Its hard for a sane man, and indeed I don’t often call myself a sane man, nevertheless, I’m wondering about these people who murder in the name of religion.
They had a skit on SNL tonight – something like “Should I weigh in on this”. It makes one think. Still I feel the need to note that a little over a week ago a small band of Muslim religious fanatics hit 6 locations in Paris murdering hundreds of people almost exclusively by automatic weapons. Cold. Personal. Random. Murder.
They were inspired by their religion. Many others of their religion say “This is not us”. “Our religion is peace.”
The religion I was raised in calls itself a religion of peace. They went to these middle east countries and murdered muslims in the name of peace. Hundreds of years ago. But people don’t forget the insult.
The muslims call the “west” Crusaders. Its something they say with great disdain. Still, recently we (the west. the British and the Americans) exploited their “backwardness” for our oil that they had under their sand.
I don’t know how many cold blooded murders in the name of Allah the god of peace it takes to change it from a religion of peace to one of war.
Bill Maher says Muslims are having their age of religious wars right now. The one group is making people recite dogma correctly or murdering them.
Their killings are intentional. Brutal. Personal and random as well as directed.
My country has been dropping bombs since the last attack on America. From the sky. Kkilling from a distance. By remote control, and accepting random innocent deaths in the deal.
The arms dealers are profiting like mad.
Sunni Muslims took over planes 14 years ago from our ally in Saudi Arabia and attacked us.
Apparently they have schools over there where they teach children how to murder. Apparently rape, is a tool of war.
I used to debate cultural relativism with an old college roommate. I used to say murder is always wrong. I used to say female genital mutilation is wrong. Now I’m not sure if there is a space between self defense, war, and murder, categorically. Always. I can see nothing but fear, subjugation, and cruelty in female genital mutilation.
I used to say some wars can be righteous.
I wonder if death from the sky for 14 years would have fit under the rubric of justice for me then.
I know these murderers in Paris were Muslim. Were directed by leaders of a faction calling itself the true Islam. They were evil. Is Islam evil?
I know drone death from the sky in the middle east comes from America. Are we evil?
I know its too simple to say they hate our freedom. And I think I know the Saudis are supporting these mass murderers and getting military aide from the U.S. Which seems to say we are paying them to kill us and protecting our enemies. They are our friends? I believe they are playing both sides against the middle.
I know our “enemies” the Shiite Iranians are helping us fight Daesh (also called ISIS, ISIL and the evil ones).
I don’t believe in Good and Evil. However I do believe in right and wrong.
And I believe that many many people in Iran like the US, are educated and middle class and want rapprochement with the US. As do the Syrian refugees, who are fleeing Daesh by the millions from Syria. And these people overran our embassy 35 years ago and kidnapped and tortured our people for 444 days. Of course we were sheltering their brutal dictator that we put into power. They are also fighting against our enemies alongside our enemies (the Russians).
And Republican American politicians are saying keep the Syrian refugees out. But then they say keep everyone out who doesn’t have a computer science degree. These people from our right call Muslims evil. My hero Bill Maher, a leftie calls Islam evil. The religion itself. The teachings. Most Muslims in the world live in peace, yet a small percent applaud the evil of terrorism.
What I don’t know is if we are evil too.
I think war itself is changing. I don’t like Islam, but huge majorities of Muslims are peaceful. Some Americans claim to be followers of the King of Peace, and they want war.
I’m not sure about much. However I know those 130 people murdered in Paris last week were innocent.
This I like: Liberté, égalité, fraternité