By: Daniel Otero
“You breed crows and they will eventually take your eyes out!” – Old Spanish saying.
Humanity and religion are two fuels to spike-up the fires of hatred. The religious principles that most religions preach: love, compassion and willingness to help others are simply lost. Why? It’s been substituted for something known as extremism! This is the fire, mixed in with fanatical ignorance and lack of knowledge on how to be fair or objective enough to live in an equal society.
This ignorance and hate is often manipulated by powerful leaders. People who are hell bent on destroying their follow human beings. Forget about colonialism, the abuses of power and war. For these are other topics.
This medieval mentality was fostered by the Christians for over 1,000 years. Look at the Catholic Church in the inquisition, the iron maidens, the sick devices of torture and they were the ‘experts’ at finding witches/victims and burning them alive. And don’t get me started on the pedophiles they still harbor today. Can we justify ignorance? No, nothing justifies the treatment of people in such inhumane ways. Can we excuse it contemporarily? Sorry, even less. There is no excuse, it’s a different world and there is such a thing as the information/global age and people are better aware of their surroundings. But awareness has to go with education.
The Muslim world presently constitutes a two billion population mark. The problem with terrorism manifesting itself has arisen from a minority, who are in the numbers 19 to 30 thousand (CIA, 2015). Causing this extremist havoc, this madness of old…
They come to manifest in the most negative of ways, through: ignorance, racism, lack of literacy, social isolationism and unemployment. These are problems taken by radical-religious zealots and then, they brainwash the people—especially those who are young. Sold falsely as Islam, when it’s pure barbarism and hate…
Sadly, Muslim extremist are showing the same strategy as their Catholic counterparts did during medieval times. Terror tactics, by pushing their beliefs down people’s throats; and if infidels don’t accept, well then, just murder them in the most savage of ways.
Religion ought to be a pure and beautiful thing. It’s when people treat a belief with fanatical fervor, that’s when people get hurt or killed. What danger, when differences are clearly not accepted, and the power of the knife holds more power than having an objective or fair disagreement without violence.
The assassination of downed Jordanian-pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh showed the amount of savage hate, when they are willing to burn him alive. What lack of humanity! What can one expect from these same people who sacrifice/kill fellow Muslims, especially women and children? These religious-terrorist kill innocent journalist, Kenji Goto and cannot deal with other governments in the art of negotiation. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) cannot survive as a state with this amount of enemies and killing their own.
There is a possibility the entire world will have to unite and combat these animals. Yes, animals, there is no other word for them. Weeding out this army will take a good five years. If the problem isn’t nipped in the bud, like a ‘disease’, it’ll spread. And the countries with large Muslim societies outside the Middle East need to begin building better programs to integrate the young and not marginalize the poor or unemployed.
If not and we decide to ‘turn a blind eye’, we can expect more terrorist attacks in the up and coming years. Not only in the Middle East or Muslim countries, but in places like: India, China, Philippines, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Nigeria and Israel.
There is uncertainty and fear, and what’s better? To accept death at the hands of a bully or know that by fighting this problem it can be eradicated in a couple of years… The leaders of the world have certainly a lot to think about. Good luck in making the correct decision!