World against terror
The horrendous carge in Paris has made world leaders pledge solidarity across a broad front in the war against terror. The United States and Russia, at loggerheads over Ukraine and other issues, but involved in separate efforts to hit the ISIS war machine — have expressed strong support for stricken France. At the G-20 summit meet of leaders from the world’s top twenty economies at Antalya in Turkey, US president Barack Obama has vowed to elimite the ISIS jihadist network. Prime Minister rendra Modi forcefully spoke of the urgent need for a united global effort to combat terrorism. With successive ISIS strikes in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and now France, it is clear that its tentacles are spreading rapidly across the Middle East to Europe and beyond. The discovery of a Syrian passport belonging to one of the assailants in the Paris bloodbath has raised suspicions that he may have posed as a refugee to slip through Greece into Europe. The exodus of millions of refugees from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to Europe has already created deep divisions in the European Union with Germany adopting an open door policy and Austria, Hungary and other countries adopting a hardline to Muslim refugees. These divisions are likely to be exacerbated in the coming days in the aftermath of the Paris outrage. While the G-20 summit was origilly set to discuss inclusive economic growth and climate change, its focus shifted to cutting off funding for terror networks and address conditions ‘conducive to terrorism’. Several proposals have been put up for coordited intertiol action against terrorism, ranging from tackling the black market for oil which funds the ISIS to blocking individuals from doting money to such terror organisations. Plans have been discussed to prevent terror organisations from using technology and communications, particularly the Internet, to radicalise, incite and recruit for terrorist acts. It is clear that the ISIS, the most well-funded terrorist organisation ever, cannot be contained now. Even to destroy its command and control structures will require an intertiol coalition to prepare for the long haul. In this renewed war against terror, it will be interesting to see how the US reins in Pakistan, for long one of its client tions. If checkmated westwards, the ISIS can spread out eastwards through Afghanistan and Pakistan to threaten Russia, Chi and India in the long run. The need for New Delhi to play its diplomatic cards well has never been greater.