Responding To The ISIS Threat

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In the wake of today’s terror attacks in Brussels, ISIS have issued a statement saying:

“We promise to the states that are allied against the Islamic State that they will face dark days in return for their aggression against our state. And what will await you will become harder and more bitter through the grace of Allah.”

So, just as a number of nations, including European ones, are engaged in bombing ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq, ISIS make clear that they intend to bomb them in return. Just a few days ago it was Istanbul that was the target of ISIS bombs. More bombs. More terrifying screams. More children left orphaned.

There must be a way out of this. “All problems are soluble,” claims the physicist and philosopher David Deutsch, in his book The Beginning of Infinity.

Why would young men want to join ISIS in the first place? And what would convince presumably sane individuals that killing civilians indiscriminately is somehow a laudable act? Has the bombing campaign against ISIS positions brought peace closer or made us even more vulnerable to terrorism?

It seems clear that ISIS bombers genuinely believe that their terrorist attacks constitute part of a just struggle against their enemies. How that can be so is incredible to most of us living in the West.

Sadly, the legacy of the misbegotten Iraq war has left us with more chaos than ever in the region and a terrible threat that may take us decades to fully deal with.

I wrote a few months back that I was not at all convinced by David Cameron’s argument that bombing ISIS positions would make us safer.

To really pull the rug out from under the feet of ISIS and other terrorist groups, we could do worse than totally disengage militarily from all parts of the Middle East and restrict ourselves to responding economically to problems in the region.

In addition, imposing an economic blockade on Israel until it withdraws from the occupied Palestinian territories and dismantles its illegal Jewish settlements, would not only be the morally right thing to do but also a hugely popular one worldwide and would surely help undermine the noxious narrative of terrorist groups in the region.

ISIS and their ilk can offer no real future to Muslims in the region. Their blinkered and fanatical outlook can only prolong the misery of Muslims. They offer the polar opposite to what most Muslims desire: a stable, tolerant and non-interfering state, educational opportunities for their children (including girls), and rewarding jobs to look forward to.

In short, less war and more of a focus on helping people in the region economically and through better education, has to be a more promising way forward.

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4 Responses to Responding To The ISIS Threat

  1. Robert says:

    I agree that the bombing Isis by different states in Syria is wrong because the real wars in Europe,the Muslim Brotherhoods founder Hassan al Banna and even more so Sayyid Qutb are the pillars of much of today’s attacks carried out by Muslims,their ideology which can be clearly seen in the Hamas charter says it all,Sayyid a Qutbs “Milestones” says even more about a Muslim cannot be a true Muslim under human rule but must be under the law of their supposed God.

    Since the establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood today’s problems have been inevitable and I think worse to come,Hezbollah are champing at the bit
    And already active so Shia versus Sunni Sunni is an inevitable showdown that’s taking place right now,education is for people who want to learn but people who think they know it all from a mythology that only means backwards or stagnant,i myself have never wondered why the most religious places in the world are also the worst places to live whatever the religion,JMO.

  2. Sajid Hussain. says:

    If you wanna deal with the Frankenstein monsters of ISIS you have to first deal with the Baron Frankensteins in the CIA and MI6 who created that Monster.

    • Robert says:

      I agree with a little pinch of salt,you can lead a horse to water but there’s no guarantee the Horse will drink it,you could blame whatever you like but ISIS have a version of Islam they believe to be the right one,so do Shias so do Alawhites etc,a myriad of hadiths the Sunnah blah blah it was never going to be a pretty ending,JMO.

  3. Ash says:

    Straight from the horses mouth General Wesley Clark on the origins of ISIS
    https://youtu.be/ojcoKnTGf4s

    It looks like the warped Ideology of ISIS was also manufactured by the Baron Frankensteins
    Here is an article from the independent
    https://www.google.co.uk/url sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj3kr2zndrLAhUC6iYKHWy3BMYQFggcMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Famericas%2Ffbi-plant-banned-by-mosque-ndash-because-he-was-too-extreme-2153057.html&usg=AFQjCNE_Ur8gTXz0OKVzdQkmfK1a6_BxDA

    To avoid confusion the above post is also mine…!

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