After watching the first minutes of the TED Talk video ‘Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist’ we had a discussion about terrorism. In fact, a very difficult issue because it’s a matter of feelings in witch is very complicated to remain objective and cerebral.
The experience of Manwar Ali is amazing and touching. After being a jihadist and experiencing terror and inhumanity inside the organization he changed his mind and became a peace activist.
Although it was a very hard subject, participants in the speaking corner gave very interesting opinions and some of them wondered if terrorism could be justified under specific situations.
In my opinion, absolutely nothing justifies violence. Moreover, violence never is the solution and it only generates more violence. Recognizing that it is harsh not to respond to violence with more violence, I would like that pacifism would spread out in our society. As Mahatma Gandhi said ‘Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man’.