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ISIS and the Coming Together of Good

Updated on September 13, 2014

Where shall ISIS truly call a home?

Who will recognize and do business with this alleged Caliph?
Who will recognize and do business with this alleged Caliph?

ISIS, Common Enemy #1

ISIS is so bad that it leads no sane person to sympathy. ISIS is so clear that it leaves no room for doubt. ISIS is a declaration of good versus evil in the world. ISIS causes all walks of life with petty differences to set them aside. ISIS is the perfect common enemy #1.

It is said that evil can only triumph when good men do nothing. It is said that a fool is still a fool and the mere fact that you gather them by the multitudes only aggravates the situation. And it is said that divided we fall and united we stand.

In ISIS we gain an understanding of what commonality brings differing sets of vision together. How could even the greatest of humanity try to bring otherwise near or in fact warring factions together? How could one great individual bring East and West together without real exception? Could it be done as well as ISIS is doing it? Clear cut common enemies is one way to unite a fractured world. Perhaps a sad commentary of mankind but a truthful one nevertheless. Today we need not look toward an "axis of evil" or even a "dogma" to object to and argue over. Today we face such evil that no sane man or country can argue a case for righteousness.

From bad comes still a brand new day!

Age old question.

So many ask the question "why is there evil in the world?" So often the question is posed "why would God allow pain and human suffering?" And in the secular we search for answers of insanity, mental illness, cult following and depravity of heart and especially mass depravity of empathy and humanism. Well we cannot answer those inquiries with certainty and conviction and cohesiveness. But from time to time in our human worldly existence we see notable reactions to such wrongfulness.

Perhaps by looking at ISIS and our worldly, almost unanimous, declaration of disdain and disgust we can at least find some purpose for the madness of what is best described as evil. (we use evil in the context of a definition of wrongfulness here and not one of theology although both apply)

Was there good that came about because of WWII? Was there an awakening of the human condition that at least was a silver lining in that cloud of evil and hatefulness that was at the core of the world at war? Perhaps there was.

Is the coming together of the vast majority of the Western and Islamic world in relative cohesion against a common enemy a good thing? It should be argued that it is. It should be recognized that it is historic. It should be seen as a global move toward a more humanistic world. But can we look through the evil and see the good that comes from it? Probably not.

Deepest canyons bring a new perspective of the ground above.

Sometimes the pain and agony of defeat of what we hold dear is necessary for us to properly cherish that which is really important. Human dignity.
Sometimes the pain and agony of defeat of what we hold dear is necessary for us to properly cherish that which is really important. Human dignity. | Source

We are so tired of war and the war machines, we miss our fallen and hate the waste of resource on conflict.

We want peace so badly.

The playground bully chases us around and we bend and remain silent and avoid and hide from the bully. We ask if we have the courage to take another day or just pacifying the bully and taking the ridicule and disgust. If we are truly strong we can take it until the time of life when the tables naturally turn.

We grow tired of conflict and we look around at all the peaceful problems that need our attention. We are weary of spending our money on bombs and bullets and we grow tired of losing our most promising men and women to violence. We just want to hide from the bully and hope he bothers someone else.

And then the day comes when because we hid and only feared for ourselves that the weaker are slaughtered by the bully. We could have fought and brought down the bully but we put our minds to our own peace and not the peace of others. Or perhaps because we did not stand up to the bully in a responsible manner the bullied responded in desperation and either were subjugated or came to the school yard and retaliated against those who did nothing.

ISIS is the new bully. We are strong yet the bully tries to bully us and cannot. So what do we do about the bully. Let the bully bully others that are weaker and only annoy us? Or do we stop the bully even though we no longer have the stomach, patience or fortitude for more conflict?

I do not want to leave a legacy of war and debt to my children.

I do not want to leave behind me when I die a society with broken schools, immigration rights, social security and medical treatment. I do not want a broken world because we spent our best and most on war against anything.

How can I support attacking ISIS with our strained and battered economy and a society so divided on domestic and foreign issues. I would beg not to have to confront and defeat ISIS.

With all that, I cannot leave a world where fanatics are given free reign to rain terror on innocents and innocence. A child's head on a spike? Mass murder. Conversion of faith or torture and death. The elimination of democracy. The annihilation of believers in the worlds largest religion. Genocide.

If the leaders of most of the Western world and most of the Arab Eastern world agree that these madmen must be stopped and in my heart I agree completely that they must be stopped. Then how can I argue against that concept. How can I place a priority on that which we will argue about for eternity over that which we agree upon today and for eternity? We simply cannot.

Let us argue over degree and who does what and who pays for what and to what extent and when we act in cohesion to thwart this menace of humankind, but let us not waste our resolve arguing over whether we should or not stop and eradicate this evil.

What do you think of the basis?

Are we all in agreement that ISIS must be stopped?

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A desire for peaceful tranquil beauty.

If only!
If only! | Source

Lighten up a little OK?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith each day is a new day and you make each one better for your faith, love and kindness, thank you

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Blessings and peace to you dear Eric and to your new friend, olaolubee.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much my new friend I loved the pictures, in your latest.

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      olaolubee 2 years ago from England

      I totally understand yours as well. I just wish for all these wars to end. And really nice articles by the way. I appreciate your gentle responses.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I cannot argue with what you have seen. I personally have not seen a person pray when they should have been doing something. Though I have seen people do things that they should have prayed about and then would not have done it.

      I can understand your perspective.

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      olaolubee 2 years ago from England

      Your words leave smiles on my face. I do not hate praying. I hate the fact that people pray when they could be doing something rather effective. I do not hate praying. I hate the prayers of those who have no idea, it is an expression of wishes not "an execution of acts to end mystery".

      People have been praying for decades. If it works, there will be no wars. What people haven't been doing, is loving caring and being bothered.

      These wars need to end. Prayers didn't start it. Prayers will not end it.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Praying is the specific attempt to become closer to our creator. It is not the cause of problems and it is the means by which people come to be more caring and loving. Love and caring and those actions do not just appear because we demand it.

      Thank you for pointing out your point of view it is most enlightening. But it seems as though you hate prayer.

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      olaolubee 2 years ago from England

      Prayer will not bring peace. Prayer did not bring war in the first place. Hatred brings war. Love brings peace. I grew up in a peaceful part of Nigeria. Today, our streets are littered with spent bullets. Our homes are now targets of gun shots. And our lives have no meaningful direction or pattern. Rather, it has become exactly like the scattering of a desperate few, escaping the invasion of mindless men who stand behind weapons. Why? When the seeds of hatred were being planted all round the dark corners of earth's forgotten few, no one cared.

      People need to start seeing, that the problem is not the war. The problem is the world. People will raise thousands of dollars to rescue a dog. But a few hundred dollars to reduce (or end) poverty, illiteracy and religious extremism (in africa and other remote places) is too much. Governments will spend millions on expanding their arsenal. They'll show strength in the face of weakness. They'll speak ill in the place of meekness. Yet a simple act of apology, when the fog of foolery has cleared will hardly surface.

      Wars will end. People like myself who have emerged from war torn regions will once again know peace. But I only hope, that then, it won't be the turn of you, you and you, to experience our horror.

      So; please stop praying. "That is the same as saying I can't be bothered. It doesn't concern me." Instead, start loving and being mindful of how you treat others. That's the only thing that will end wars and bring peace.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for that update. How horribly sad it all is.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      90,000 Kurdish refugees from Syria just flooded into Turkey today as ISIS overtook their homeland. No one is stopping them. I'm glad you are calling attention to the crisis.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John, I found myself uplifted by the world speaking in simultaneous "one voice". At first I found it odd, and then it hit me square in the face. If we look we find good in nearly everything.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a powerful and important article Eric. I as most people am sick and tired of war, but as you say you can't sit back and ignore bullies. If they know they can get away with these atrocities without retribution they will continue to provoke and kill. I never thought of the point of view that it coul be a way of bringing people/religions/countries together against a single common enemy. Maybe there is a greater purpose for ultimate peace in it all. God sometimes works in mysterious ways.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith, we are of accord. Thank you for speaking and supporting our one true action to be taken.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      rebeccamealey, I think that is a most important piece of our arsenal against such a human sickness. We must pray for each other and for peace.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravo Rhonda you hit the nail on the head. Thank you for reading and adding so much to this hub.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Misterhollywood. There is much for us to think about and decide for ourselves so the open discussion must include all voices.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      So true, Rhonda! This tolerance ideal is a bunch of ... and evil should never be tolerated!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie for the read and comment. I think most of us just shake our heads in resignation but are firm in our resolve. No more of this. I was a little concerned it might get held up in the works of the corporate big brother.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I think we are all tired of war and ISIS knows it. They use it and any and every other advantage they can get. The longer a bully is allowed to bully the worse he gets. It has to be stopped right now, completely and utterly including all the funding behind them, the politicians that filtered money to groups that then gave it to ISIS, the everything that aides them in continued existence including first and foremost the PC attitude that allowed for such to ever spring up unchallenged in the first place. In the 50's this would have been squashed immediately. Folks hesistate now due to programmed ideals of tolerance. Evil most never be tolerated.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well done, thank you! Praying for Peace.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Insightful hub and I appreciate your perspective. I must say the armed conflicts are getting very old. When will it ever end? Anyway - voted up!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Astounding article Eric and glad it made it through. This needs to be said all of it. We need to turn things around fast so there is something worth having left for our children and not a ton of debt to leave them hopeless and there has already been one case in the US of a teen killed (in New Jersey) doing it for ISIS but the media will not let us hear about it so there could be more before you know. We do need to call this what it is and make quick work of it!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Faith for such a great addition to this hub. I love the straight forward conviction that shines through from your heart.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Eric, yes, enough is enough. We must face our enemies head on and not allow them to change our world forever and our way of life. They are madmen. If we do not stand up to stop their atrocities now, this world will forever be changed and I shudder to think of grandchildren living in such a world. I am so shocked and amazed at such naïve persons who think that ignoring them that they will just go away!!! Now that is insane. If we want to go on experiencing the freedoms we have now, we must wake up to the reality now, as they are surely already here. I am for peace always, but we know that there is a time for everything under the sun as He tells us in His Word.

      Up +++ and away

      God bless you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So tired so very tired of it. But on the right side we must resolve to have great weekends and everyday as that is the best "in your face" we can give them. Thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am so friggin' tired of armed conflict, Eric, and yet I can see no way to stop those militants who believe that conflict is the only resolution. One does not deal with bullies by ignoring them. The only way to deal with them is through strength and the willingness to overcome them. This will turn uglier as the months go on, but we must have the resolve necessary to stop these bullies. And with that I will wish you a Happy Weekend.