I thank you all for your responses, and all I ask of you is your continued honesty, but also honesty with yourself.
I don't claim to have an answer to Islamic fundamentalism, but I do think I understand some of its true aims. It doesn't want to dominate the world,
because it knows it could never do so, but one thing it knows and believes it can achieve is a the application of systemic 'terror' in order to halt
Muslims integrating into western societies, as that is the road to Muslim secularism, and it cannot allow that to happen.
By attacking western countries drip by drip, Islamic fundamentalists can foment discord amongst races. It seeks to turn multi-race tolerance into
multi-race hate, and it is doing very well at it. Islamic fundamentalists know full well that they cannot take on western military might head on, but
neither do they attack the fragile places of western infrastructure, like nuclear reactors, health centres, etc; no, their intent is primarily to
prohibit Muslim integration, and there can be no better way to do that than by fomenting discord through terror.
We in the West have to respond rationally to this discord. If we allow ourselves to hate any Muslim and seek his removal from our lands, Islamic
fundamentalists win, and you and I will have been nothing but pawns in their agenda. If we respond with bomb and bullet, we do nothing to win heart
and mind, we simply provide the recruitment call for Jihad.
We have to box clever, by being specific in our responses. We can remove those Muslims who preach nothing but hate for the West. We need to protect
Muslim children living in the West from sermons of hate at the mosques, we cannot give an allowance of voice to hate speeches, whether Islamic or
Christian, or even political. We have to stop killing Muslims hoping that we are eradicating the fundamentalist, and we can remove their pathway into
the West simply to cause harm.
Many Muslims integrated themselves into the march in Paris, and denounced in the same voice as other Parisians the attacks carried out by Islamic
fundamentalists. What we have to bear in mind, is that to be a Muslim in the West, one is not only fearful of attack from Westerners through prejudice
and hate, but also from other Muslims who disagree with their integration into western society. They are people like you and I, yet as culturally
different to us, as we are to them, but they are making an effort to achieve the same thing that you want, a happy and productive life in a stable
society. All Muslims are not the same, they are not all fundamentalists, and we should not treat them as such. If we continue to treat them with
suspicion and distrust, then we compound the problem for ourselves and them.
They, too, have a part to play, by denouncing the terror tactics, and turning away from the fundamentalists. It can be achieved, but we have to meet
each other half way, and it cannot be forced. I hope that you can find it within yourselves to let go of the distrust and the hate, not just of
Muslims, but of each other, because together we really can turn things around.
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