Spiny Norman wrote: Bundokji wrote:
Islamic fundamentalists are still a small minority and not very powerful, so let us not help to rise to power by repeating the same mistakes
I see what you're saying about history, the problem now is that ISIL are expanding their territory by military force, so it's does look rather like Hitler at the invading Poland stage.
In an ideal world the western powers would take a hands-off approach and let the Muslim world sort out the problem over a period of time - but is that even possible
Its worth mentioning that a big part of ISIL's forces are previous members of the old Iraqi army under the leadership of Saddam Hussein. The invasion of Iraq and the vacuum that has been left after Saddam Hussein is partly responsible for the rise of ISIL.
Personally, I am a bit cautious when it comes to believing what I watch in the news. For example, when the media wants to demonize a group of people (and this usually happens before taking military action) they will exaggerate the power of this particular group (remember the weapons of mass destruction!). They tell us what they want and how they want it! They are also good at selecting labels to describe a particular group. If a certain group form an alliance with the west, they are described as freedom fighters, but when they fight against the west they become terrorists.
When a group of people use knifes to behead other human beings, it looks scary and disgusting, but when a jet fighter throw a bomb killing hundreds, it looks as benign as a computer game!
The war in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan have never stopped, but we don't hear about them much in the news, why? Because the killing became very frequent and the news about them is not as amusing as when the war was fresh (the masses should be kept amused, should not they!)
Normal people like me and your good self, sit infront of the TV or the computer screen, and receive what the media selectively present, and many of us shape our beliefs about the world based on what we have been allowed to see, hence the killing of 17 people (which is very tragic) becomes a hot topic, and almost a million people rightly demonstrate against the action. However, only Buddha knows how many people are getting killed somewhere else as we speak. As it has been said: "out of sight is out of mind"
I doubt that the west will allow the Muslims enough time especially that normal/ naïve people from both sides are getting affected and carried away by what they see in the news. My name is Mohammad, and I can have a normal conversation with some westerners until they know my name, then they wince
Personally, from what I am seeing, I am not very optimistic about the future.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
This was the last word of the Tathagata.