Fucking it up for all Muslims.
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Fucking it up for all Muslims? Please, Dan, don’t make a mistake by blindly targeting Muslims and reserve these words for extremists and terrorists who use the veil of Islam to cover acts having nothing to do with religion. Those who committed these attacks are true Muslims, but they’re just pawns on the chessboard. Their true masters, those that manipulate them, have other views, other interests. And those interests have nothing to do with Islam.
I agree with what you say, except that radicalized Muslims must practice restraint… otherwise, extremists like Donald Trump will overreact and make it worse for everyone… and the radicals will only have themselves to blame.
It’s the eternal problem with the populists and extremists of all kinds. Act without thinking before, flatter the worst instincts of the crowd have never got good results in the long term. And the recent attacks are likely to give grain to grind to these stupid politicians, regardless of the side of the Atlantic where they are. Dark perspectives in sight….
But that is the endgame the radicals are going for. Simple-minded fools like Trump are an important part of their strategy. Could their attacks mean any serious economic harm or a significant loss of live forcing a nation onto its knees? Not even Liechtenstein would cave in to them. So instead they provoke reactions, lure them into their country, on their territory, into making mistakes and answering in a disproportional way, which will lead for people to become sympathisant to their cause. Trump is their greatest asset. Bush was already pretty great and destabilized a country which had been as secular as any european country, becoming ISIS best man. And Trumps reaction will be equally idiotic, not lead to erradicating the enemy but to strengthen him more and more, maybe to the degree than sunni and shiites overcome their disagreements and form a united front against the west.
What *progressive* muslims can do is show themselves, showing their function in society, allowing people to see the other side of their religion (or cultural heritage) and to give those with little perspective a positive example. To a degree what everybody should do more in every society, but which would be disproportional important for a minorty who due to the entertainment reluctance of their religion fails to show up on people’s radars. Just like after 9/11, Yussuf Islam decided to play his old songs again.
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