The Kurdish Community has been the victim one of of the latest atrocites
By Nihal Patel
2016 has been a particularly worrying and frightening year for terrorist atrocities. According to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, from January 2016 until July, there have been an astonishing 892 terrorism related deaths in Europe alone. That makes the first seven months of this year the deadliest for over two decades. This figure does include terrorist attacks in Turkey, where 726 of the 892 deaths have occurred. On 20th August 2016, a particularly harrowing incident took place in the Turkish city of Gaziantep at a Kurdish wedding celebration. President Erdogan has claimed that the attack was likely to have been committed by Islamic State militants. Leaders across the world have condemned the attack, including the Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani, as well as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who tweeted his sympathies for Turkey and its Kurdish population. The incident has caused immense distress, and stood out amidst numerous acts of violence because it is claimed that the attack was carried out by a child alleged to be 12-14 years old.
Victims of the Gaziantep attack
It is important to understand what the working definition of terrorism is. In my opinion, terrorism, or an act of terrorism is defined as an act of violence performed by a non-state member, to achieve a political, social, religious or economic goal through fear and coercion. Historically, suicide bombings have been used as a primary weapon by terrorist organizations in order to achieve an agenda. Suicide bombings over the past decade have been carried out by both men and women and fit into the working definition of a terrorist attack, mainly because the perpetrators are regarded as “non-state members”.
What has become apparent during the rise of Islamic State is their complete disregard for democracy, different ethnic groups across Europe and the Middle East and Islam’s historical tolerance for other religions, particularly Christianity and Judaism. Many young men and women across Europe and the Middle East are coerced and brainwashed into giving their lives away, which needs to be combated through education. However, using a child is even more sinister and cowardly than usual, and reinforces the notion that terrorist organizations are willing to do whatever it takes to complete their goals.