Maybe I shouldnt follow the news so much. I'm still a happy fella but this morning I read of a shooting in Copenhagen, 21 beheadings of christians in libya by Isis, 60 lashes given a child for calling ISIS "daesh". Which in this childs honour I plan to henceforth call them too. (Don't ask me what it means but they hate it, I bet they hate daeshbags even more) Not to mention, parading captives through a Pakastan village in metal cages like animals in orange coveralls. So I find my emotions rocketing around between anger and outrage as I read of these atrocities. But then I realize that these daesh are the most hopeless of all humans. They profess religion but don't know beans about it or they'd never carry out such merciless acts against a human being who also was created in Gods image. Their chief happiness seems to come from frightening people, raping women and stealing property. They have no future hope when the bullet hits them. They will forever be remembered as pathetic creatures who missed the way and wandered off into an insane world of filth and violence. They are to be pitied above all men, forever rejected by God and man. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.
And we, here in the west. What is our response to be to all of this? Well, firstly and most obviously, this is not going to go away anytime soon. After all, the conflicts of the middle east are sort of like the sun which rises in the east and sets in the west, every last day. Now, we can say, leave it there then and let them sort it out. A fine thing that. After all of our interference and meddling and bringing our religion to their land, we leave our new disciples to their fate? Or do we whip out our CF18's and bomb 'em all to bits? Haven't we been, done that, enough already? It could be argued that the "war on terror" had a hand in producing the current situation. Just think how you'd feel if your grandparents were killed by an airstrike from a foreign power like the USA, or your child or wife for that matter. People can get over things like that but when the destruction goes on for decades resentment sort of builds. We're starting to feel the blowback even here in North American now, with not infrequent random acts of violence.
I think our response should be two-fold. Firstly, we should be offering all available support for those who are being displaced and damaged by the violence. And secondly, there are pockets of resistance to ISIS/Daesh and these need all the help they can get in defending their territories. In Nigeria, for instance, and now even in Chad, people are being driven from their homes and slaughtered. The Nigerian army appears to be badly outgunned by Boko Haram. But oddly, the western media has us totally fixated on some artificial "Russian Aggression" instead of the glaring problems we see arising in the Middle East, which are truly threatening to boil over here even to our side of the Atlantic. As for other approaches, some of the comments on various news items of Islamic atrocities are truly frightening. Carpet bombing them all into hell for instance or similar viewpoints are being expressed on a constant basis. One huge problem with such an approach is the incidental killing of civilians who want nothing whatsoever to do with this conflict. Unfortunately, the extremely graphic and upsetting videos IS is posting are having the effect of causing the rest of us to paint all Muslims with one brush. Its all becoming a monstrous problem with no easy solutions. Perhaps we all need to pray just a bit more, and to the correct God! Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that christian extremists all over the world continue to knit warm socks for the poor, of whatever faith they may profess...