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Anti-terrorism: Curing symptoms and eradicating roots

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-16-2015 17:35 BJT

By Liu Liqun, guest researcher of the Group of Twenty Research Center at Beijing Foreign Studies University

The Paris terrorist attacks on Nov. 13 have caused at least 129 deaths and the death toll is likely to rise. Europe, once known as a safe and peaceful land, has been targeted repeatedly in recent years.


Video footage and photos of terrorist attacks have shocked France and the world. Besides showing compassion for innocent victims and condemnation for the killers, we should think about how to eliminate terrorism.

Curing symptoms

It's time to strengthen crisis management and respond quickly to terrorist attacks, minimizing losses. Paris was not ready: Four gangsters controlled a concert hall and hijacked hundreds of hostages and killed dozens of them.

This reflected a slow response time and demonstrated insufficient emergency response capability.

To strengthen national security measures in public. There are few security facilities in most airports, train stations and subways in Europe. European countries should strengthen such security measures.

China has done better to facilitate subways, train stations and other transit locations with security checkpoints.  Strong security measures are imposed on many large gatherings such as concerts, sporting matches and other occasions.

To strengthen border, transport and internal controls. Germany's "Immigration Law" put special emphasis on security issues, such as deporting terrorism suspects, criminals who have disturbed social security and those who have been sentenced in prison.

External control policies include measures to restrict immigration and to strengthen external border controls.

Eradicating the root of terrorism

A better integration policy. Terrorism is rooted in the soil of a fragmented society. Most terrorists come from a marginalized and abandoned population. Countries including France must strengthen its integration policies.

In contemporary Europe, one of the biggest challenges facing multiculturalism is dealing with the relationship between Muslim immigrants and the natives.

Integration measures should include cultural integration and assimilation. Integration courses for migrants should be organized to help them learn the language, law, culture and history of the countries they are migrating to.

They can integrate into everyday life to mainstream society that can promote their sense of national identity. Solving  nationalist tendencies could be a thorny issue. How to curb domestic extremist nationalists and conflicts between migrants and natives should be resolved by national governments.

Proper platform for communication. Communication parties may include Muslim ethnic groups and those who oppose them.

Building communication platforms and negotiation mechanisms could resolve bitter disputes.  It won't be easy, but both sides should communicate with each other.

Islamic experts, or persons who understand the Muslim community within the government or academia, or even persons from the opposition can coordinate such activities. Otherwise, talks might just go one way and end up as nonsense, or even break up.

Accept the rule of law. The approach to rule of law should not give way to short-term interests. While handling cases, a look away attitude should not be adopted when it involves ethnic or religious strife.

The rule of law should be encouraged for bureaucracies to abide by them. Adverse consequences caused by appeasement can be seen everywhere. Combat terrorism must be the common task for all humanity, and can only be accomplished through collaboration of all countries.

Anti-terrorism is also an important topic for the Group of Twenty (G20) summit. Strengthening crisis management to cure symptoms and enhancing communication to promote integration are major aspects. Only by handling these properly could terrorism be eradicated once and for all.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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