Sunday, October 4, 2015

Who is a Lone Wolf  ?

  • A Lone wolf is someone who commits violent acts in support of some group, movement, or ideology, but who does so alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group. 
  • Although the lone wolf prepares and acts alone, he/she may be influenced or motivated by the ideology and beliefs of an external group.
  • The term "lone wolf" is used by US law enforcement agencies and the media to refer to individuals undertaking violent acts of terrorism outside a command structure.

Example ?


Is Lone Wolf a threat to India ?

Remember the Sydney cafe siege , security officers since then in India  here have conceded that such lone-wolf attacks were a "real threat" in India given the radicalization that ISIS and its supporters have been spreading in the real and virtual worlds. 

  • It's no secret that many young Indians recruited by ISIS — which the government claims are a minuscule number — have learnt about the outfit from social media and the Web, though in some cases recruiters may also be indoctrinating them. 
  • Shocking beheading videos have added to the ISIS appeal among minorities.
  • "Such self-indoctrinated youth could indulge in lone-wolf attacks without being part of ISIS

Just as four youths from Mumbai's suburbs went to Iraq without any invitation from ISIS and a techie in Bangalore became a propagandist for the outfit without being asked, there may be some who will pick up a knife, if not a gun, tomorrow

Why India will not suffer much from LONE WOLF ?

  • India has certain strengths that other countries don't have.
  • There are cultural cushions in India (in the form of family and social fabric) which have given Indian Muslims strong resistance against the lure of ISIS. 
  • It is only the fringe elements, in tiny numbers, who are engaging with this kind of terrorism.

Moral of the Story !!

However, cautions that this should be no reason to be complacent.
The glass is neither half full nor half empty. It is both. No need to be complacent. But no need to create hysteria either

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