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On Terrorism- after Beirut and Paris (11/15/2015)

15 November 2015 at 11:42:18 AM

Have been rolling around what happened in Beirut and France this last week. Overall, I have long felt it's not possible to guard against any and all acts of terrorism, no matter what its source, but I think this government has done a good job (excluding former president Bush) of going after threats. The randomness of the deaths in Paris were shocking-you don't expect if you go to a futbol game or out to see a band play, that that will be your last day on earth.

I long thought that attacking Iraq without any provocation and same with Afghanistan was a terrible act. It's one of hte reasons I am not for Hillary Clinton, who voted to invade Iraq. How could anyone not anticipate that destabalizing and killing people in another part of the world would have no repercussions. 

I personally believe the world would be better off not to pay attention to religious nonsense and fairy tales. I don't believe that every single christian or every single muslim is a terrorist. Most people in the world, regardless of the baloney that gets dished up in so-called holy books, don't want to live in fear or worry about being killed or attacked, and also just want to live their lives instead of participating. 

Here's a letter from some Muslim scholars regarding whether Islam condones terrorism

1. It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas, and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.

2. It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.

3. It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.

4. It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.

5. It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.

6. It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.

7. It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.

8. Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.

9. It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.

10. It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.

11. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.

12. The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.

13. It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.

14. It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.

15. It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.

16. It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correct 
procedures that ensure justice and mercy.

17. It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.

18. It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.

19. It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God.

20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.

21. Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.

22. It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.

23. Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.

24. After the death of the Prophet, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.

I've seen some really offensive comments indicating some xenophobes believe that all terrorists are Muslim. Such ignorance. There have been terrorists of all stripes and religions, including christians.It's utterly ridiculous to impugn all people of a particular religion as being terrorists, in the same way it would be ridiculous to impugn all christians for the work of some extremists christians. For example, Ted Cruz and 2 other Republican candidates attended and spoke at a nutty christian pastor in Iowa who said homosexuals should be punished with death. Should all the christians be deported from the US for the extreme positions of some nuts? Should Ted Cruz for associating with him? 

This article from Juan Cole is one of the best I've read. It's insulting to infer that just because someone is a Muslim that that automatically makes that person a terrorist.

Terrorism is a tactic of extremists within each religion, and within secular religions of Marxism or nationalism. No religion, including Islam, preaches indiscriminate violence against innocents.

It takes a peculiar sort of blindness to see Christians of European heritage as “nice” and Muslims and inherently violent, given the twentieth century death toll I mentioned above. Human beings are human beings and the species is too young and too interconnected to have differentiated much from group to group. People resort to violence out of ambition or grievance, and the more powerful they are, the more violence they seem to commit. The good news is that the number of wars is declining over time, and World War II, the biggest charnel house in history, hasn’t been repeated.

President Obama says it is shameful to impose a religious test on refugees.Apparently Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush think that christian refugees should get more help, thus showing their bigotry.

President Barack Obama says it's wrong to equate attacks like those that happened in Paris with Islam. But he says the Muslim community needs to do more to make sure young people are "not infected" with the beliefs of extremists.

Obama says there has not been enough pushback by Muslim leaders against extremism.

He says the United States has to do its part to accept refugees from Iraq and Syria, and that it was "shameful" for political leaders to call for imposing a religious test on refugees.

Global terrorism database  Here's a list of terrorism incidents in 2015. 

I actually don't understand why there is so much attention paid to Paris and not to the Beirut bombing. Thoughtful article from Cosmopolitan "Why the Disproportionate Focus on Paris Over Beirut? Don't Blame Just "The Media""

John Oliver about ISIS - language

What we really want to do, most of us, anyway, is forego the respectable quietude and unleash a tirade of F-bombs against these assholes. John Oliver, with the freedom of HBO, did exactly that at the start of his show last night. It was cathartic. It was necessary. It was the intersection of highbrow and lowbrow discourse—an unfiltered gut feeling from a master of rhetorical argument. We needed it.

Shame on Governor Greg Abbott for refusing to allow Syrian refugees to use resettlement services in Texas. Here's a great article from the FW Star-Telegram about Syrian resettlement. 

‘They have fled ISIS’

Anne Marie Weiss-Armush, president of DFW International, a non-profit organization that works to help immigrant and refugee communities in North Texas, said that shutting out refugees is not a practical way to fight terrorism.

She said Syrians trying to remake lives in the United States are fleeing terrorism, too.

“They have fled ISIS on one side and their own dictator on the other side,” said Weiss-Armush, whose husband is from Syria.

“What is a Syrian father or mother to do? They are trapped between two terrorist groups — their government and ISIS,” she said.

Syrians arriving in North Texas are highly vetted by the government before being allowed to resettle in the United States.

“They are going through the courts,” she said. “Whether they reach the United States through the political asylum method or the State Department — the security check for each family is twice as intense.”

She said that single men from Syria are not accepted.

“They are all families with small children,” Weiss-Armush said.

One family, profiled in September in the Star-Telegram, endured bombings that took his daughter, now 5, and blew off two fingers of his 11-year-old son. They arrived in Tarrant County in March.

“It was a scary decision, but it was either stay and get killed by bombing or try to find shelter for my kids,” said Mohamad, the father.



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