Terror
04 November, 2010
Terror

Before, the world used to be described as atavistic, primeval, ancient, medieval, civilized, modern, post-modern, developed, underdeveloped, industrialized, globalized, internationalized, polluted, stable, unstable, and in myriad other terms, but today, the most eloquently graphic epithet to depict it would probably be ‘SCARED’.
Yes, this is a scared-to-death world. We are definitely living in the world which is trembling of uncertainty about our safety. We live in a frightened world and are anxiously looking for a chance to somehow get rid

of nervousness and sense of alarm, which has overwhelmed the humanity. There are hundreds of books on the shelves and thousands of articles in the ‘blogalized’ internet realm about terrorism, but I am deliberately refraining from scavenging through them in search of some attention-grabbing thought or a quote because I want to stay away from the panic-stricken theoretical gibberish and keep my balance on the emotional crest of the terror wave, fraught with global fear and tension. Terrorism has become a clear-cut reality; terrorist has appeared to be a life-size protagonist of the show and terror has overwhelmed the globe, the peaceful dwellers of which are seriously worried about being subjected to another dreadful act of violence against their life, liberty and happiness anywhere and any time around the Earth. For how long the vexed mankind could stay so petrified in expectation of a new attack? How much more horror and distress is it capable to endure in the wake of the New York twin nightmare which we are trying to forget as if the effect of it can disappear provided we stop thinking about it. The startled, terrified and apprehensive world is a bad world to be living in. And the more patient we have to be the more neurotic and fretful we grow. There is a trained terrorist sitting somewhere among us who has a plan and device and enough privacy for his or her malicious works to wake the world up to one more masterful act of terror, meant to hurt the defenseless mankind – jumpy, edgy and vulnerable as it seems to be today. What has made the world so terribly endangered and the humans so flagrantly exposed? A quick answer of mine: speedy and unrestricted proliferation of sophisticated technology. A more thoughtful reply to the nettling question: limitless freedom in an unintelligent perpetuation of what we call tolerance and democracy. Let’s go ahead and face another, even more scathing question: what is better, to be ill-at-ease and restless, disconcerted and demoralized, tense and threatened at all times, or feel defended and secure from permanent agitation and fear? Clearly, the latter methinks preferable. How to get there? Do you think Stalin or Hitler could have helped? No, no, no!!! I am not saying to bring the devils back. God forbid the reincarnation of the fearsome duo! I am just saying that something much more drastic and far-reaching might be an option. Just an option! Listen, I will lie if I say that I am not afraid of a big bad wolf. The son of a gun is lurking somewhere out there very ominously. Stop the dreadful bastard! Stop him now! Please!

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