Terrorist Attacks: Reasons Why!
Islamic State Flag.
First of all, I want to make it clear I utterly condemn the attack on the mosques in New Zealand in Christchurch. The people gunned down were innocent worshippers praying to the God that we Christians also believe in (though some Zionist Christians would dispute that!). The Perpetrators should feel the full power of the law and be given the maximum sentence for this cold-blooded murder. There is one man in custody now and the authorities think he could be one of many and remain on alert.
Obviously, security in and outside of mosques worldwide will be on lockdown and who can blame them. However, one point must be raised and it is this, has the rise in extreme Islamic groups like Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State and the violence and hate they have perpetrated blown back on them?
It was inevitable that Muslims living in the west would start to experience retaliation. Whether it be Andres Breivik, the attack on the mosque in London by an angry van driver or this attack in New Zealand, it seems some individuals or groups have decided to fight fire with fire.
Again, I utterly condemn all violence from whatever corner it comes, but for every action, there is a reaction. The English Defence League founded by Tommy Robinson was a reaction to extremist Muslims demonstrating against British soldiers coming back from the front, in Afghanistan and Iraq. UKIP seems to be going for a more confrontational approach towards Islam, moderate or not. Britain First are another group that have founded so-called Christian patrols in reaction to Muslim patrols in London trying to enforce 'Sharia Law'.
The grooming of young English girls by Muslim men in Rotherham and other places has created anger. Especially when the UK government or local councils and police turn a blind eye to it.
On top of this, there is Brexit, which has created a poisonous atmosphere in the UK, not just towards Muslims but to anyone that looks or speaks foreign, even if they are white!
The reason why Trump was elected, mainly by European-Americans and other populists, is that mainly but not exclusively, white working class Christians, felt left behind and ignored. Parts of the UK, which have large Asian communities, for example, do not look British any more, many Native Brits have moved away.
You hear so much about people from the west be they Muslim to start with or converts, going to join Islamic State, but you hear next to nothing of white-westerners travelling to Iraq or Syria to help the fight against IS.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict which badly needs peace has fueled Islamic extremism, as have other issues. Many Muslims growing up the west, turn to an extreme version of their faith, instead of being unemployed, ghettoised, or joining gangs, wrong yes, but understandable.
The question is then, where do we go from here? The conflict between Islam and Christianity has never really gone away, the crusades even today still burns in the hearts of Muslims everywhere, because of the violence of our Christian forebears in the Middle East. Then there was the European empires that subjected many Muslims to slavery almost and humiliation. Then the state of Israel comes along backed by Christian Zionists. Then we in the west, wonder why Islamic extremism has grown. 9/11 and all the other attacks there have been since are a reaction to all of this. Islam too in past history has also done atrocities to Christian or western people.
As mentioned before, it seems now many westerners, Christian or not, have taken it upon themselves, to hit back in one way or another.
It would seem in the 21st Century, there truly is a clash of civilizations and there are no easy answers to deal with it.
Richard The Lion Heart: Bio.
Born Sept 8, 1157.
Oxford was the place of birth.
Led an army against his father the King at age 16.
Became a Commander in The Third Crusade.
Known as 'Lionheart' or 'Coeur De Lion' for his bravery.
Spoke French or Latin as most Norman rulers of England did.
Signed a peace treaty with his Muslim nemesis Saladin.
Died of an arrow wound in battle aged 41.
Forgave his killer, Bertram, an archer, ordering him to be set free and given money.
Had his cook knighted upon enjoying a hearty meal?
Was Richard 1st, King of England from 1189 - 1199.
Spent much of his time abroad.
Duke of Aquitaine and Normandy.
Married to Berengaria of Navarre.