November 21, 2015 by gregrabidoux2013
If so, then it really becomes a way of life doesn’t it?
And as we, Americans, continue to move forward from the terror attacks of September 11th, many of us don’t feel as though terror has become a part of our daily lives. Thankfully.
Not for lack of trying though on the part of terrorists who mean us harm.
No, what’s become crystal clear is that the very reason for terrorist groups like ISIS existing is to do all they can to ensure that we as Westerners, Americans, Christians (the majority of us still) don’t exist for much longer. And, at the very least that we live out our lives in constant terror.
Certainly, for countries like Israel, terrorism is the very real notion that every day you leave your home and go to any public place, a pizzeria, a post office, a place of worship, you and your loved ones are in the cross-hairs of a terrorist hell-bent on taking away your life and those of your family. Of course, they don’t know you, they simply know of you. And that is enough in their distorted, violent and brutal ideology.
Make no mistake about it, terrorist groups like ISIS want to disrupt, disable and even destroy our way of life. Our values, our societal norms, our collective culture, our freedom embodied in our men and women, are apparently so abhorrent, so repugnant to these Muslim extremists that only our death and destruction will sate their lust for killing.
One guest commentator even suggested that actors Seth Rogen and James Franco stirred sympathy for N. Korea and aided the terrorists (!) and that such behavior inflamed these terrorists. So much so that they unleashed yet another in a seemingly never ending murderous attack on our collective way of life. This time it was Paris, next time on American soil.
Incredible, isn’t it?
It seems after every ghastly, atrocious terrorist act we must endure, after every barbaric beheading, after every slaughtering of innocent civilians, men, women and children at the hands of so-called “terror masterminds” we go through this collective “handwringing,” internal soul-searching and the “blame-game.”
Essentially, it seems we plead with ourselves and the rest of the world and ask “What are we doing to cause such horror? How can we better understand these terrorists so we can all live in harmony?” Perhaps we can not be so, so reckless in our freedom we seem to wonder out loud.
To which I say-Really? Are we that insecure and unsure of the majestic freedom we have struggled to create for some 250 years that we will question ourselves as if enjoying free will and choice must inevitably draw fire from murderers?
Let’s first please understand this irrefutable fact. The Muslim terrorists that targeted the concert hall, football stadium and open-air cafes of Paris to brutally and ruthlessly murder innocent civilians were driven by what I see as two powerful and perilous forces; Intolerance and Ignorance.
Intolerance because at least half or more of the world simply does not subjugate and suppress its women as they do, does not worship the Deity they worship, does not wish to return the world to the 7th century where Caliphs ruled and enjoys a 2015 style freedom of passion, emotion, thought and behavior they cannot fathom, appreciate or tolerate.
Ignorance because these terrorists have been led to believe that they know “us.” They do not. In carrying out their blind, thoughtless murders they are inflicting death upon a caricature, a stereotype, upon people they have ignorantly been taught to not even think of as human. And only ignorance which gives rise to prejudice and hatred which so often expresses itself in violence can blind so many to a much more simple yet profound truth.
And that truth is this-You do not know us. We are varied. We are diverse. We are complex. We are not faceless and nameless and your victims were never the caricatures you were trained to believe they were.
For a change I’d like to hear our media and our leaders call for a soul-searching in the Muslim community. I’d like to hear an unmistakable call for any would be Muslim terrorist to truly ask themselves this-What religion, what kind of ideology demands that its followers indiscriminately murder fellow human beings who have done no harm to them? To murder innocent children?
And what is their and our collective sin? Simply not believing what these killers do.
Before we in the West embrace yet again a soul-searching of our values, our culture and our behavior how about we demand that those that would do us and free people everywhere harm ask themselves a basic question-
Is this simply about wanting to destroy Christianity and ensure the supremacy of the Muslim faith? Is the rest simply “window-dressing” to conceal this age-old desire?
If it isn’t why did the terrorists make a point of acknowledging their plot to bomb a stadium with fans attending a football match between France and Germany, was chosen because it matched two predominantly Christian nations?
If it isn’t why did the terrorists apparently exchange emails indicating that the Christian non-believers, the “infidels” would pay the price of their non-belief?
If it isn’t why did documents training recruits as young as 8 years old emphasize that all Christians are evil and that destroying them pleases the prophet Mohammed?
My point is simply this-If ISIS exists solely to kill anyone and everyone for not believing their intolerant way of life is the only and preferred way, then why should the rest of us search so mightily for more elegant, informed and more complex reasons?
As if anything could justify such barbaric, cowardly acts of terror anyway.
Let me close with this-Isobel Bowdery, a 20-something female survivor of the attack on the concert hall in Paris said that yes, she was terrified and feared she would die. But she also refused to die in a manner that would please these murderers. So, she reached out to fellow concertgoers and in what she was convinced would be her final moments of life shared a simple sentiment with those near her, strangers, all: I love you, she said. I love you. If I was to die at that moment she told reporters, I wanted to die with a heart full of love.
You do not know us. We are diverse. We are varied. We are compassionate. We are flawed.
We are human.
And apparently, you who would destroy us out of intolerance, ignorance and hatred have much to learn from us.