“To direct victims and all those impacted by terrorism, domestic and otherwise, I want to tell you I and we are not just thinking about you. We are educating ourselves. We are becoming engaged voters in elections large and small. We are taking responsibility for the direction our country is going because we know it affects you and we love you. We are working overtime, cutting costs, and banking up to become as helpful as possible for the short and long term. You are in our thoughts every day, yes, but you are also in our actions, and we will never forget.
Peace and greatness to you and yours.”
This was a post I put online a long time ago, there were nazi rallies, international terrorism stories, and other similar news going around. I think about it a lot.
It’s one of the things I have on my walls at home, I review it every morning. Re-reading the statement helps me stay a little more calm about the world.
Counter terrorism is something the military does, obviously – there’s a political and social aspect too though, and that’s important.
For the most part (never say never, but), people don’t just decide to cause other people pain and terror because they wake up and feel like it one day.
Those who can be recruited into a domestic terrorism organization, a gang, a cartel, or an international terrorist organization are usually vulnerable people, people not taken care of by their communities, people who don’t have opportunities to have careers and feed their families by other means, and so on.
Getting the bad guys is obviously the right thing to do; there are no excuses for terrorism, but there are also reasons for it and ways to address it.
Preventing the bad guys from going that direction in the first place is possible through helping build stronger communities. Kids who aren’t taken care of are more easily recruited into gangs and terrorist organizations.
Tight knit communities working productive and reasonably high paying jobs are a lot more difficult for terrorist groups to recruit from, even though some random acts of terror can always happen with seemingly no motivation. Minimizing terrorism is still of course very worth while, and (deep breath, this is a long list…) counterterrorism includes helping people avoid becoming victims of crime in general, helping people find opportunities that enable them to build productive careers, trying to make it clear to people in communities outside our own that we care about them and are trying to make things better for Everyone, strategically trading internationally and between states with intent and care, supporting entrepreneurs in less wealthy cities, states, and countries, highlighting (and globally promoting, as a better form of propaganda) positive work happening within our countries and cities within the same country, shifting funds away from cartels through legalizing certain black markets, shifting our energy dependence inward, having daily conversations about these things, and supporting our individual thorough, life long, ongoing education and the same for our children ———— all of that, and just helping each other, is counter terrorism, and it repeats and grows as we build and share it – it can be infinite.
If we are supporting our communities through taxation (which we should, the private sector and giant corporations can’t be trusted), terrorism will benefit from tax evasion and the minimization of taxes on the rich. Since most of the money is at the top, most of the funding that would potentially be available for community support is at the top, so that’s a big part of where the money has to come from. This has nothing to do with political parties. The richest dominate, and they’ve been doing that with a higher intensity over the years, it needs to move the other direction.
The name “Hiiobi” comes from the feeling of saying Hi to my childhood dog, Obi (“Hiiii obi!”). I want to spread happiness and peace, we all do. If most of the resources needed for doing that are locked up in the upper levels of the economy, it’s natural that (very literally) 99% of people are in favor of empowering communities through taxing the (extremely) rich. Since money fuels political campaigns in the U.S., that 99% support level doesn’t usually change the tax rates even when we vote… And to solve that, we’d need to change election laws to allocate a percentage of a (tax-funded) fund for elections based on votes (if you get 60% of the votes, your campaign gets 60% of the “campaign contributions” the fund holds).
Somehow the campaign finance laws need to change first so that we can address the other issues we would all Like to vote on, but can’t productively vote on in a political system fueled by big money and not votes. At least some of the richest people on the planet themselves will have to be on board, so let’s get to networking and moving forward.
Things make me very angry every day, I’m sure you can relate, it can be really hard. I have to refocus all the time, and redirect energy to small and large examples of counterterrorism and the importance of community involvement in general. If I don’t, I get so mad and stressed throughout the days, it causes major physical health issues. I’m not always good at redirecting that energy, but I’m getting better at it, and if you can or want to help or be involved in any way, let me know – I definitely need the help on some things, and there’s plenty I can help with too – _ – strength in numbers.
You are in our thoughts every day, yes, but you are also in our actions, and we will never forget.
Peace and greatness to you and yours.