I'd like to think that here on ATS that while we may have differing opinions on a wide rang of topics, we could at least agree on one thing: that
global terrorism needs to be stopped. However, so long as we bicker amongst each other about how to define it, who is perpetrating it, etc., we will
not end it. The time is now (actually the time has been here for some time already) to end political correctness and say what needs to be said. Here
are some of my thoughts on the issue, in no particular order:
1). All terrorists who cause death are murderers, but not all murderers are terrorists.
There are a lot of people I've seen on ATS and elsewhere who say "well, what about so and so who shot up a school?" To that I say - it is terrible
- but not the same. The person shooting up a school did not do so to try to bring about a full on cultural replacement. A school shooter is not
trying to force an ideology on an entire people. That is what is at the heart of terrorism - threats, kidnappings, murder - to force people to accept
their way of life.
2). Not all Muslims are terrorists, but just about all terrorists are Muslims (if not all)
It is wrong to assume that just because someone is Muslim, s/he is a terrorist or even supports terrorism. We would be remiss to forget how many
Muslims have been slaughtered by terrorists. However, the fact is that today the terrorists are Muslim (at least they claim to be). You can bring up
other groups like the IRA or ETA all you want, but ask yourselves - are the IRA and ETA a threat any more? Bringing up defunct terrorist
organizations in a debate about today's terrorists is tantamount to saying we should just ride the tide until the storm blows over. Thanks, but no
3). Mass murder is being committed in the name of Islam - and Islam alone
We can talk about the Crusades till the cows come home. We can discuss the atrocities committed by the Hebrews upon reaching Canaan. If we were
living hundreds or even thousands of years ago, bringing up ancient history may be a valid argument. However, it is now 2015. For anyone who thinks
that Islam is just 600 years behind, you err. First of all, when Islam was founded, it was able to build on a wealth of knowledge. Furthermore, if
you think that Islam is just a late bloomer, then I invite you to study one of the most fascinating periods in human history - the Golden Age of
4). Islamic Terrorists are trying to bring about Islamization wherever they go.
Quite often in the West, we are so tolerant that we think others are equally so. We believe that no one would try to attack our culture, because we
(no longer) do such a thing. For those who do not want to see their cultures destroyed and relegated to history books, stand up to this tyranny. For
those who do not care - please, just stay out of the way.
5). War is not
We are not fighting a nation. Many people like to compare the fight against Islamic terrorism to the fight against Nazi Germany. Back then, there
was a nation to fight against. Now, the fight is against thousands (if not millions) of people spread across the globe. Muslim terrorists are
responsible for deaths not just in Paris and NYC - but in Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Somalia, (South) Sudan,
etc. A cohesive military operation is not going to destroy a group that is spread out so thin. In fact, we may not be able to destroy the terrorists
at all - and we may not need to.
6). We must become stricter
It is a sad fact that in order to be safe we have to inconvenience some people, but that is what is necessary. Some may call this living in fear. I
call it being practical. In another thread, I give a plan for dealing with terrorists and the threat of terrorism, which I will give here:
Some may see this as hateful, but I see it as prudent. Only in the West is it even a big deal to profile others. Every other culture profiles
foreigners regularly. Every other group does what it can to protect its own culture. Why must it be that those of use who wish to protect Western
culture and ideals get verbally spat upon by people from within our own group?
7). Separate but Equal
Some people would like to see the eradication of Islam. I wouldn't. I think it is a vile religion, but I think that about many other religions as
well. However, the fact is - Islamic culture and Western culture are largely incompatible. There would be a greater amount of peace if we simply
lived separately. We can have trade, visit each other...no one is saying we build walls.
Anyhow, what do you all think, ATSers? Please, if you disagree with me - that's fine. Just provide some ideas of your own.