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Munish , Jul, 29 2016

Bombs will not defeat ISIS, we need to counter their ideology, their existence


Military action is never an easy option, but it does offer us the illusion of having found an answer to the problem, a way of fixing this thing called terrorism, a chance of wiping out the threat. And perhaps we could be confident in this solution if we were fighting machines, but Islamic State is a human thing - a set of beliefs and prejudices and ideals that can spread from one person to another like a virus. We must be honest about this: you can't bomb an ideology out of existence. To allow ourselves to believe that you can is nothing more an abandonment of our responsibility to seek genuine, difficult and long-term solutions.
Military action is never an easy option, but it does offer us the illusion of having found an answer to the problem, a way of fixing this thing called terrorism, a chance of wiping out the threat. And perhaps we could be confident in this solution if we were fighting machines, but Islamic State is a human thing - a set of beliefs and prejudices and ideals that can spread from one person to another like a virus. We must be honest about this: you can't bomb an ideology out of existence. To allow ourselves to believe that you can is nothing more an abandonment of our responsibility to seek genuine, difficult and long-term solutions.

Sunil , Jul, 29 2016


One is left with some rather perplexing questions after the Paris atrocities . This was Islamist violence, but we are told these people are not "representative"of Islam or manifest a " distortion" of the true nature of the faith. I have absolutely no doubt this may well be the case, but how is anyone who isnt a Muslim supposed to know this for sure? After all, Muslims generally are discouraged from learning about, never mind embracing other faiths. This is an undeniable tenet of their faith. Apostasy is punishable by death in a number of Islamic countries. To the best of my knowledge in my sons local school The majority of Muslim pupils do not attend comparative RE lessons, join in Christmas celebrations or participate in religious assemblies, unlike the vast majority of Sikhs and Hindus for example. This is unhelpful if we live in a multi faith, multicultural inclusive society. It thus follows that if its ok for Muslims to be actively facilitated in shunning other faiths, which many consider to be a right then its hardly surprising that non Muslims may reciprocate by not knowing much about the Islamic faith and what constitutes acceptable behaviour and is normal within that culture. Therefore, when some Muslims complain that their faith is "misunderstood " then surely it is just as incumbent upon Muslims to embrace and educate themselves in other cultures, as it is for non Muslims, in order to build interfaith understanding?
One is left with some rather perplexing questions after the Paris atrocities . This was Islamist violence, but we are told these people are not "representative"of Islam or manifest a " distortion" of the true nature of the faith. I have absolutely no doubt this may well be the case, but how is anyon


Tarun Singh , Jul, 29 2016


Dealing with home grown Jihadis in the West is a more intractable problem. I dont believe they are created because of poverty or because they are immigrant communities with a colonial or historical grudge. There are plenty of other minorities in Europe that could claim past wrongs, they dont run down party goers with a truck. The root of all this is Islamic ideology. I am sure the vast majority of Muslims want nothing but a quiet life but Islam is a way of life not just a religion and it does not sit comfortably with Western secular democracy. The problem is that if we are to root out the problem we have to stop being the very thing we hold most dear tolerant and when we become intolerant of Islam we risk creating new recruits for IS. Eventually we will defeat these people but the question is how much of our own culture will we lose in the process. The wind seems to be blowing towards a renewal of European intolerance last seen 70 years ago.
Dealing with home grown Jihadis in the West is a more intractable problem. I dont believe they are created because of poverty or because they are immigrant communities with a colonial or historical grudge. There are plenty of other minorities in Europe that could claim past wrongs, they dont run dow


Vijay Arur , Jul, 29 2016


At a time when there were Nazis all over Europe, Bomber Harris made quite a difference. He did not win the war singlehanded, but he did his part. Now we are at war, and contrary to other wars in the MiddleEast, a legitimate war - ISIS started its terrorist rampage before France and others started bombing its bases and supplies. ISIS is pushing the logic of asymmetrical warfare to its logical extreme: the more odious the crime, the more effective in bringing about the civil disruption and ethnic slaughter it wants. No amount of political goodwill or extension of hands will deter it from its resolute strategy of universal terror against Muslims and infidels alike. There should be no qualms on its targets part about going to the other end of the assymetrical warfare paradigm, only considerations of efficiency. Only after Bomber Harris, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and superior technology denied Nazis and Fascists their logistical, land and organisational bases could de-nazification be seen as a realistic project. Addressing the faults in our societies is a duty anyway, and a duty which must not be seen as a means to fight terror. But fighting ISIS on the field, in earnest, not with token gestures, is the only means to clean its clock. Renouncing this duty will not bring peace, it will bring further atrocities.
At a time when there were Nazis all over Europe, Bomber Harris made quite a difference. He did not win the war singlehanded, but he did his part. Now we are at war, and contrary to other wars in the MiddleEast, a legitimate war - ISIS started its terrorist rampage before France and others started bo


Stella , Jul, 29 2016


The western countries that are on ISIS hit list and are targets of ISIS and its sympathisers terrorist attacks are ones that have been actively engaged in military attacks on ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria. We completely ignores the fact France and Germany declared war on ISIS first, not vice versa, and are now receiving terrorist blow back in a war against ISIS France, Germany. The terrorist attacks France & Germany have been suffering are not about global revolution or because "they hate us for our values", but instead are tit for tat retaliation for France and Germany bombing and killing ISIS fighters in the middle east trying to create a Sunni theocratic state there under ISIS. We also forget the fact it was western countries, particularly the U.S, reckless destabilisation of the region, particularly the invasion of Iraq and overthrow of secular Saddam that made ISIS the power it is today. Saddam kept an effective lid on Sunni extremism. Forced regime change via western invasion only served to create a huge vacuum Al Qaida and its ff-shoot ISIS have been all too happy to fill and expand. Western military invasions and assaults in the mid east created ISIS as the strong power it has become, and western military attacks have provoked the terrorist attacks Europe is now suffering. French and German citizens should be blaming their own governments for placing them at unnecessary risk of being attacked at home thanks to their governments foolish choice to pander to the U.S. by joining in with the U.S.s ill-conceived, reckless wars in the middle east.
The western countries that are on ISIS hit list and are targets of ISIS and its sympathisers terrorist attacks are ones that have been actively engaged in military attacks on ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria. We completely ignores the fact France and Germany declared war on ISIS first, not vice versa,


Shalini , Jul, 29 2016


Its too bad we have to hear this logic that bombing Isis just creates more terrorists. Its a serious misunderstanding of the fanatical religious mind set. They are killing cartoonists, striking countries that are not bombing them, and taking the cowards route and actually bringing back attacks on civilians that evokes World War Two on a small scale. People just dont want to look at religious militant fanaticism in the face and see it for the crazy bullshit that it is and like the klu klux klan in the early 19 hundreds , where there was a spike in people willing to join, there is a bunch of disgruntled nut jobs flocking to religious militant jihad now. I mean, is there anyone sane fighting for fundamentalist religious jihad anywhere on earth? For that reason, they have to be confronted hard on all fronts , drone bombing terrorizes the terrorists. Some rights are going to have to be stepped on , this is not your standard war and in fact, is very unfamiliar territory and needs different approaches and tactics.
Its too bad we have to hear this logic that bombing Isis just creates more terrorists. Its a serious misunderstanding of the fanatical religious mind set. They are killing cartoonists, striking countries that are not bombing them, and taking the cowards route and actually bringing back attacks on ci


abhi , Jul, 29 2016


I can concede that the West has a lot to answer for in the Middle East, and I certainly didnt support the Iraq war for example. If there was a prospect of some sort of constructive plan which might lead to things improving in this area, I think that funding could be found to help implement it. However the history of the area and its government seems to leave a rather unpalatable choice between dictatorships held in place by armed force, or all out chaos. Given all the religious folks around, and their propensity to get their followers to kill anyone who disagrees with them, quiet dictatorships begin`to look like the least worst option. Even Turkey which seems to be deteriorating into a religious one-party state will be supported to the tune of several billions by the EU, because other alternatives look worse.
I can concede that the West has a lot to answer for in the Middle East, and I certainly didnt support the Iraq war for example. If there was a prospect of some sort of constructive plan which might lead to things improving in this area, I think that funding could be found to help implement it. Howev