posted on Sep, 28 2014 @ 11:24 AM
Phew! I don't think I've seen a thread here yet where the mods were so heated!!!
Obviously this is a hot and sensitive subject right now. I think the OP is saying that we need to keep cool heads and not allow ourselves to knee-jerk
by looking at the whole Muslim population with disgust. It may tempting, but we need to be careful.
I am totally cognizant of the fact that the majority of Muslims are not extremist. My biggest concern is that the extremists are doing everything they
can to "convert" the more moderate majority over to their side. What helps them is the absolute hell-hole some of these countries are - the extreme
poverty, the war-torn areas -- people there are tired and sick and dejected. When a group comes along and says they know how to fix things - that they
can make everything better -- it's not too hard to see how some could get turned.
If I have my history right, I think that was part of what happened in Nazi Germany. The economy was failing miserably (Great Depression), people were
losing jobs, homes, etc. Hitler comes along and says he can fix things. He did indeed fix some things (or at least he took credit for it), which got
the people's confidence. They started trusting him and looking to him as their hero. It just went south from there. I know I am simplifying things
here, but the point is - people who are in dire straits are looking for a hero/heroes to save them. The extremist Muslim groups are eager to present
themselves as those heroes.
What can be done about this? There are no easy answers. One thing I know for sure - we want to make sure the Muslim people know that we don't condemn
all of them for the actions of the extremists. We could certainly try to kill all the extremists, but they've proven to be very difficult to totally
extinguish. I would love for us to work with the moderate Muslims to help their countries overcome poverty so that the downtrodden are not such easy
victims of the extremist propaganda. Am I just being too naive here?