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.