Calling a criminal a criminal

Let’s call them what they are: Murderers. Criminals. Thugs. They have no respect for any view but their own. They have no agenda but destruction.

Dorothy Dobbie Issues in the News
Dorothy Dobbie
Issues in the News

In Kenya, Sept.22, 2013, another act of senseless brutality took the lives of 72 innocents as they shopped unsuspectingly in a high-end mall in downtown Nairobi. A group of vicious killers were quick to claim credit as though mass murder were a badge of honour. And the world media stepped right up to the challenge.

Al Shabaab did this, they say, just as they said that Al Quaida did the dirty deed in New York; that the Taliban continues to murder and bully people in Afghanistan. The terrorists, the militants, the extremists . . . these are just some of the many names the media generously apply to the international criminals who are flaunting the rule of law all over the world, but all these labels serve only to dignify and legitimize a criminal, murdering, pack of cowards.

A picture circulating on Twitter which is believed to show the gunmen in the Westgate mall
A picture circulating on Twitter which is believed to show the gunmen in the Westgate mall

I can see their smug smirks of satisfaction in my mind’s eye as they eagerly await for coverage of their grubby attacks on evening television. They pat themselves on the back, claiming that they did this in the name of god. But really, they did it because they have evil, twisted minds that are filled with resentment and hatred.

Let’s call them what they are: Murderers. Criminals. Thugs. They have no respect for any view but their own. They have no agenda but destruction. They callously exploit vulnerable children to carry out the criminal acts they are too cowardly to perform themselves. They beat and abuse women and intimidate them into submission because they can’t stand the thought of male competition.

The above description applies not only Islamists. There are plenty of act-alike, look-alikes just looking to catch a ride on the coattails of this criminal group. They also beat and abuse their women and intimidate them for the same reasons and then spend their resentment in a spray of bullets, perhaps replacing unspent sperm . . . but who cares what motivates them.

These mass murderers are simply on the wrong side of humanity, no matter what they use to excuse their intolerable actions. And they are not to be tolerated. They and their abominable acts are not to be celebrated.

World leaders must unite in agreeing that these thugs: criminals, murderers, will be treated with the contempt they deserve and that they will be dealt with summarily whenever and wherever they show their repulsive faces. Let us relegate them to the dung heap they belong in and try to deal with them quietly and effectively.

We need to stop being “terrorized” by these sniveling cowards – our cringes only empower them. Let us stop catering to them in the news, stop catering to them by harassing our peaceful neighbours with silly searches when all they want to do is enter a government building or board an airplane and get from here to there.

Let’s stop spending endless hours of airtime examining every minute detail of the criminals and their evil deeds and, by so doing, sending them invigorating and self-congratulatory syringe-fuls of the words they need to hear: labels that make them seem bigger and more powerful than they are; photographs of their victims terrified, injured and dying that prove to them that what they do has the world quaking in fear. This only adds fuel to their false and self-satisfied fury. Stop it!

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