The Way to Stop Terrorism – Stop Spreading It
The deaths that happened in Paris last week are a horrific tragedy and a crime, and the people who committed these murders are certainly human scum.
I don’t usually post on political happenings in this blog, yet I decided that I wanted to say something because this series of events has the potential to spark either a very negative or very positive reaction.
Now this is a time of grief and people’s emotions are going to be very raw about this event. Yet we must be careful, very careful about people in positions of power manipulating our grief, anguish and fear for their own political and financial ends.
I will make it clear that I personally am no pacifist. I understand that sometimes violence is necessary for self defense, and I don’t think people should sit by idly if their lives or freedoms are in danger. Yet we must always take care to respond to crimes with justice, not to lash out in vengeance and hate.
Right now, as there was around 9/11, there is a public outcry to “do something.” Key heads of state are saying that there needs be more surveillance of the internet and our other freedoms in order to limit “terrorism.” Others are saying that this situation calls for more war, more invasions and bombing of muslim countries.
After 9/11, when America started to invade countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of terrorist incidents around the world increased – not decreased, and our civil freedoms have been restricted – not improved. We now live in a time where government officials can read your emails, listen to your phone calls, and grope your genitals at an airport all in the name of “protecting your freedoms.”
The amount of hysteria about muslims is also frankly ridiculous. I rented out a basement from a muslim family for three years and I can tell you that the only gun I ever saw my Iranian landlord wield was a staple gun. Muslim communities and all serious muslim scholars around the world have been universal in their condemnation of the Paris attacks.
So is spreading more hate and terror in Islamic countries really going to make the West more safe for freedom and peace? Is this going to lead to a dialogue where our countries and their countries can find a way to peacefully coexist with one another?
Sometimes the greatest strength is restraint and sometimes the greatest wisdom is understanding. It is time to start a global dialogue for peace, justice and real freedom.
One suggestion to losen the grip of fear:
January 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm
Don’t just blame America on these Attacks we got hit so we couldn’t just sit on our butts and do nothing.(9/11) There was others who invaded those places as well we wasn’t the only ones.. The British helped us etc .We try to warn about these things and no one took it really serious .France turn away when we had 9/11 but some parts of the Middle East helped us . I am sorry for the lost of what happened and it should not be at France Now Muslims that are peaceful are going to get blamed for these rogues As for the Middle East and the invade I had a cousin who lived there and said the people was not upset they wanted to be freed and what media puts up is false . I don’t know why People have views of America and lots of are not right .Listen to our media and of course it makes it worse. You don’t truly know unless you lived here but still even if you live here people are going to believe what they believed .Oh we are not all going Paganism either we all different here .Free to be what we are .Take care for whatever 2 cents is worth.
January 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm
There is more to the story than US got hit. Who did the hitting, and so on and so forth…
To do SOMETHING without finding out cause and effect is counter productive, at best.
January 17, 2015 at 10:14 am
Ya then where is the evidence of the Twin Towers and the Military building that was hit ?.They hit more than shows here .Not just this .Tell me So its ok to hit one Country and its no big deal for another but when they get hit it a big deal and poor me huh? Twin Towers and other building was hit by a plane .If you don’t live here you would not fully know .People was killed and it was Terrorist ..People would only know by the crap they see and I wouldn’t trust CNN media is not all perfect.
January 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm
Go to New York ad try saying that to The New Yorkers who was there and go put flowers on the Memorial Graves of the dead and also the other Building.. that was hit by the plane I seen it happen I Know so..
January 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm
“Ya then where is the evidence of the Twin Towers and the Military building that was hit ?.”
Follow the links from VT.
January 18, 2015 at 8:33 am
Firecook. I wanted to send you this message privately, but since I can’t find a way to do that, I’ll just write you here.
It’s fine to have a heated debate, and I welcome such things. But when you get to the point where you are typing insults to people on this blog I will have to delete your comments. All of the comments you do not see on here were deleted for being too inflammatory – or an ad hominem attack on the person you’re arguing with, rather than a debate about their ideas. I will not let people personally insult each other in this space.
I try to keep this a civil space for debate. We cannot let the comments section descend into an internet flame war. Hope you understand. Thanks
January 20, 2015 at 11:45 pm
Ok that’s cool but what about here links and her attacks ? I am not mad as I write this I was wondering does she get scotch free? She was pushing her views on me I didn’t ask for her links and tried to really make her go away by saying that We are not really a Empire and we do not live by Kings or Queens you know that. We very will remember 9/11 it is not a fading memory Are you just telling me this or are you doing the same to her? if not please ask her to stop and I will stop. .
January 21, 2015 at 1:27 am
She was debating a view point. You were saying that she lived under a bridge and had diarrhea in her mouth. I think there is an obvious difference. As you will notice, I did not delete your other comments, just the ones that were obvious insults of character. I have rules for how people will treat each other in the comments section. Don’t say anything to anyone that you wouldn’t like them to say back to you. If you don’t like my rules, don’t post.
January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am
Well don’t worry I won’t Thanks anyway Those was not views. I didn’t ask for those links and they are other people opinions someone wrote not true facts I wrote that because its my right to protect myself when one tells me crap and don’t I don’t have to take it Like yes she has her view even if it is twisted and I do pity her for you can have pity but hate the action till then Have a nice day and please do not comment to me anymore …Last email!!WFC’s
January 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm
That is cool I am sorry But I am asking and not of anger is she being treated the same for she is also in the wrong and giving me Links I don’t care for really. We know we don’t live like an Empire for we have no Kings or Queens Nor have we forgot 9/11 anyways I wish to know is she treated the same with her links? or is it just me .I hope this is fair of your idea .Sorry that it was done that way but she push it as well .I do hope the links she choose to put up will be removed that was sort of inflammatory in a way and I do hope you see it that way. Please ask her to stop and remove her comments as well its only fair but if not Oh well Thanks for stopping this But I still feel that she as well attacked me wither emails and Links Now Take care and Good Luck with your blog and Life goes on! (Oh would you answer my email one last time if you would? If you don’t ok No Big wolf..
January 21, 2015 at 1:47 am
Hi Metalgaia sorry about that but I felted under attack and also tried to tell her to leave me alone when I told her to pissed off. Then she had to go force her Links on me .I am wondering and I am not mad or upset but is she having her stuff removed are you talking to her as well or am I just being sent an email.. That wouldn’t be fair if it was me that she was forcing her views on me with her links Provoking me. We know that we are not an Empire because we don’t live under King’s or Queens we live under a Democratic way and 9/11 is on our calendars and boy do I remember every year but as I was saying not to get off topic I do hope you ask her to not place her views on me anymore and to leave me alone..She shouldn’t have acted in that manner either both of us shouldn’t. Please be fair Thank you Glad it stopped. On to life and you have a good one….Firecook..’You know the War has stopped when the sun has risen and the sound of silence” I wrote that;)
January 21, 2015 at 2:14 am
January 21, 2015 at 2:36 am
Not cool you didn’t remove her stuff but mine ,,She did provoke me Thanks any ways. If its to be fair it would have been both not just parts or one.. Not mad just my 2 cents oh also could you removing 3 messages to you? The one with a poem was for you not the others they was a mistake .I can’t message you either or erase the other messages that I wrote. Thanks
January 21, 2015 at 2:57 am
Your so much more educated then most of us. You really do understand whats happening in the world. Not just what the TV tells us. You will make a good leader in the future when things strart to really change in the world. When the planets resources are low and people don’t have enough food to eat or gas to put in their car. I believe u will be strong for yourself, your loved ones and for others even people u don’t even know.
Remember we are all gods children even if your god is something like nauture or even goodness.
People arent born murders or racists they are taught to be that way. We need compassion and empathy for everybody. I’m so proud to be your cousin/uncle. 🙂
January 17, 2015 at 6:00 am
Thanks cuz! Glad to have your support!
January 18, 2015 at 2:29 am
It is the fault of Western imperialism that this occurred.
January 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Ya sure you don’t live here don’t judge .Where is your facts? You just hear things and your emotions get bent and you don’t think clear? We are not imperialism .We have freedom to think and do and nothing is wrong with that…
January 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm
“We are not imperialism .We have freedom to think and do and nothing is wrong with that…”
January 18, 2015 at 8:34 am
You are showing something from Youtube? Really ? I pity you To Live by Youtube.I like Youtube but I know how some is not all knowing .Sorry can’t see this. re fix the link and I’ll try to talk to you like an adult . Have you ever been here ?Do you live by Youtube?Are you sure you are smart to be thinking on your own? Because if you was suppose to be showing me some type of Youtube facts and If you don’t live here then be careful of fake stuff The Twin Towers did fall ! Go to New York Look with your eyes and see .We are free here we may have government problems all types of crap but I can have food a home I can be a woman if I want to without a dictator saying what I can do .My family won’t be killed for Freedom of speech This country is not perfect but who is and stop making point out of videos .Any body knows on Youtube you can change it to whatever it is. I don’t trust what you say because your fact are base on Youtube. Lol Sorry the Twin Towers was destroyed by Terrorist .They aim right at them Because they wanted to hit Americans in the Heart which is in New York .and if we are the so call imperialism for Freedom of Rights to free speech .then oh well suck it up If you hate Americans oh well (which I don’t hate you I think you are pest).Now stop bugging with stupid videos If you never lived here and you only have videos to show then you shouldn’t really be talking of someplace you truly don’t know. Have a good life and no more comments It is over Time to go forward onto your life….
January 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm
Was this better?
Please feel free to google “us empire” and find out for yourself.
January 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm
And do NOT tell other people to shut up, when you yourself lack argument….
January 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm
I am going to un follow I really like your site and I am sure you are a cool person because you like metal and pagan and such as I but I don’t like arguing where people blame one country and don’t have any real facts on what happen (9/11) .that link was missing some truths on one post. People who truly never live in America or really known this Country and they hear haysays or what others say on this place .It seems like people want to believe what they wish to hear than go to the real source instead of false information. I can’t speak for every American because we do have jerks but when one judge this Country don’t judge all the people ..Not cool when you blame one Country and when something happens to other no one tears them down. I do like all countries but I don’t travel because I worry for what I am people will judge me. I don’t go if I am not welcome but my money is .No one is perfect in any Country and we all have blood on our hands .You know animals are better than humans because they don’t really care who is who like a dog and wolf video I just seen on WordPress..Now if we could learn to be like animals maybe this world would be a bit nicer Take care and lots of wisdom to you
January 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm
I guess the point I was trying to make was that I don’t like the idea of blaming one group of people by default for the crimes of a few. Once again my condolences go out to victims of the horrible tragedy that took place last week – as well as all terrorist tragedies, including 9/11 and the recent 2,000 dead at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
However, what I am speaking out against is a climate of fear created by a media conglomerate and political elites. It’s certainly not a polar case where certain people are always right or always wrong. However, what is alarming is when people in power can manipulate people’s fears, people’s anguish and people’s grief to commit actions of retaliation and violence.
I certainly don’t agree with sitting by and doing nothing when tragedy strikes, and I’m sorry if I gave the impression that I support such a thing.
Yet I think it’s important to take the right action, the logical action and the action that will build a road to future peace, not just retaliating out of rage. If we need to go to war with a certain group of people because that is the outcome that will make the most people safe, than so be it.
Were the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq right or wrong? Many can debate over these matters. Yet I think one can still love their country and question its actions. I myself am an American and know people that were effected in the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon.
I support whatever action makes my country peaceful and safe for freedom. I also support actions that help make the world safe and peaceful for freedom. But I honestly don’t think our current actions are doing that. There is much more radical extremism and terrorism in the world today than there was before the 9/11 era in terms of terrorist groups. Therefore, I don’t think our current tactics are working as well as they could, despite our intentions.
Should I have brought this up on this blog? Maybe, maybe not. My intention is usually to keep things focused on the music and the spirituality, since politics are a sore subject that piss people off. I probably won’t make too many political posts in the future. However this is a spiritual blog, and what I see in the world today is the creation of a lot of spiritual extremism in many different communities – and I think politics can play a role in that – creating a lot of “us versus them” kinds of thinking. It pains me to think of the people suffering from this kind of atmosphere, and I feel like if I don’t say something, I’m almost as bad as the people spreading the hate.
I think Russell Brand makes a good point about spiritual transcendence – in that the first step is establishing peace in the world is to create peace within ourselves. I thought it was a good point to share.
Best wishes to you firecook. Thanks for reading my blog.
January 18, 2015 at 2:22 am
Please do not avoid these kind of articles. They are a very valuable contribution to the general discussion that need to come to the Surface.
“My intention is usually to keep things focused on the music and the spirituality, since politics are a sore subject that piss people off.”
If people are not pissed of/concerned, nothing will progress for the better. I feel an urge to quote Grandpa Simpson:
Marge: Grampa! I’m not afraid!
Grampa: Then you’re not paying close enough attention.
And the right kind of emotion is key to change:
Keep up the good work.
January 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm
I guess that’s a good point. One of my old co-workers taught adults English as a second language. He would bring up topics that pissed people off, just so they would be inspired to have a debate and talk more about it. For example one of his student’s was from China and the other from Taiwan. So he brought up Taiwan Independence on purpose so the two ladies would have a big, heated argument in English – forcing them to practice their English skills more.
But yeah, I guess it’s good to get people to question things – even if it makes them uncomfortable. Because if you really are paying attention to what is going on in the world you should be shitting bricks – definitely got some anxiety going on here about all the stuff going down in our world today. No doubt about that.
January 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm
Keep a helicopter vision and smell the flowers. Both feet on the ground, and spirit in heaven. And when needed, to qoute W Cooper:
“Walk Softly, But Carry a Big Stick!”
My take on this is to apply a consistent philosopy of Natural Law, do not cause harm, and to practice the art/balance of not following order. In the sense that one must Always assess right and wrong action. Not very comfortable, but refreshing,in a weird way.
January 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm
Hi I am sorry for what was to come on your post I agree on what you said about media and politics Government and etc that is one thing that I guess people shouldn’t write and other thing is religion that is another bad topic .I don’t trust the media here and what got me as well upset was one post there was a link and it looked as if they was saying that There was no Twin Towers that fell or the Pentagon and its myth but we know its not. I sometimes feel that I am judge when I say I am American and for what others have done and its not right to judge me for others mess ups .I like your blog and videos and you seem totally cool Hey on the Boko Harlem you said it was Nigeria .ok I thought it was in France now I am confuse what in the world is going in our world? Sorry if I sound dumb .I think as long as we have negative forces in this world we won’t have no peace .I hope you don’t mind I will follow I won’t worry on a few people views because I don’t want to miss your blogs. Sorry I can’t focus today not one of my good days. I will follow you and I will try to stay out of trouble (Middle name here;)Till then keep the good work!
January 18, 2015 at 3:25 am
No problem Firecook. No offense taken, everyone’s allowed to have an opinion. I appreciate that you like my blog.
I guess the news is confusing right now because there were the attacks in Paris that killed 12 at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters. The same week, there was a Boko Haram attack in northern Nigeria that lead to the deaths of 2,000. So I thought I’d mention them both.
Have a good day.
January 18, 2015 at 4:14 am
Yes the news is but I don’t trust CNN or some other medias because of what they said about When we hate the Middle East and I heard different stories from the Middle East that the news said the people was unhappy of us being there and I had news from inside Middle East that they was happy for us to being there from a cousin who lived there. People are going to blame us no matter what .They don’t understand .And as for the Terrorist they only know one Tool and that is Fear and many people buy into that. Well I am not going to details .I think its a waste of thinking space where can focus on better things how to try to peace with myself help others .I hope I have not offend you on anything if I have sorry. Your words are kind and I do feel sorry for all those people really no one should be Killed like that. .Terrorist are a bunch of Bullies who can’t think for themselves,
well better go before I get to crazy on this part. Take care;)
January 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm