Modus.Ponens wrote: We should be investing in green technology so we can become independent of oil, which is how Saudi Arabia spreads its particularly hostile interpretation of islam. Similarly with Qatar. We should phorbid Saudi, Iranian and Qatari money to enter our democracies to fund these hostile interpretations of islam. We should have stricter border control and only let in true war refugees from Syria, because this unchecked border policy is causing strong social tensions and the rise of nationalist right wing parties.
I don't want to deviate from the main topic, but everything is linked in a way or another. The point you raised about investing in green technology is an excellent one, i ve heard Sam Harris raising it not long ago.
If we want to be objective, fair and neutral, we should admit that there is a lot of hypocrisy when it comes to western governments actions. On the one hand, they denounce extremism and they condemn radical Islam, but on the other hand, they indirectly support it by making political and economic ties with the most radical Islamic countries (Saudi and Iran).
They don't only purchase oil from these countries, but they sell them weapons helping them to commit more atrocities. Last month, human rights watch issued a report which states that there is a "compelling evidence" that British weapons are being used by Saudi Arabia in the war on Yemen, including against civilian targets.
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/07/12 ... -war-Yemen
The hypocrisy does not stop at that, but extends to the refugees issue. Seventy seven years ago the racism in Europe caused a massive Jewish immigration to the middle east, which caused another refugee crisis among the Palestinian people. Is it a coincident that most radical Islamic terrorists mention Israel and the western support of the Jewish state almost on every single occasion when they preach their hatred?
To what extent the actions of western governments contributed to the rise of radical Islam? Of course, that would never justify extremism nor make Islam a peaceful religion, but if we agree that Muslims should play a more serious role in eliminating extremism within their own societies, should not we also agree that westerners should become more serious in opposing the actions of their governments?
The world is much smaller than we think, and when one place gets f*** up, it affects the rest of the world. It is in the best interest of the west to help modernize the Muslim world, and it would cost them much less than waging war against radicals, all in my opinion.
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.