Horses Of God: The Other Side Of Terrorism

In our retinas and above all, in our hearts, resides the sadness and anguish suffered in recent days due to the terrorist attack in Barcelona. There are many of us who cannot understand how there are people who can commit such atrocities against others.

Immediately hatred, the thirst for revenge and resentment arises. We judge the terrorists, we wish them to rot in hell and we think they are more than psychopaths, real murderers full of malevolence towards the West.

The reality is very different. No one is born wishing to annihilate another people, no one feels hatred just like that. Man is good by nature or at least has the possibility of being so. When he is born, he is just a child whose mission is to play and be happy, but over the years and as a result of the world we have created, he learns, in a defective way, certain ways of thinking and behaving. It is then that he becomes a monster, although in reality he is just another victim.

If we do not understand where terrorism comes from, we can hardly end it. It is not the terrorists who deserve our understanding, but it is the problem that requires, for its solution, our intelligence.

The horses of God

In these times, a novel comes to mind that is essential at this time. Its title is The horses of God , by the Moroccan author Mahi Binebine. This is the way of calling those boys who immolate themselves wherever the magnet tells them to do it and refers to the way in which as faithful, they will arrive in paradise and surround themselves with beautiful houris, at a gallop, as horses do. .

Binebine’s novel is chillingly real. It tells the harsh reality of some kids who live in a marginal neighborhood in Morocco, who were born in the bosom of unstructured families, who are aware that they will never have the future to which they aspire, but that the only thing that awaits them, like his grandfather and father, it is misery and disgrace.

They dream of becoming soccer stars and practice daily in the neighborhood to achieve it. Many could get it because they have skills. For football and more. But they will never achieve that dream, they know this will not happen to them. because to get it, the first thing you need is an opportunity.

What does the reader think happens to the self-esteem of these hopeless kids? Obviously, it is destroyed, with no reason to stand. They are aware that the best they can hope for is to sell oranges every day on the street and to pray that the profit is enough for them to eat.

It is at that moment when hope arrives, light, that person who promises, finally, a meaning to your life. The magnet, in a pleasant and warm way, puts within their reach or at least makes them see that the opportunity to get out of poverty is within their reach. Not only does it promise them hopes they dreamed of through beautiful words that would increase anyone’s self-esteem, but it also guarantees them paradise itself, with all that it contains. It persuades them that they can be useful and do something great, that the ends far justify the means.

And this is where the tremendous paradox arises: to give meaning to my existence, I must end it and thus achieve hope.

A matter of little intelligence? No, far from it. They are surely smart kids who if they had been given an education, they would have gone far. The problem is that training and culture are conspicuous by their absence and their needs have long been a zero to the left for those who hold power.

When the human being feels so hopeless, he is capable of clinging to anything, no matter how far away from that desperate situation he could condemn the same way out that he now chooses. The magnet is able to seduce these boys until they end their lives and spread terror.

Where is the solution?

Based on what we have commented, it seems clear that the solution to these barbarities that are committed both in the East and in the West is to promote the integration of these children, invest time, effort and money in their education, so that they do not have to taste so much hopelessness and become easy prey for magnets.

The long-term solution is not to strengthen security in certain areas and ignore the bottom line: the more we invest in security, the more they will be. It will be easier for the radicals to persuade them that we are in a war in which they have no other escape but to fight, that the only exercise of courage they can do is to end their lives to end their “enemies”.

You have to act at the root, on the cause, on the lack of opportunities and in this way, it will be much more complicated for this sectarian uptake to take place. Let’s give and facilitate culture, let’s open a window of opportunity instead of closing the blind to cover the little light that enters. Thus, they will be the ones who will say no.

If you feel satisfied and happy with your life, it would not make sense to wait for someone to come to give you security and certainty, since you do not need them.

How many times has it not happened to us, on a smaller scale, that we have felt so despondent that we have let ourselves be carried away by emotions and have made the worst decisions we could make? If we were all able to put ourselves in the shoes of these guys whom we proudly judge, we would be closer to finding the solution to what is happening