I think we are all preoccupied with what happened in Paris last Friday, and in Syria, and Lybia, and Irak. We are up against people doing what human beings have done throughout history, from the historical Count Dracula or Vlad the Impaler to Ivan the Terrible, Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot. Since last Friday’s atrocity occurred in Paris, we should not forget Robespierre whose own end was poetic justice.
ISIS sings the same tune Hitler did, promising Utopia in the end – Terrorism researcher is a fascinating article. Why indeed show films of children cutting off men’s heads with knives, crucifying people and torturing? Does it not occur to them that what they’re doing makes us hate them like the Nazis in their own time! The more I read, the more I come to the conclusion that this degree of evil and depravity have nothing to do with religion, even Islam, but something further down in the darkness of fallen humanity.
This degree of brutality, like at Auschwitz and other such symbolic places, is the norm throughout history. It would almost seem to be man’s natural state, however much we affirm our civilised Enlightenment culture and protest that we would never do such a thing. The French Revolution was no less cruel and brutal. If they believed in freedom, brotherhood and equality, why did they have to kill so many people? The Russian Revolution may have killed more than 80 million people.
The incredible thing about Daesh / ISIS is that it is attracting a lot of people. Would they be defeated by blowing them to hell in Syria and Irak? What’s stopping them from multiplying in Africa or staging a full-scale revolution in France or England or Spain?
Order out of chaos? Haven’t we heard that one before. It was exactly Hitler’s line. Create an apocalyptic scenario, frighten the hell out of everyone, and then offer the alternative – whatever that is. It also occurs to me that Islam is only the ingredient from which the new monster is made. I know little about Islam, but there are different groups. Those who are violent tend to belong to the Sunnites and the Shiites. There are also contemplative groups or denominations called the Sufis and others, who are also Muslims but wouldn’t hurt a fly. I have often thought I would like to visit Morocco and Tunisia with people like some of the folk I met in Marseilles in the 1990’s. Hitler used the old Nordic pagan mythology, but that was not what Nazism was all about. It was just the foundational myth. Yes, the Koran contains some horrible things, but so does our Bible!
Jihadist terrorism is a new form of Nazism as it is a new form of Robespierre’s revolution or of the Marxist workers’ paradise. To us westerners, they are sadistic psychopaths and totally degenerate. Our judgement of them obviously doesn’t matter to them. They believe they are fighting for a new world, or at least the duped young recruits are brought to believe like in a cult. They show “warriors” playing with children. Hmmm. I have also seen the films of Berchtesgaden where Hitler also played with dogs and children.
I think this interview has a lot of insight. I note how little speculation there is in regard to some kind of American conspiracy behind so-called proxies to topple Assad in Syria. Such an attitude without all the facts seems to be wise. Could ISIS be defeated like Germany in 1944-45 by force of arms and immense courage and idealism on the part of the Allies? Can something be done to help Muslims to make their religion truly peaceful? In an ideal world, they could be offered the Gospel of Christ, and why not? As long as the Christianity in question isn’t more of the “same”. Following the defeat of Daesh in any given country, the west is going to have a huge job in mustering the support of Syrian and Irakian refugees who would go back to their countries to rebuild and educate.
I go much further, and say that such a conversion of heart could also touch us in the west and bring us to also to re-evaluate our commitment to Christ and the Gospel of peace, love and care for all.
May the coming war be one, not of vengeance and gratuitous killing, but a true crusade for Christ and the way of man’s freedom and happiness.