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After thoughts, but no prayers…

Killers/Terrorists have a religion and an ideology. They always have. Right throughout the history of mankind. As it is obvious now, the religion of the killers involved in the latest attacks on innocent civilians in both Beirut and Paris in the last couple of days is Islam. And let’s be clear. There is absolutely no ambiguity in that.

But can muslims defeat the ISIS threat by disowning it?
No. I don’t think so.

Also, looking at it as a civilizational conflict could just mean, we are actually laying a road that would lead us into a path of long lasting and perpetual wars.

And all good, regular muslims have nothing to apologize for. They don’t need to be pushed into a corner to defend their beliefs, as they aren’t the culprits here. Not at all. But please, please let them not deny that they have a problem within. That extremist Islam is like cancer. They need to acknowledge it. Early detection is better than any alternatives. Else, they and the rest of the world will literally run out of cure.

Why are the Islamist extremists so annoyed with the western world, especially with Europe right now? Is it something to do with how many European countries handled the muslim refugee situation unlike what they were expecting?

For the most part, Europeans were fairly open to immigrants from these terrorism torn muslim countries. Some even went as far as embracing the immigrants with genuine warmth. May be that shattered the worldview of many Islamist extremists and may be this actually incensed them? After all, the caliphate extremist worldview is that we are different, we hate each other and that we are eternal enemies.

An ideal response to these extremists is to show them that we aren’t different at all and we certainly don’t hate each other. And more importantly, show them we can be eternal friends.

Easier said than done huh? Because when we look at the smaller picture – like how we, within our own country, can’t tolerate one another for things that are really, really trivial in comparison to the religious extremism that is pushing humanity to the brink today….Yes, it certainly isn’t easy. Almost impossible.

And this sadly makes me very less hopeful of our ability to tackle the gravity of religious terrorism and all things bad with religions in general.

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Sigh for Paris

I opened this blank page about 90 minutes ago. With a hope that I would be able to outpour my feelings, raw and quick, as I followed the dastardly acts in Paris as they unfolded.  I switched between TV news channels showing  live footage and my twitter timeline, where people were pouring in their emotions, opinions, and breaking news & what not. I have to say, I am shell shocked. Still. That’s understating it.  I am at complete loss of words. Still.

What’s going on in Paris is beyond my comprehension. Enough to stir my anger and sadness.
I am truly sad and exhausted. I now realize it is actually easy to be optimistic about the future because we all have been trained to do that. I can switch my optimism mood in a flash. May be because I am an eternal optimist.

But not now. Not today. I feel there is no rational solution that could bring an end to this in the near future. I know the ideal solution. But no pragmatic and rational solution. None at all.

If we look at the history of the world and our society in the post world war II era and not bother to extrapolate things based on cause & effect conclusions drawn  from historic events that happened before this era,  it is clear we lost control of this problem about 3 decades ago. The beginning of the cold war was indirectly the beginning of what we are witnessing now. And it is just getting worse every decade.

I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. Not too far from the 11th district. Sigh!

To think that innocent citizens who were enjoying their Friday evening at restaurants, football game and a music concert would never go back home for no fault of theirs makes my stomach churn. And to imagine what their families and friends must have to endure when they receive the news…Damn.

I sigh for Paris.