon others. It its our
war then we should conduct it according to our own plan and terms not
on dictation from others. People can not be be-fooled for long time.
The policy should be clear without any contradiction or dichotomies.
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