a reply to: paraphi
Violence "in the name of" is endemic in Islam. The Christians sorted out their denominational differences 500 years ago with the Catholics versus the
Protestants. The vast majority of carnage and terrorism is directed between the Sunni and the Shia denominations. The vast majority o deaths in Iraq
(for example) were not due to US or Coalition bombs, but those set by Muslims against Muslims.
I disagree. First, Christianity did not
sort out its denominational differences 500 years ago w/the Catholics vs Protestants. That's when the
split first erupted, not when it was "settled".
Second, what counts to you as "carnage & terrorism"? Have you actually looked into the American attacks on abortion clinics; the Christian American
KKK & White League's constant attacks on African American Christians & churches from the end of the Civil War until the last few decades; or the
Central African Christian attacks & riots against Muslims?
Also, why don't you count the "carnage & terrorism" committed by individual Christians or Christians in our militaries? Nearly or every Western nation
is still a Christian majority country, yet they are all constantly at war globally. Do those "collateral damage" murders not count? How many countries
have Christian majority countries destroyed just since the War on Terrorism started? Does that destruction and mass loss of life not count? Even
though it's mostly self identified Christians who've been pulling the triggers, dropping the bombs, maiming & displacing civilians, and torturing, I
mean, using "enhanced interrogations" on people. These double standards are ridiculous.
BTW, do you know what "signature strikes", "night raids", and "bugsplat" are? And did you know the West has done drone strikes on weddings & funerals
during the War on Terrorism? The very first cruise missile attack we did against Afghanistan after 9/11 was on a wedding. There were more than 110
guests there & only 1 survived. How is that not terrorism? Intentionally blowing up weddings and funerals is terrorism, period. Many Western
Christians are even more violent than everyone else, because they don't even see their constant overt & covert wars as "murders". And they use
euphemisms to sanitize their constant calls to attack other nations, like "regime change", "military interventions", "no fly zones", "preemptive
strikes", etc. As if using nicer words will change the fact that our citizens and nations are constantly calling for more murders against people
globally, especially when we know the ordinary citizens will always be hit the hardest by these attacks.
And third, you're really bringing up deaths in Iraq now? Do your calculations count the 500,000 plus Iraqi children
who starved to death
because of Western sanctions before the war even began? Or the incalculable number of civilians killed or permanently disfigured because of the
effects of our depleted uranium? Or do those deaths not count? And how about the Kurdish deaths Saddam caused when using chemical substances
acquired from the West
? And guess what, there wouldn't have been an Iraqi Civil War in the first place if "Mr. New Crusade/Axis of Evil" and his
"coalition of the willing" didn't destroy the entire infrastructure, disband the major political parties and the military & internal security
, and then sit back and watch as the country burned.
The West literally provokes the fires, arms the would-be fighters, kills the strongmen who were holding back the would-be fighters, and then
"complains" when people start fighting. Libya & Iraq are glaring examples of this. If you really care about the violence in those countries, maybe you
should join our calls to get our governments to stop arming the people over there. Because this "civilized" Western policy right now is like arming
the Bloods gang, killing off all of the community leaders, and then complaining when the Bloods target Crips members. And sitting back saying their
religion is really violent, even though the people are actually killing each other over money, power, territory, and personal grudges. Which is
ironic, because Islam & Christianity actually teach us to overcome those things.