Domestic terrorism blights our new home 

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As I watched the insurrection at the Capitol Building live in Washington DC on January 6, I struggled to control my emotions. The disturbing images and video footage filled me with dismay and disbelief.

The scenes brought back some old memories, which I had hoped to erase permanently. Not once after I made the United States my new home in 2009 did I imagine I would see what played out on Wednesday night.

While waiting for my resettlement to the United States, I learned that everyone looked up to this nation as a “beacon of hope”; on January 6 I felt we, as a country, witnessed an attack on that vision.  

As I attempted to shield my five-year-old daughter from those terrifying images, I wondered whether the country of her birth is no longer a safe place. This awful incident at the Capitol could be part of a new era where Trump and his allies might continue to play the cards of violence and chaos in order to divide and rule.  

I draw this conclusion because I’ve seen and experienced firsthand how dictators and autocratic regimes rise by spreading misinformation and inciting violence in an attempt to remain in power. 

The regime in Bhutan, where I was born, did everything it could in the 1980s and 1990s to blame others in the same fashion Trump does now. It also deliberately singled-out people who weren’t native-born.

In Nepal, where I stayed as a refugee for close to two decades, I saw how the dictatorial king made an unsuccessful attempt to rule the country forever. In the same country, I also witnessed closely how insurgent Maoists took thousands of innocent lives and caused billions of dollars of damage to infrastructures. Despite those horrendous realities, maoists always claimed they were peaceful.         

Now as a United States citizen building a life and a family here, I feel the same — Trump has dictatorial tendencies, and he is capable of using home-grown terrorists and other extremists to advance his political agenda and attempt to remain in power.

The Capitol incident is nothing less than an act of ‘domestic terrorism’ incited by a serving president and executed by a crowd of his supporters including some who could, by their actions, be well described as ‘domestic terrorists’. 

Those hoisting the confederate flags, and others who were armed and stormed the Capitol Building, clearly had plans to incite violence aimed at overturning the outcome of the election. 

And it seems they felt inspired by Trump’s call to those attending a rally a few hours earlier – at which he spoke – to march on the Capitol Building. He even said he would march with them, which of course he didn’t, rather choosing to watch the situation unfold from the comfort of the White House.

This insurrection not only shook the country, it also left the world watching in disbelief. Some world leaders were quick to point the finger at Trump for inciting such a violence. 

Trump, although he has now reversed his position, initially called these acts a peaceful protest, which is and should be a cause of grave concern; some might have joined the rally to air their political beliefs, but it is clear that others had more sinister aims to terrorize the nation. 

As the stand-off at the Capitol Building continued, president-elect, Joe Biden, took a different view describing events as “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation”.

And Biden went further. “Don’t dare call them protesters,” he said, “they were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”

There was a shift of tone from Trump 24 hours after the march on the Capitol Building when he claimed he was “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem” and promised that his focus would now turn to “ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”

Despite the change in rhetoric, the more Trump lingers in the office, the more damage he could create by promoting his unsubstantiated claims about the election results despite the fact Congress has certified the votes from every state and affirmed Biden’s win. We still have less than two weeks before Biden is sworn in, and that’s a heck lot of time for Trump to cause more damage to our democracy and the country.

But what about the future? As Trump and his allies attempt to rewrite American history with hatred and violence, those of us who consider such concepts as alien have a different and a significant role to play. Our role is to restore the values and principles that are the foundation of this country in order to ensure that the US remains a beacon of hope and a land of opportunities. 

The author is the Executive Editor of this news site. Views expressed here are those of the author. BNS welcomes diversity of opinion. 


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A father, husband, public speaker, and a freelancer, Mr. Mishra returns to this news portal as the Executive Editor after he had served in the same capacity for nearly three years in the recent past. Born in Dagana, Bhutan and raised in the refugee camp in Nepal, Mishra’s entry into journalism began as early as 2002, and he has been volunteering in the area since then.
Mr. Mishra worked as a special correspondent for The Bhutan Reporter (TBR) Monthly for a few years in the early-mid 2000s. Later, he became Editor at the same newspaper, and also served as the Chief Editor of TBR for two years. He is one of the founder members of Bhutan News Service (BNS), where he started serving as Editor (2006-2009), and later Chief Editor (2009-2011).
Mr. Mishra also served as one of the main hosts of the radio program, Saranarthi Sarokar (translates to ‘Refugee Concern’ in English) in one of the local FM stations in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2007 through 2009. As a host of the program, he interviewed dozens of high-profile Nepalese and Bhutanese politicians, academicians, social and community leaders, including foreign diplomats then based in Kathmandu and Jhapa, Nepal.
Aside from his reporting work while in Kathmandu, Mr. Mishra also got involved in other philanthropic work, and helped needy refugees. Mr. Mishra led two donation campaigns through the lobby in Kathmandu among fellow Bhutanese refugees and supported fire victims in the refugee camp in the eastern part of the country. Mr. Mishra also directly assisted dozens of sick patients with various illnesses from the refugee camps in Jhapa to get their appropriate treatment in Kathmandu-based hospitals at a discounted rate and/or free of cost.
Mr. Mishra has appeared in various national, regional and international publications including the Wall Street Journal, Aljazeera America, Explore Parts Unknown, Global Post, Himal Southasian, among dozens of other media outlets with articles aimed at advocating the Bhutanese refugee issue. The New York Times, BBC, Guardian Weekly, among many others have featured Mishra’s work. Mr. Mishra has also written articles extensively reflecting the state of ‘freedom of speech & expression in Bhutan.’
Mr. Mishra is also the author of a handbook called Becoming a Journalist in Exile.
Mr. Mishra is the recipient of two awards—one by the Bhutan Press Union (2006), and the other by the Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (2011) for his contributions in the related field. Founder President of the Bhutan Chapter of the Third World Media Network (2006-2012), Mishra has also represented Bhutan in various regional and national-level trainings and seminars on media freedom while during his stay in Nepal.
Mr. Mishra holds his first Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Purbanchal University in Nepal, and the second Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.