- Nov 25, 2003
Minarchism is the answer.
I probably didn't make myself as clear as I should have. I understand your comment about muslims in the west. What I meant was how does that explain about terrorist activities in muslim countries, against fellow countrymen/women in particular. I actually wasn't thinking about Iraq in particular. More along the lines of people such as bin laden, from a wealthy family, didn't want for anything etc. And terrorist activities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Philipines etc. Just trying to find a reason for this and the only reason I can see is that they are pushing their own brand of 'religion' onto others. To me, all other excuses are a smokescreen.Ready said:Legends of 1980 said:How would this explain muslim terrorists in muslim countries? I think too many are trying to jsutify/excuse these murderous cowards by claiming discrimination. There is racism/religious bigotry all over the world, but to me, it's been the actions of these extremists that have brought this out more. People complaining about muslims being persecuted when police arrest muslims. Well, it is muslim extremists that have committed these crimes and brought unwanted hatred/suspicion on the vast majority of peace loving, law abiding Islamic community. I'm not religious and I don't really care what religion people are, to me people are judged on their actions and behaviour.
No-one is excusing anything. The fact is that in the West there are a lot of disaffected Muslims, some of whom will be prone to extremist ideologies.
However this does not give the police carte blanche to go around harrassing Muslims going about their daily business, just because they inherited the Islamic faith from their parents who emigrated here when they were unable to provide a decent quality of life for their families in their country of origin. Shocking waste of resources too. We're looking for fifty-odd at the most out of a couple of hundred thousand. At the same time the authorities ought to be building good community relations rather than persecuting individuals to the extent they become fodder for recruitment. It shouldn't be too hard for any of us to recognise that a Muslim and a Muslim extremist are two separate things.
As for your comment about Muslim countries, I assume you are talking about Iraq. There are a lot of people in Iraq who want the Yanks out and will stop at nothing to see it happen. Meanwhile with the Americans having no control so there is a power vacuum waiting to be filled, so Iraqis kill other Iraqis. If you need followers, religion is a convenient banner to march behind.