The past three months have probably been the worst in regards to terrorism. a whopping 65 people lost their lives in the hands of the Islamic state with more attacks expected to be carried out following statements by the radicals implying that no country is safe, throughout the course of this whole year.
The gruesome attacks in the resort city of Sousse in Tunisia that left 39 people dead has however received much public fury not only because of the brutality the unsuspecting tourists incurred but also because it was initiated by a 23 year old aviation student, ,much like the Garissa attacks perpetrator Abdirahim Abdullahi who is a lawyer by profession. This gives a whole new meaning to terrorism and its recruitment exercises. One would be quick to judge the radicals as ignorant and uncouth thus turning a blind eye to the elite in society but extremists like ISIS and Al Shabaab are way ahead targeting intellectuals from our esteemed universities and recruiting masses on social media. In a video message posted by ISIS to incite propaganda, a recruit pointed out that professionals in any field are liable to join the extremist group thus stipulating that almost everybody in the society is in a position to contribute something leaving disaffected individuals vulnerable to submission.
The 23 year old Seffedine Rezgui who massacred 39 lounging tourists was described by his grief-stricken uncle as a happy child in his early years who loved to play football and breakdancing. The seventy year old Mohammed Rezgui was left astonished when he heard the news of his nephew’s brutality, being that the two had spent the previous night chatting about the young boy’s life and studies.
Over the past years nations have been working on an international coalition against terrorism with strategies such as weakening the groups by cutting off all their financial ties coming into play. This would however be effective if citizens across the globe remain vigilant and by all means prevent the next generation from joining such groups.