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Terrible trend that must not be ignored

The brutal killing of innocent people in parts of the world where terrorists inflict havoc over the right to worship in absolute freedom, prompted the Pope to deliver one of the most sombre Easter messages ever, appealing to the world to spare no effort in trying to find roads to end relentless bloodletting as Christians are targeted for their beliefs.

Religious and cultural conflicts over the centuries have left a trail of devastation in many parts of the globe, and despite progress with many nations in learning how to share and understand political and cultural differences, there are those still committed to conquer and rule by any means, even if innocent people are made to suffer.

When students are singled out anywhere on this earth and slaughtered for not being a member of this or that faith, the dark shadow of unbridled terrorism is a situation world powers need to address because it creates a threat to freedom worldwide.

Making the challenge massive is the fact that terrorists are able to make use of modern communication technology in spreading their deadly objectives by reaching out to the vulnerable wherever they maybe.

The tragedy in Kenya that saw well over 100 students at Garrisa University killed execution style, was a clear indication that militant terrorist groups are stepping up their campaign to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state against the wishes of most Nigerians who have struggled to build a democracy that would allow freedom to worship and also to choose leaders via the ballot box.

The Nigerian Government, which had a change of leadership recently, is confronted with an enemy that has pledged to leave streets covered with blood, and such threats are taken seriously because suicide bombers often strike without warning, and militants with no fear of being killed have launched deadly attacks on villages leaving a fearful toll.

For most people in this part of the world such carnage seen on television by reporters risking their lives to get the story out, the events seem to be taking place on another planet. However, the grim reality is that terrorism has no borders and few would have expected the Boston Marathon to fall victim to these evil motives. Communication technology to gain support by various terrorist groups continues to present a challenge to leading nations including the United States and Britain.

Three women were arrested last week in the US for allegedly plotting to use explosives to kill innocent people.

This was prevented by antiterrorism police who monitored their cyber space activity for almost two years before taking action.

However, even with their arrest, police are aware that there is always someone somewhere who could be planning an act of terrorism but who is yet to be detected.

It is a part of the ugly climate of violence that has become a part of the world today.

In Britain, two teenagers were taken into custody by police for allegedly plotting an act of terrorism.

One can only wonder whether recent arrests could be just the tip of the terrorism iceberg.

When terrorists attack Christians for their beliefs, the warning flag is up for all free nations who believe in decency and respect for life, to form a united front and use their full resources to counter this vicious tide of cold blooded murder, which has much of the world wondering who will be next.

There are too many war-torn areas in the world with men, women, and children dying every day to focus on here.

However, the murder of students trying to improve their lives in Kenya by terrorists trying to eradicate Christianity in that country, struck a nerve with people around the world. In other words, Christians everywhere are potential targets unless such acts of terrorism can be brought to a halt.

There was one report out of Nigeria which told how a father while communicating with his son at that university via cell phone, actually heard the shots fired that silenced his son forever. Surely an incomprehensible experience.

This awful trend that at the moment seems unstoppable must be met with collective world power in the interest of preserving whatever peace and harmony is left on this earth.

Lives have been affected around the world by terrorism and the heavy toll from that dreadful 9/11 attack in America when Bermudian lives were lost, is a reminder that terrorism threats today cannot be ignored.

It would be a disservice to future generations to allow that to happen.

A world gripped by terror: Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a market and bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria last year. More than 100 were killed and dozens badly hurt. The deaths and damage caused by terrorism is now evident in every continent

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Published April 23, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated April 23, 2015 at 12:15 am)

Terrible trend that must not be ignored

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