Saturday, November 21, 2015
How Can The World Solve ISIS and World Terrorism?
The Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is an organization that is breeding fear, maiming people and killing the rest in the Middle East and just crossed over to France. They are known for their atrocious and heartless tactics of killing innocent women and children. The world is alarmed, and together countries are trying to knit a formula that will solve the devilish equation. It is on that line that I am proposing steps on how to solve the problem of ISIS in particular and terrorism as a whole. That will include Boko Haram of Nigeria. There are four steps that the world must take. Islam must make a keen introspection and go on a homiletic onslaught to wash out the brains of Muslims that killing people is an act remunerated by Allah, the US and other western governments must cease from exporting terrorism, Racism must be banished, and people must love their neighbors as themselves.
If you look at current events, you will realize that everywhere where there is a skirmish: Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Maghreb, Kenya, China and of course the Middle East you will see the Muslims or Islamic fundamentalists are the ones fighting. Islam cannot be absolved from the problem because it is her diehards or adherents who are maiming, killing people and exploding places. Therefore, the Islamic clerics (including Louis Farrakhan) must take a hard introspection to make sure that their followers separate that behavior from what they claim Islam teaches, except if Islam teaches just what we are seeing because a cup cannot give what it does not have. Muslims the world over must go to their mosques and preach in no flattery terms against jihadists and jihads, yet that would be difficult since jihad is part and parcel of the religion. It would be like taking a man’s soul and leaving his body. If they cannot take out the soul, they should at least proselytized it to good works.
The second point is that the United States and other western governments must refrain or curb their appetite for exporting terrorism. The US formed and trained Osama Bin Laden and his men to fight the Soviet Union, the US trained and formed Saddam Hussein to fight Iran, and the US supported Gadhafi in the Middle East. The “British newspaper the Independent in 1993 exemplifies the West’s twisted hypocrisy. Titled ‘Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace,’” and it is written “President Ronald Reagan famously met with the mujahedin in the Oval Office in 1983.” He said “To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom.” Israel had formed and trained Hamas to fight the PLO of Yasser Arafat. You might ask me what is the connection with ISIS.The Europeans did not like Assad, so they encouraged their citizens to go to Syria and fight. Those who bombed France were returnees from Syria. After Senator McCain’S trip to Syria in May 2013, the US government decided to arm the Syrian faction of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad who was the leader of ISIS. At 11:58 AM of 28 May 2013, Senator John McCain tweeted this, “Important visit with brave fighters in #Syria who are risking their lives for freedom and need our help.” It was retweeted 320 times and liked by 104 people. Look at the picture well and you will see him with the leader of ISIS. You see, he who forms monsters should wait for his turn; after it has killed all your enemies, it will turn back to you. It is normal for ISIS to seek American and western lives since it is the character of all monsters to go after their makers.
In America, Islam is the fasted growing religion, and its adherents are mostly black Americans. With the current influx of Muslims as refugees, the demographics will change and ultimately paint a different picture. However, black Americans were quick to buy into Islam as a mean of liberation seeing that the white majority who propagated and still propagate racism are mostly conservatives and Christians. Racism, albeit at variance with Christian ethos is somehow embraced by the Christian right. As such, the blacks and other minorities will embrace Islam as a mean of fighting their oppressors. The more we have racism, the more Islam gains its foothold in the US because it becomes like Epie for Silas Manner to drown his sorrow of being forced to be an outcast in a community he helped built and loved. You see, if the blacks cannot sleep for what the whites are doing to them, the whites will not sleep for fear of what the blacks will do unto them.
Finally, the world must practice Jesus’s axiom, “love your neighbors as yourself.” Poverty may not be the cause of terrorism as people turn to believe; otherwise, Latin America and Asia where poverty surpasses those areas in the Middle East where there are skirmishes they would have been experiencing terrorism. If poverty was te cause of terrorism, most of Africa, Asia and Latin America or even Iceland and Australian Aborigines would have been all terrorists. Countries like Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Ivory Coast had better economies until the US went and destroyed them. It is the anger and desire to retaliate that is fueling terrorism.
Consequently, the key to solving ISIS lies in Islamic scholars and imams changing the worldview, the US and western governments must curb their appetite for terrorism just for material gain, racism must be abolished, and every human being should love his neighbor as himself or herself.
Until then, ISIS and terrorism could be defeated.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
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