The Bomb does Nothing to Improve Ideology

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 23rd Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3raeg2ef/
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The bomb and the bullet are certainly to be considered the least effective way to spread an ideology. Terrorism kills believers and non-believers alike, all innocents, all of whom have had their lives foreshortened by the idiotic actions of the so-called "true believer".

Terrorism 2014

Almost daily we see news reports about terror attacks in some part of the globe yet for the majority of my life the truth is that terrorism has been just around the corner (and at some times literally). Yet the truth is life goes on and you do not bend to the will of the terrorist, otherwise you will spend your life cowering under the bed covers.

On September 11th 2001 the world took a turn into a black era which we have not gotten out of, in particular reactionary religious fundamentalism has plotted a path into the world spotlight, a place they have no right being and let us be clear some of these people are worse than had we lived since 1945 under the diktats of Adolph Hitler. We look at ISIS, following Al Qaeda, following the Mujahideen, along with Hamas and other Jihadist groups, all of which ignore the peaceful nature of their holy book.

Remembering 1981 and other Times

In October 1981 I was working around the corner from Oxford Street, when an IRA bomb exploded, destroying a Wimpy fast food restaurant, the office in which I worked was about 350 metres from that location and we heard the explosion - which caused most people to stop what they were doing, we speculated that it may have been a bomb, some twenty minutes later we were told that Oxford Street had been closed because of IRA threats, but it was only later that night that we found out what had happened - A Metropolitan Police bomb disposal expert had been killed as he was about to tackle the weapon. Some of us at the office had been semi-regulars at Wimpy, eating there perhaps once or twice a month, especially if we ended up working late into the evening.

The following is a video of the BBC news report that night.

For me this was not the first time the IRA had interrupted my working week, indeed about 6 months beforehand I was visiting a customer (also in the Oxford Street area of London) and that office was also threatened one day while I was working there other people I knew during my working life in London had all had their lives interrupted by one or other attack on the city, yet those people, like me and hundreds of thousands of others simply got on with our lives, the only way an IRA bomb would stop us was by death. and we knew that the statistical probability of that was very low indeed, there was probably more chance of being run over by a bus.

AND to ensure normality sports events, such as professional football matches went ahead as scheduled. Normality was of vital importance to the people of London. Even people who supported independence for the Irish did not support the tactics of the IRA, yet their tactics seem a million miles away from what we are witnessing in the world today.

Of course London was not alone in suffering senseless attacks, they also happened in other European cities, but I speak of London because that is where I was living at that time.

Image - Chelsea Barracks Bombing 1981 by The Sun

Welcome - The New Kid on the Block!

Twelve minutes before 2pm on September 11th 2001, travelling in west London a few minutes from home was a moment I will never forget - the Radio switched to report the fact that a plane had crashed into the Word Trades Centre in New York. The first thing I did when arriving home was turn on the television just in time to see the second plane crashing into the other tower in New York, the horror of that moment was something that was hard to take in at that time. Of course we started thinking about our American friends.

Welcome cousin America, the new kid on the terrorism block - a place none of us wished to be. Trouble with America though is that they think they are the world experts as soon as a plague hits them, they had nothing to learn from their European allies who had forty years experience in dealing with terrorism. Of course the attack on this American icon and other attacks committed on that day brought to the American mainland that which much of Europe had already suffered for many years. We Europeans would not wish it upon America, in truth we wished for a solution that would ensure this went away permanently, yet the new found "war on terror" did nothing to improve security around the globe.

Image - Twin Towers attack courtesy Daily Telegraph

Religious differences not enough

Religious conviction is one of the most emotive of beliefs that humans have, yet there are no reasons why people of diverse backgrounds cannot live and work together, truth is most of us desire the same things - to live in peace with enough to ensure our family lives comfortably and with the aim that our children live a better life than we were able to. Most people simply strive to make tomorrow better than yesterday and it matters not what their faith is this idea remains true.

Having studied various beliefs over the years I know that hate has no place in the words of any faith, so those who have become hate-mongers have no place alongside decent people. Lets be clear the majority of Muslims desire peaceful coexistence with their neighbours and their is no faith that encourages hatred of our fellow man, yet these fundamentalist zealots misunderstand the preachings of their book. Most Muslims I know say the Jihadists and others that kill in the name of god are destined to the fiery pits of hell and there can be no justification for their actions.

Personally I am an atheist, but I have members of my own family that are devout Christians and members of my wife's family that are devout Muslims while she herself is agnostic, yet truth is we love them all, they may not approve of my belief but they do accept that we have a right to believe as we do.

Image - Jihad Terrorist by Libertynews.com

Libyan embassy London 1984

Early in September 1984 I started a new job and within days was fielding questions about what it was like to be sitting in the hot seat. This is when I found out that the the former occupant of my job could have been killed on that same fateful day that WPC Yvonne Fletcher had been killed outside the Libyan embassy, the person who shot the policewoman also shot indiscriminately across St. James's Square, where this office building was located and bullet holes peppered several floors in the building, and one of the bullets passed through the empty chair at my desk, the occupant had been out of his seat getting a coffee at the time. By the time I joined the company the damage had all been repaired, but of course people still remembered the day.

This was not the first incident of Islamic terrorism that had happened in London, four years beforehand gunmen took control of the Iranian Embassy, demanding the freeing of prisoners in the Khūzestān province of Iran. The siege lasted six days and was ended when SAS special forces raided the building saving all but one of the hostages and killing all but one of the gunmen.

Islamic terrorism may have been on the increase since the 1980s and while I was working in Riyadh during 2002 there was an attack on both the British and US embassies by car bomb. Even in the heart of Saudi Arabia I found out that people acted in the same way as Europeans did, tomorrow was simply another day and they did not allow themselves to be set back by the mindless actions of others.

Image - Yvonne Fletcher Memorial by The Velvet Rocket

Fundamentally Flawed

There is nothing in the holy Qur'an that talks about America and its allies as being infidels, nor is there anything that states infidels should be killed.

The word "infidel" (literally meaning "the unfaithful") is a term used in certain religions, especially Christianity and Islam, for a person who has no religious beliefs, or for those who doubt or reject the central tenets of the religion.

Of course in the modern context the accusation of being an infidel has to be taken as in the eye of the beholder - I may regard you as an infidel because you do not believe exactly as I do, and you regard me as being an infidel because I do not believe exactly as you do - this is a twisted logic which can only act to inflame our reaction to each other. The term infidel was originally used by Christians to describe those who were perceived as the enemies of the faith and the term has most recently by reactionary Islamic groups, to attack anyone that does not follow the tenets of the Qur'an and of course within Islam itself there is the long-term distinction between the Sunni and Shia arms of the religion, which at times seem to be bitter enemies.

In fact part of the Qur'an actually states that both Jews and Christians are both to be considered as people of the book and should be protected as true believers and these were actually words spoken by Mohammed during the early expansion into Egypt, where he provided a edict that Jews and Christians were not to be harmed.

The use of suicide bombers and indeed all acts of terrorism are in contravention to the whole teachings of Mohammed, Christ, Moses, or any leaders of any other faith that has ever existed on the planet. Matthew 5:39 states "do not resist an evil person" it is a part of the concept that if someone slaps you in the face you should simply offer the other cheek and this concept is also accepted in Islam under the tenet there should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm - an-Nawawi 32/42. Those that cause harm in the world today are indeed a long way from these principles and are operating an ideal that is fundamentally flawed.

Trouble is the response from our nations is also equally unreasoned and inflammatory in nature and is really a case of hatred encouraging further hatred and part of the problem here is that an eye for an eye is making the whole world blind.

Image - Bus Bomb Tavistock Square July 7th 2005 by The Guardian

No Blind Reactions

From a person who has suffered blindness it seems clear that the world needs a clear vision for the future that does not encompass blind rage, which is where we are today, the war on terror is clearly leading nowhere. As a Canadian today who has seen this week attacks at the heart of our nation as a seeming "true believer" attacked our parliament it is clear we must act rationally, the world expects this from us and Canada needs to show that it is the thinking nation of North America.

Image - Canadian Justice by Professor Nerdster

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Oct 2014 (#)

Violence is no way to gain peace but sometimes it is all that some people feel they have to use to be heard.

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author avatar Retired
24th Oct 2014 (#)

Well said, Peter. Like you, I have vivid memories of IRA activity in London and elsewhere in the 1970s, although fortunately my time of working in central London (1974-5 and 1976-8) did not coincide with any major incidents.

It greatly concerns me that many people in the West seem to regard Islam as one amorphous mass, the sole purpose of which is to do harm to everyone else. Like you, I have known many Muslims - and I work alongside many in my part-time job in Leicester - and I can see that that prejudiced view is very far from the truth.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Oct 2014 (#)

When Steve Kinsman wrote his article imploring Canada not to go the same way as the USA it occurred to me the extent to which the terror threat has spread across the world and started thinking about some of the things that had happened in London. Having watched US television news on the night of the Ottawa attacks I thought it unusual that they would lead with a Canadian story.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
24th Oct 2014 (#)

very nice post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar snerfu
25th Oct 2014 (#)

What is frightening is the absence of any reason. Ignorance spawns many evils but you cannot sit and teach the alphabets to terrorists! You end up dead. Perhaps there could be a better way to differentiate between people who act with reason and those who act without.

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author avatar Retired
25th Oct 2014 (#)

I very much doubt if the perpetrators would say that they are acting without reasons. At the heart of their thinking is the belief that all mankind must follow the same religious line that they do, be governed by a supreme Caliph and be subject to strict Sharia laws. They have interpreted certain parts of the Quran and other Islamic texts to come to this conclusion.

They also believe that, if the "infidels" will not come to Islam voluntarily, they must be forced to do so. Those who resist must be put to death, because God's new order has no place for them.

They also have a supreme belief in the benefits of martyrdom, and some even hold to the discredited (by most Muslim scholars that is) idea that 70 or so virgins are waiting in Heaven for the pleasure of every martyr who falls in battle.

If you put these basic beliefs into practice, you end up with the sort of behaviour that we are seeing in places across the world today.

When you start from a false set of premises you will end up with false conclusions, but you get there via a process of reasoning that - seen purely from that perspective - cannot be faulted. In other words, there are certainly reasons for Islamist violence, although nobody outside that closed world would set much store by them.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Oct 2014 (#)

And of course John most Muslims do not agree with the would be martyrs, or indeed those who shoot up the Ottawa parliament buildings.

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author avatar viewgreen
25th Oct 2014 (#)

As I know from some kinds of references that the issues of Terrorist, Disaster, Religion conflict, War - Chemistry Weapon, Economy, Embargo, Democracy and so on which those are a part of a CONSPIRACY to reach the GOALS of "New World Order" (NWO). This happen to all nation for today.
Awesome article you share herein. Thank you.

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author avatar viewgreen
25th Oct 2014 (#)

As I know from some kinds of references that the issues of Terrorist, Disaster, Religion conflict, War - Chemistry Weapon, Economy, Embargo, Democracy and so on which those are parts of a "CONSPIRACY ISSUES" which are aims to reach the GOALS of "New World Order" (NWO). Surely, those are happen to all Nation for today and the days coming.
Awesome article you have been write and share herein. Thank you.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Coming from a Biblical viewpoint , Peter , the Bible tells us that Jesus himself warned that there would be wars and rumours of wars 'til the end of the age ...
He also tells us to love our enemies , and to pray for them ....because He knows their demise ...and it certainly won't be in Paradise as they believe .... and it is not God's will that any should perish , but that all should come to salvation , and ultimately into Heaven with Him.
I appreciate that many people do not want to hear this, but the truth is , as found in Ephesians 6 verses 10 on ... that we are not fighting against flesh and blood , but against spiritual wickedness in the unseen realm , and whose leader is Satan himself .
Jews and Christians alike will always be hated by Satan and his followers ( even if they don't recognize him as such ) , but one day .... the Lord of Glory will return , and we who believe will be caught up with Him in the air .
When that day happens ... the Antichrist will have his way for a time , and what seems to be a terrible time now will seem like a picnic in comparison to then.
I appreciate there will be readers who will disagree with me , but I pray there will be those who will think about these words and seek the answers for themselves .
the world will not be a safe place while the Devil is still at large and is putting his hatred into man's hearts .
God bless you Peter with sight and insight.
Stella ><

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author avatar Retired
25th Oct 2014 (#)

The really depressing thing is that the people on the other side of the argument hold their beliefs every bit as sincerely as you do yours. You think that you are on the side of God - so do they. You think that you fighting against the works of Satan - so do they.

It is only when humanity comes to its senses and rejects all religion, of every kind, that true peace will be possible, because as long as there are people who are convinced that they must be right and the others must be wrong, there will always be conflict.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Oct 2014 (#)

John you are right in saying that mankind must reject religion because it is religious extremes that are encouraging conflict of this nature and the extremists have little in common with rational, normal, people.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Stella, of course your view is of vital importance - I know all that you say also has similar references inside the Qur'an. What concerns most people is that which is done in the name of God, which is in reality more the spirit of Satan.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Perhaps one difference between my faith and that of others Peter is ,.... I would not choose to take up arms and kill my fellow man , whatever he believed .
If we all prayed for the best for others .... then the world would be a better place my friend .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Stella, the silent majority of people in the world are like you having no desire to cause harm and of course praying for others who are in trouble. It is people like you that do give hope for the world.

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author avatar Retired
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Very thoughtfully presented article, as are the well-written comments which help give the perspective of others.

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author avatar writestuff
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for this insightful post. Extreme beliefs and distorted ideology have led to decades of misinformation, bigotry, hatred and terrorist acts. Wars, rumors of war, fear of war and the blaring sound of air raid sirens left many Americans of my generation with an instinct to always 'duck and cover' , never cower in the face of terror and be passionate about world peace.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Oct 2014 (#)

However it is this bigotry and hatred that is currently the major impediment to human development.

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author avatar Mutimut
25th Oct 2014 (#)

A human being has a different mindset, they are given a sense by his god to determine whether or not their actions. Thank you for share this article.

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author avatar tafmona
25th Oct 2014 (#)

thanks for the enlightening post

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

nice post i like it

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Peter, you have mentioned the holy book of the Muslims preaches love and compassion. I have read the holy books of the Muslism and there is a lot of double speak. In fact at places it is justified to kill a Kafir( non believer) One has to read the analysis of the holy book to understand that this terrorism flows directly from the religious teachings. Take Jizzia, beheadings, 72 virgins for believers, killing non believers etc is part of the religious books of the Muslims.

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author avatar Retired
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Madan, You will also find much of the same in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. The ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah were founded on the genocide of the peoples already living in the area, with divine blessing.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Madan, it is true that both those books do have a lot of double speak and I agree that the foundation of the Jewish religion was fought for in bloody battles, such as the bringing down the walls of Jericho, yet that is also juxtaposed against examples like Jesus kicking the money lenders out of the temple. Of course the eternal enemy is always painted as Satan. The 72 Virgins stuff should of course be taken with a pinch of salt.

The major concern really though is the fact that certain people use the name of religion (which most see as pure and divine) goes to prove the point that the time for religion has passed. People have more in common with their neighbours than they do with their mullah or priest.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Oct 2014 (#)

Thought provoking Peter. I feel it boils down to how the majority reacts to terrorism - the hijacking of beliefs by a few to suit their selfish ends. In some countries the politicians are in cahoots with the extremists with a take - you scratch my back and I will do likewise. It is only a matter of time they find themselves at each other's throats, sort of karma in action!

Those countries that do not give an inch to terrorism have no issues with IS as they act for the majority, what is right, and I will include Indonesia and Malaysia among them. Sadly, India hesitates to take strong action action based on appeasement of minority following a policy of wooing the vote bank of the minority. I am wonder-struck how some become emotional fools to be led by those whose aim is to kill others based on beliefs. No one has seen God or anyone has coma back to tell the tale of afterlife - so let us take humanity as one; let everyone have own beliefs or none at all. I have seen atheists and agnostics rising to the occasion to help those in need without borders as that is just right. The majority fall in the latter category in the way they go about their lives, but the few bigots miss the plot of life - their beliefs are based on plain hatred for another - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Oct 2014 (#)

It is just a few minority that guide people to violence, and these people need to be isolated and punished.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
26th Oct 2014 (#)

And Siva there are many category of bigot in the world that society end up spending too much effort dealing with.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Oct 2014 (#)

&Ptrikha it is not as simple as punishing those who offend as they can become a martyr for their cause it is necessary to understand the underlying issues and resolve those.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
26th Oct 2014 (#)

good post very useful and informative. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Oct 2014 (#)

I agree with you. People of different faiths, ethnic background and nationality can work and live in close vicinity in peace. And those who try to inflict violence will not leave even their own kin. The response to such violence should be reasonable and should not become a baggage for controlling whole nations.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I agree wholeheartedly! We can only accomplish what we desire with love, tolerance and understanding but not with violence! Thank you for writing on this!

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author avatar Jack Goblin
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Excellent article. Unfortunately, those who could best benefit from it are as unlikely to read and understand it as they are their Korans, Bibles, Torahs, or other writings used to excuse violence... :(

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