Terrorism is, unfortunately, alive and well in our world. There is no denying that we’ve seen a noticeable spike in the past seventeen years. But what exactly can we do to prevent it? Well, I don’t hold any of the answers, but I do have an opinion. That’s better than nothing, right? Well, I mean, not really. There’s a time and a place for an opinion. Right now the amount of opinions people have surrounding the issue of terrorism is pretty large. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone’s opinion is very different.
These are just my thoughts though. They reflect no other opinions of people I know, work with/for or, well you get the idea. My opinion, if you disagree or think otherwise, then let me know! It’s always good to have a discussion about important issues.
No place for political correctness
I think the main problem we have in the media currently is that they’re too afraid to say what they see. For me, when there’s an attack by someone on a group of people, chance’s are that it’s a terrorist attack. Now I’m not saying you can’t have regular attacks, but let’s be fair, define a regular attack.
The very definition of terrorism is an attack on civilians for political gain. So what exactly constitutes political gain? That’s a very broad subject that terrorism can fall into, right? Like I said, not every attack is a terrorist attack. If I attack someone with a pencil then that’s not a terrorist attack, I’m not gaining anything from it. So from there, you have to really question what terrorists would do with political gain.
Possibly the first thing the terrorists would do with complete political power is shut down Wetherspoons. More depressingly though, there’s no real motif behind their actions apart from two very different things. We’ll be taking a look at those in the rest of this article.
The biggest motif for mainstream terrorism is religion. ISIS, the KKK and the IRA are all terrorist groups who all believe in a religion. Islam, Catholicism, they’re all the same. Now I don’t know if anyone reading this knows, but I’m not the biggest believer or fan of the metaphorical man upstairs. Sure it’s nice to have an imaginary friend for the tough times, but let’s be fair, if you’re drowning, he couldn’t give a shit.
So why would terrorist groups be formed around religion? Well there’s the most obvious point that it’s in their scripture and books. They’re acting on what they believe, and that leads to multiple different problems.
Let’s be fair, the most common group to carry out terrorist attacks in modern history is in the vein of Islam. See, that’s not to say they’re all terrorists, of course they aren’t. There is a very minute, small group in that religion that are blowing shit up. The problem there is that, they’re reading the exact same stuff as everyone else. That’s the problem with religion, the material is there for you, but it’s open enough that you get your own message. With that said, you could read the bible, have your own message from it and you wouldn’t be wrong according to religion.
Basically, if you think the bible is a pile of shit, then, well, you’re not wrong. Nor are you right though, because people will be on a complete different end of the spectrum to you. There’s too much variety in religion.
Leading on heavily from religion is an idea of morals. See, one of the main aims of religion (apparently) is to give everyone a strong moral compass. Why an outdated fiction book can hold so much power over someones conscious state will forever be a mystery to me.
My opinion is that, your morals shouldn’t be influenced by another person. If you can’t make a decision without the help of scripture or an old book, then you simply haven’t developed fully as a person. A lot of the time, people ask “What would Jesus do?” I’m not sure Jesus would do anything if he was asked to choose between his iPhone or his marriage. Who knows? It’s more important to know what you would do, rather than anything else.
Sure, it’s fine to let it influence you a bit, but those that use the bible or other religious texts to the word are doing it wrong. Remember, if you’re using the bible, don’t wear clothes that are made of more than two fabrics (Leviticus 19:19.). Apparently that’s wrong in the eyes of God. Here’s one for all you slave owners out there. “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5)
Aren’t I glad I was raised in catholic schools.
How we stop terrorism
This is just my humble opinion. In the past few years we’ve seen a rampant uprising in the amount of terrorism in countries around the world. I’ve heard a couple of people say that it’s this religion or that religion’s fault. Well, why not just get rid of religion? Hear me out on this. I’m not saying all religion is bad, but they’re all flawed in their own special way. With every group, there’s always going to be that small percentile of radicals, even with bingo groups.
The problem we face then is that they believe what they are doing is right. What they are reading, being taught and learning is what is fuelling this. So the only way to stop terrorism would be to stop the source of what’s fuelling it, a love of God. If you truly believe that blowing yourself up and taking as many people with you will bring you closer to God, then you not deserve the right to practice your chosen religion. Whether that be Judaeism, Buddhism, Catholicism, whatever it is, there’s no excuse.
Think abut it like this, I’ll leave you all with a question. Name a terrorist attack from the years 2000 – 2017 that wasn’t because of religion. A mainstream attack that killed multiple people, left irreprable damage. September 11th,