SRI LANKA: RECOGNIZING OUR COMMON ENEMY By Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
As the world mourns again, the death of over 200 people in bomb blasts that hit churches and hotels in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, with several others injured, it is important that we recognize our “common enemy”
According to CNN, here’s the full list of blast sites reported so far:
St Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade
St Sebastian’s Church, Negombo
Zion Church, Batticaloa
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
Near Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
A house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda
Earlier, 50 Muslims were killed in New Zealand, Jews were killed in a Synagogue in Pittsburg and now, Christians in Churches in Sri Lanka.
We all have a common enemy, “EVIL” and it is important that we call it what it is. When we begin to humanize terrorists because of their nationality, when our definition of terrorist/terrorism becomes selective, when we recognize crimes by tribe, language, religion, race, colour, then, we would be faced with a greater challenge in addressing contemporary indiscriminate killings.
When the Notre-Dame Cathedral burnt, a video was uploaded on YouTube with chants of Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! in the background in an attempt to Islamize the unfortunate event. No thanks to the far right extremists.
I strongly condemn all acts of terror in Paris, in Baghdad, in Colombo, in Kashmir, in Texas, in Myanmar, in Borno, in Uyghur…All over the world.
We think too much that we analyze over and over but feel too little that we play politics, pursue our interests at the expense of People’s lives.
Let us call evil what it is… Let us love one another… We can make the world a better place but we start only when we can generally and not selectively define crime, evil, terror and terrorism.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
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