Not far back, anytime the word “Terrorism” is mentioned, it sparks an image of a Jihadist but recent event has shown that “Terrorism” extend farther the “Jihadist”. Recent events have proved that in fact terrorism has many facets and terrorist have common ideology but different enemies.
The recent mass shooting by 28 year old Brenton Tarrant has opened another chapter in the dark book of “Terrorism”.
Just like any other day in the mosques at Christchurch, New Zealand, the attacker launched his attack during Friday prayers when both mosques were packed and it was live streamed via a camera strapped to the attacker.
Horrific images of bloodshed and people desperately trying to evade the gunman were copied and shared on social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, which struggled to remove the footage.
The 28 year old Australian stormed at Al Noor mosque at 1.40pm, opening fire on about 400 people. He killed 41 people before driving four miles to the Linwood Islamic Centre, where another seven people were shot dead. One of the 48 people injured in the attacks later died in hospital.
Three year old Mucad Ibrahim was the youngest of the 49 victims killed in the mass shooting in Christchurch Mosque, New Zealand. He was at Al Noor mosque with his father and older brother Abdi when the attack happened.
When the gunman stormed the worship center 10 minutes into prayer session spraying bullets on worshippers, little Mucad was said to have run towards the gunman in awe thinking it was the type of video game his elder brothers love to play.
According to the 28 year old Australian who hates immigrants, he posted a 74-page manifesto online before carrying out the attack detailing his white-supremacist worldview and claiming inspiration from Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof to Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.
In the document, Tarrant said he wanted to create “an atmosphere of fear” against Muslims and claimed the Norwegian white supremacist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik had given his “blessing” to the atrocity.
The document calls for the targeting of Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, along with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Describing himself as a “regular white man from a regular family” in the document who “decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people”, Tarrant said he wanted his attack to send a message that “nowhere in the world is safe”.
The accused killer claims his goal was to “show the invaders (who are the Muslims) that our lands will never be their lands.” He chose the mosques because the worshipers were a “large group of invaders, from a culture with higher fertility rates, higher social trust and strong, robust traditions that seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people.”
The manifesto also makes a brief reference to President Donald Trump as, “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
As extreme as this view sounds, this is shared by a large population of white and the population that shares this view keeps growing.
This extreme manifesto was posted online yet the security agencies failed to spot a man who poses as a danger to people who he felt to be different in race and religion from him but they are so quick to fish out a jihadist from a thousand mile.
The man accused for the mass shooting, “Brenton Tarrant”, appeared in court on Saturday and the Judge read out only one murder charge and said more will likely follow, meanwhile 50 families are mourning the loss of their loved ones while dozens more pray for the quick recovery of their loved ones in the hospital. All due to the activity of Brenton Tarrant.
Since 2009, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant perspectives and policies have widely increased, the election of President Donald Trump, the most powerful politician in the world, has pushed this ideology to the forefront and there has been an increase in crime perpetrated by these set of people who call themselves “White Supremacist”.
White supremacy or white supremacism is the racist belief that white people are superior to people of other races and therefore should be dominant over them.
There is also a demographic anxiety shared by the group about the decline in the white populations and rapidly increasing immigrant ones, especially those consisting of Muslims. They do not want other people to come in their territory, in their country, and change their cultures and their religions, their way of living, their way of eating, their way of dressing.”
Though White supremacy is not always violent some of the effect is subtle and dishonest. Many of these white supremacists view black people and other races to be intellectually inferior and more threatening.
Despite the growing and constant threat, Western governments have failed to adequately address the danger of white supremacy even though movement is growing, the media and political elites spend considerable time discussing “Islamic terrorism”.
Back at the White House, Trump was asked if he viewed “White Supremacy” as a “rising threat”. His response was:
“I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s a case. I don’t know enough about it yet. They’re just learning about the person and the people involved. But it’s certainly a terrible thing — terrible thing”.
This response denies the growing threat of White Supremacy and also cast doubt that the attack was racially motivated despite he has aggressively pursued policies favouring white nationalists.
The US and European countries have experienced a rise in the attacks carried out by white supremacists. This make it a global phenomenon. In addition to violence, white supremacists have also rapidly increased their recruitment and visibility.
Trump election campaign, the U.K.’s Brexit campaign and Australian politics are notable examples that points to the steady growth of this group.
Muslims in Australia no longer feel safe in the country and there is a growth in Islamophobia in Europe and also in some Western countries. A wedge has also been driven between the white and other minority groups because of the activities of this supremacy group. People no longer feel safe to practise their choice religion or showcase their culture because they do not know the extremists who is lurking behind.
This is wrong on every level, everyone should feel safe to pray however they want and live wherever they want.
Also whatever we want to name it, white supremacy or not, the mass shooting of New Zealand mosques is a terrorist action.