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Stop asking the “Muslim community” or the “Muslim world” (what the fuck does this mean anyway? Are Indonesia, Turkey and Iraq the same homogenous countries? Have the same customs, practices, culture?) to condemn the Paris massacre, say that they are against it and do not support it. Stop asking them to organise big demonstrations to show that they are different. Stop asking them to clean up their mosques. Stop your orientalist and idiotic bullshit. Do you realize how wrong, offensive, hurtful and racist this is? Think for fuck’s sake. Think!
Are you asking all christians to show that they are not like Bush and Blair? To demonstrate against their murderous campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine…..? (that have killed many many many many many more people than ISIS and Al Qaeda combined) Are you?
Are you asking all buddhist to clearly state, before they even open their mouths, that they are against what is happening to the Rohingya people? Are you?
—  By Frank Barat

1.6 billion muslims in the world
And when you decide to hate them all, you’re playing into ISIS’s and al-Qaeda’s hands. They want people to think the west has an agenda against Islam. It’s not working. But when they attack and you hate innocent men, women and children, you’re making their work easier.

Don’t be stupid. Don’t be a pawn in their fucking cowards’ war.

Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is not Islamic. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim,” Obama said. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

Over a hundred Muslim scholars and clergymen from all over the world have released in September an address to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, accusing the self-proclaimed caliph and his army of heinous war crimes and violation of fundamental principles of Islam, illiterate use of Islamic scripture torn from the context and perversion of the rules of morality and Sharia law.

markmallett.com
The Christian Martyr
In fact, in Christianity, the word martyr means “witness”…

Religious extremists force others into their creed,

Christian martyrs invite others to live theirs.

Religious extremists kill others in “service” to their faith,

Christian martyrs give their lives for the faith of others.

Religious extremists strap bombs to themselves,

Christians martyrs fasten their wills to the Cross.

Religious extremists blow up others for the “glory of God”,

Christian martyrs serve others to the point of death for God’s glory.

Religious extremists demand allegiance, taxes, or one’s head,

Christian martyrs renounce their possessions and very lives.

Religious extremists pronounce others “infidels” as they slaughter,

Christian martyrs pronounce forgiveness of their executioners.

Religious extremists arm and train children for war,

Christian martyrs become like little children.

Religious extremists rape women and take them as slaves,

Christian martyrs die defending the dignity of the woman.

Religious extremists often take many wives as concubines,

Christian martyrs often take a vow of chastity.

Religious extremists burn churches, hospitals, and schools

Christian martyrs give their lives building them.

Religious extremists fast and pray to bring about the victory of war,

Christian martyrs fast and pray to end wars.

Religious extremists carry weapons,

Christian martyrs carry one another’s burdens.

Religious extremists cover their faces like cowards,

Christian martyrs boldly show the face of Christ.

Religious extremists take away the liberty and freedom of others,

Christian martyrs sacrifice themselves for the freedom of others.

Religious extremists grant clemency, only if one converts,

Christian martyrs claim Mercy as the reason for their conversion.

Religious extremists commit suicide for the pleasures of paradise,

Christian martyrs give their lives so that others may enter Heaven.

Religious extremists hate their enemies as a sign of their fidelity,

Christian martyrs love their enemies as a sign of their faith.

Religious extremists hold the sword as their banner,

Christian martyrs raise the Cross as their standard.

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al-Qaida attacks hotel in Burkina Faso

The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation’s president said.

At least 23 other people from up to 18 different countries were killed in the attack at the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe, establishments popular with westerners in Ouagadougou, the capital, he said. Three attackers were killed at the hotel and a fourth was killed when security forces cleared out a second hotel nearby. (Reuters)

HuffPo: There’s A Huge New Corporate Corruption Scandal. Here’s Why Everyone Should Care.

I kept seeing headlines about Unaoil, bribes to foreign politicians, and American sanctions, but I honestly did not put the pieces together until this article laid it out for me.  Foreign policy and unrest in the Middle East is such a quagmire of interlocking details, if that’s not your specialty, it’s hard to follow all of the threads simultaneously.  This is a thread I completely missed and it’s both fascinating and terrifying.

The article is long and I know attention spans are short, but I’m going to throw a few of the meatiest passages down below that I think really explain the link between corporate corruption and global instability.  In summary, terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda aren’t just fueled by Islamic extremism.  They pull in supporters by preying on the unrest of the population, a population that notices the way their countries are run and rightfully point out how corrupt the government is.  Along comes an Islamic purist with God on his side to lead his followers on a mission to rebel against evil and also wipe out corruption.  

I never picked up the thread between corruption and blaming The West for all of the problems in countries thousands of miles away, but when huge Western corporations are using billions of dollars to bribe officials (indirectly through a third party like Unaoil), it’s easy for a jihadist to draw the conclusion that the corruption in their government came from a country like America.

Like I said, it’s pretty fascinating.  Read the whole article for specific examples and first person accounts, or you can skim through a few of these passages.  And watch the video at the end for the other side of the coin.

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