posted on Jul, 31 2009 @ 12:43 AM
reply to post by grapesofraft
We'd be better off if we stopped making them. You see, attempting to kill them all really just makes their ideology more acceptable to everyone
around them.. .because those people are usually getting killed too, because let's face it, our Good Christian / Jewish Values™ teach us that it's
okay to pretty much kill any Muslim that happens to be around, a sort of "destroy the village to save it" tactic.
our continued support of autocratic regimes in the majority of the Muslim world, along with our continued interference and obvious foreign policy bias
against Muslims also spur on the extremists and give them a deep recruiting pool.
If the United States were to stop being a ham-handed actor for the benefit of the Tim LaHaye set and ExxonMobil, and instead took up a policy of
working to the benefit of the "average joe Muslim", it would deal a telling, perhaps even fatal blow to extremism.
Extremism, whether it's religious, political, or whatever, can only exist if it has a cause to draw from and a community prepared to accept it. The
trick isn't to cut down the extremists themselves, but stop giving them fertilizer. Their ideology is self-destructive and brings no benefit to
anyone who gets caught up in it, and by providing a more appealing "Option B" we can tear it out by the roots.
But this would mean we'd have to stop pretending Jesus is due any minute now, we'd have to recognize the sovereign rights of nations, and we'd have
to forgo the oil kickbacks we get from repressive despots. Are you prepared to do any or all of these things?
[edit on 31-7-2009 by TheWalkingFox]