The human cost of terrorism

So far this summer, the pace and scope of the killings are dizzying. Bombs have exploded in Bhagdad, Nice, Istanbul, Orlando, Dhaka, Djakana, Lafoole, Tal Abyad, Kot, Mogadishu, Qaa, Al Mukalla, Medina, Lahore, Al Hasakah, Um al Housh, Aleppo, Mosul, Aden, Kabul, Qamishli, Ankara, Iskandariya, Brussels etc. Each explosion or bullet has teared holes in homes and communities causing unbearable pain to the families and friends of the survivors.


In just a couple of months hundreds of lives cut short by heinous acts of terrorism and its important to reveal the humanity lost and that a life is a life, wherever and whenever it is curt short. All these acts of terror have a ripple effect to the immediate surviving relatives: people who have lost parents, spouses, siblings or friends.

Most of the victims, young and old, have left behind parents, whose language of mourning trascends borders and cultures. It is a pain that surely is indescribable. Victims ages range from mid eighties to even unborn babies with must in the prime of their lives.

Among the victims, there were Jews, Christians, Atheists and even Hindus but a large number of them were Muslims. The cowardly attack at the Lahore Park that targeted Christians families killed more Muslims!

American, French, Chinese, Congolese, Lebanese, Syrian, Saudi Arabian, Turkish, Afghans, Egyptians, Israelis, Macedonians, British, Peruvians, Germans, Nigerian, Somalian and other nationalities were among the victims who were also musicians, teachers, students, waitresses, police officers, farmers. home makers, business men and from many other professions.

The result of this madness is hundreds of families torn apart with surviving relatives and friends trying to hold close to the last moments with loved ones, parsing them for deeper meanings.

What emerges is a tapestry of hundreds of anonymous lives interrupted and of which we barely know much about, if it was not for anecdotal shards or bits of memory shared in the press by those left behind, in the details of their dreams and the things left undone.

If ony the perpetrators just stopped to reflect on this and how they would feel if their loved ones were to suffer a similar fate, they might re-consider being the cause of so much suffering. They too have parents, spouses and siblings and should feel some empathy.

Pope Francis has just said: ” The world is at war. Not a war of religion. There is a war of interests. There is a war for money. There is a war for natural resources. There is a war for domination of peoples. This is the war. All religions want peace. Others want war. Do you understand?”

The Dalai Lama often repeats that, “Violence only generates more violence!” and this is definitely true but what is the solution to these terrible attacks that are fast becoming part of our daily lives? I wish I would have the answer but I do not. The only thing I am certain of is that we can’t play into the hand of the terrorists by changing the way we live, by feeling apprehension to those different to us, by posting hate messages on our social media or by alienating ourselves from our fellow human beings with whom we at last have one thing in common and that is our yearning to find happiness.


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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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