“I’m the Next President!”

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 19 July / Jul 2016. 06:41 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

When he go to Germany, he was but a child, who’d just fled the woes of war in his country, Afghanistan, requesting asylum as a humanitarian case; and his request was approved. The youngster received a treatment he’d not dreamt of before. A German family sponsored him for a while, and he lived among them as one of them, shared their foods and wore their clothes, and left them when he came of legal age. And for a youngling at the age of 17, he had a golden opportunities millions of impoverished youths in his poor country never did, to start off a life of expectations, attaining his dreams of stability and welfare; maybe even go back home and help his own country overcome its own hardships, someday.

The young Afghani left all that behind, and gave into the culture of death, hatred, and extremism, which drove him out of his own country at some point. He took up an axe, got on a train, and unleashed his wrath unto the peaceful passengers.

The young boy’s terroristic module varies gravely from that of the Nice assailant; adults who joined the ranks of ISIS in Syria and embraced their murderous culture in Paris. It varies from that of an edgy, hot-tempered you man’s, who was rapidly radicalised in the Nice attack, for example.

The youngling from Afghanistan has not the expertise in life, and as so early on integrated in the German society. So what pushed him to join the ranks of terrorist, obey its digitally broadcasted instructions, and go kill a group of innocents he’d received nothing but kindness from?

We, residing in the midsts of the fire, may have answers to this question; explanations to this behaviour, looking into historical facts and current realities in our blood drenched east. But it is different for the average German who known very little about our region. Even if they did know something, inquiries close up on them without there being any sufficing answers at hand; why did this young boy come here if he hates us so bad? And why kill innocent people, who have nothing to do with the war in his country?

We will not be able to provide convincing answers to this particular citizen; regardless the abundance of evidence and strong arguments, on why conflict in our countries has created such monsters in a jungle, ruthlessly killing their very own, let alone others whom are different.

One conclusion will pop into the common western mind; barbarity. That we were barbaric and have no sense of advancement and civilisation; that we came to them from broken countries, drowned in ignorance, lacking the ability to adapt to societies ahead of us by hundreds of years. Thus, violence; in ilk of the acts of the Afghan boy.

This is the dialect behind the racist rightist speech in Europe and America, which is candidate to gain even more momentum in light of more terrorist attacks like the Bavaria train attack and the French Nice massacre.

A tone that manifests evidently in the speeches of Donald Trump, the US republican runner of President, who addressed the party the day before yesterday with an explosively hopeful statement: “I’m the next President”.

Like him, many in Europe will arrive in office in their countries, thanks to terrorists.