Assassination never ends terrorism
The majority of the Islamic movements were established with an Islamic reform vision. Their vision is that practicing the Islamic laws in everyday life is part of their worship to Allah. This made them believe that implementing the Islamic laws in their countries will not be successful until they change the regimes that are supported by the western governments. Consequently, this crossed or angered both the regimes in the Moslem countries as well as the western countries that support these corrupt regimes. They thought the best solution is to get rid of these movements and getting rid of them can be achieved by detaining, killing or assassinating their leaders. This will never be successful for many reasons.
The first reason that makes assassination fails to end such movements is the strong belief of these movements in their ideas and their belief in the reward from Allah for those who sacrifice for their religion. They think that the more they are oppressed the more reward they will get. In addition to that they think that Allah is testing their faith by sending someone to torture them, oppress them and/or to kill them. This belief came from reading of the history of the prophets and their followers especially the history of prophet Mohammad peace be upon him.
The second reason is the sympathy they get from the people in their country and many Muslims all over the world. This support and sympathy is due to the corruption of the regime in the region and due to the lack of freedom and democracy. A lot of people want to change and want to have better life and they are looking for some parties and movements to help them get rid of these dictators in the region. Moreover, most people believe religious people are more sincere and less corrupt than the people in power.
The third reason is that the call for coming back to the teachings of Islam is the only successful voice in the region. This is also due to the fact that Islam always demands purity, sincerity and justice. People are certain that with the practice of Islamic teachings their life will be better and they will gain prosperity, justice and equality. Consequently, Allah almighty will reward them for following his divine fair teachings.
In brief assassination will always increase terrorism. Terrorism will only end by the study of the reasons and the causes that made this phenomenon erupted. By understanding the causes, one can find the right solution. If these movements were strengthened by oppression, therefore more oppression will make them even get stronger and more determined to achieve their goals.
Ameen Al-Hemyari is a Yemeni Prof. at Qatar University