A Terrorist is Without Pity, Whose Only Purpose is to Destroy

A Terrorist is Without Pity, Whose Only Purpose is to Destroy

A Terrorist is Without Pity, Whose Only Purpose is to Destroy

A Terrorist is Without Pity, Whose Only Purpose is to Destroy

The founder of Russian Anarchism, Michael Bakunin and his disciple Nechayev define an “ideal” terrorist in this way:

The whole work of his [a revolutionist’s] existence, not only in words, but also in deeds, is at war with the existing order of society, and with the whole so-called civilized world, with its laws, morals and customs, he is an uncompromising opponent… He knows only one science; the science of destruction.  (Alan Ereira, David Wallace, Crusades: Terry Jones Tells the Dramatic Story of Battle for Holy Land, BBC World Wide Ltd., 1995)

As understood from these words of Bakunin and Nechayev, terrorists are people who sever their relationship with every material and spiritual institution thereby rejecting every moral value, and who view these institutions as impediments to their designs. Bakunin also said, “Day and night dare he [a revolutionist] have only one thought, one aim: the unmerciful destruction; while he, cold-blooded and without rest, follows that aim, he himself must be ready to die at any time and ready to kill with his own hands any one who seeks to thwart his aims.” In his Ground-Work for the Social Revolution, there is this description of what kind of person a terrorist must be:

Stringent with himself he must also be to others. All weak sentiment towards relation, friendship, love and thankfulness must be suppressed through the only cold passion of the revolutionary work. (The Alarm Newspaper Article, “Bakunin’s Ground-Work for the Social Revolution,” 1885 Dec. 26, p. 8)

These words lay bare the dark face of terrorism and show that it is completely opposed to the religion of Islam which is founded on peace, compassion and love.

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