London New York Paris Munich everybody’s talkin’ bout militant Islamic terrorism.
I’ll weigh in, but only because I’ve read some pretty scary shit about ISIS and what they really are, what they really believe, what they really want, who they hate, what their goal is, and oh my fucking… wait… let’s leave god out of this.
Imagine if there were a sect of Christians (or Jews) who took some of the more crazy, violent portions of the Old Testament (like the entire fucking book of Leviticus, for example) and decided that they were the only true faithful, and that anyone in violation of those archaic (and frankly, often barbaric) beliefs, should be punished — and by punished, I mean crucified, dismembered, poisoned, etc…
You’ve heard the word INFIDEL thrown around a lot, I’m sure, but it’s not just Western Chris… wait, let’s just say “Non-Muslims”, because frankly, we don’t have a concept of Christian nation the same way that ISIS has the concept of a Islamic state. We’ve got freedom of and freedom FROM religion. And yes, in the eyes of ISIS, that makes us INFIDELS.
But do you know who should REALLY be afraid? Other Muslims. Muslims who hold that Islam is a religion of peace, and who condemn the acts of violence.
(It’s a lot more complicated than that, and if you’re really interested, I suggest doing some actual reading on the subject rather than just succumbing to knee-jerk hatred.)
So all those Syrian refugees — they’re fleeing from the same thing you’re afraid of. Only they’re living it.
I’ve seen a lot of argument and reaction — I’ll be honest, I’ve felt it myself: HOW CAN YOU TELL A GOOD MUSLIM FROM A BAD MUSLIM?
It’s not like they wear t-shirts.
So what’s the solution?
OH, I know! The USofA should bomb the ever-loving shit out of them! Yes, there’ll be collateral damage, but better them than us, right?
Yeah. Fuck, I’ve thought that, too.
But did you know that’s exactly what they want? ISIS believes that they are part of a plan to bring about the end of the world, and they would love nothing more than to goad the US into attacking them so that they could be martyrs and say to the rest of the world “SEE? The US wants to wipe out Muslims!”
So what is the solution?
I don’t know.
I honestly don’t.
I do know that it’s frightening, and I’m thankful that I have not be directly affected by it… YET.
I say yet, because if ISIS keeps going — and they’re not going to stop — I see a day when this all spills over to North America, and I don’t think it’s that far off.