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Of Our Agitated Times: Violent Extremism, Attempts at Domination, Retention of Freedoms

Things are definitely not the way they used to be. And by no stretch of the imagination is this a bad thing. History has been brutal, cruel and disadvantaged to many peoples. 

Thus change is good. Change is inevitable. The means utilized by those adversely effected by history to invoke the implementation of  the required necessary changes sought to ameliorate their social, political and economic conditions, become indicative of a time - an era, which could become convoluted, distorted, and subsequently lost because of the mode of the vehicle of change employed by victims of history.

Hence among other things, our agitated times are bear witnessing to an unprecedented rise in violent extremism. The Islamic State(IS) seeks to create a caliphate in the Levant, and in the process, the group has gruesomely executed many people including a number of western hostages. Other terror groups and individuals claiming affiliation with the IS have carried out other violent acts from France to Belgium to Denmark to Libya. 

Meanwhile, the source of much dissent triggering violent extremism, Bashar al Assad, still sits in power in Syria, thus fueling more discontent and violence by groups adversely effected by Assad's rule.

In Africa, Boko Haram continues a violent campaign and kidnappings against non-Muslims.

In Ukraine, Russia's Vladimir Putin's ambitions to empire building, threatens yet another peace to the Ukrainian people. A third ceasefire agreement in the Ukraine crisis has witnessed more deaths and injuries since taking effect on Sunday.

France, Belgium, Canada and other countries have been forced to re-tool their security measures to ensure the continuity of freedoms of their peoples. And as all these things take effect, one premise remains a surety - things are definitely not what they used to be.

With all the transformations taking place, a clear peaceful balance becomes necessary to prevent the spread of the cult of violence. And appropriate means be employed to answer the dissent, the ascent and the ambition of so many people.