This page has been a long time coming, but it has been created in response to the 2017 May and June Britain terrorism attacks. This won’t be complete, it will initially be shorter than it will ultimately be.
Terrorism will be one of the greatest problems the 21st century faces. That includes terrorism that its assailants say is legitimized by Islam, colloquially termed as “Radical Islamic Terrorism” in the West. I don’t use that term too much, mainly because I don’t want to accept such terrorists’ interpretation of Islam. I don’t want to associate all Muslims with terrorism. I see how much violence in the Western world and have a hard time seeing how those violent individuals, if they had a unifying cause, would not act in the same manner.
I sincerely believe that in Southwest Asia and North Africa, regions where radical Islamic terrorism is propagated from, is not at its core due to Islam. I consider Islam to be a religion of peace. I’ve studied Islam more than most people, but I do not myself identify as Muslim. I do know, though, that Islam is an Abrahamic religion and believes Jesus Christ is a great prophet; I see no way to consider someone who believes that Jesus is a prophet could in any way rationalize his teachings to permit terrorism.
I want to remind people who associate Islam with violence, as if it is an aberration, that people have used many religions to validate violence. Christianity was used to condone colonialism, chattel slavery, the crusades, the inquisition, and many other immoral acts. Indian Hindus in some areas practice sectarian violence against Muslims. Buddhists in Southeast Asia persecute minority groups. What I’m saying is that violence is a human tendency, and is not specific to any particular human faction.
In the United States, a Christian majority nation since its inception, women were subjugated by upstanding Christian men well into the 1970s. It was once common practice to beat wives or significant others and has only slowly diminished. Humans have been in modern form for 200,000 years and have had civilization for around 10,000 years. Human societies can’t be assumed to change overnight. We must afford various peoples time to change, but that can’t be a reason to accept immorality.
We must rationally work towards change for the better, but we can’t become downtrodden by not seeing the perfect world come into being overnight. We have to realize that change takes time, but we must stay resolute about the change we want. We have to never doubt that people can change and that right will win.
I see most of the terrorism coming from the Muslim world as caused by a plethora of issues. There has been rising heat and continued droughts in the area, both factors that are associated with violence. They see a Western world with wealth unparalleled that has been in continual war with their religious cohort for decades. Moreover they see rhetoric from a not insignificant portion of Western people who blame their religion. The inequality and vitriol both incite animosity.
Most importantly, and to the point of why I wrote this at this time, is that I don’t think our response to terrorism in the West has been effective. That should be obvious by its continued presence, and I don’t think doubling down on methods that haven’t been effective should be the proper course of action.
As already outlined I think our perspective should be shifted, and when I say our perspective, I mean that none of the above would be mentioned if it weren’t in response to what I have seen from people here. I do know that there are many likeminded people compared to me, people who would also not wish to characterize Islam as a religion of violence, but there are many who are the opposite. Many in Donald Trump’s cabinet seem to be in the latter camp.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable though. People are scared, and humans tend to wish to have a scapegoat. It makes simple solutions to complex problems, get rid of the group which is to blame. But demonizing a whole religion, which is perhaps the most dear thing to people’s hearts, is counterproductive and only radicalizes more people.
It is a fact that publicization of suicides can instigate more, therefore I do not think we should so widely document terrorism attacks. All it does is help the terrorists succeed with their goals. Terrorists wish to kill a few in order to incite fear in many, and continual coverage of their attacks only helps them in that endeavor.
Doing so also makes it easier for people to associate negativity towards specific groups. If viewers come to hate Islam because the media chronicles their actions so painstakingly, then when they meet a Muslim they will be predisposed to not even want to get to know the person.
I think it is very important that we do not release the names of the attackers nor show their faces. That glorification only helps them accomplish their goal. Most terrorists are disenfranchised people who see no other way to impact the world, no other way to right perceived injustices. Showing images of them can attract new terrorists, it can help them see a way to be part of something larger than themselves, to amount to something.
That’s what most people want in life, to be important, to fix problems. That is why I am doing this. I hope to offer potential recruits an alternative. The world has many problems, and they can seem insurmountable at times, but there are enough people in this world who want to correct what is wrong that such misfortunes can be remedied.
My goal is to create a better world, but I can’t do it alone. The only way I can do it is with the help of others, and our movement needs all the help it can get. Many people do so without being asked, but many others seem lost. They know no purpose, they have no idea where to start, but the best place is with a proper mindset. Leaders are needed to bring others into the fold.
I am sorry for not citing any sources, as always I will come back to this and try to improve it. Have a good life.