Lest we forget the mess in Iraq was created by war criminals Bush and Blair.
Curiously, there are many western nations and now Russia that have been bombing ISIS strongholds while ISIS strikes at will in the heart of the western world “Paris” killing and maiming many innocent civilians. This is the powerful poison called ideology. Poison a mind and anything can be achieved anywhere in the world…even citizens of France have taken part in the cold blooded killing of their own country folk!
The real heroes are the women Kurdish fighters who are facing the death cult and winning. But they have paid a very high price – being captured, raped, beheaded and enslaved…
Read the following, if you have the time, and see for yourself how the mindset of ordinary folk can be so easily twisted by devious evil people to convince peaceful Muslims to take up arms against the Kafirs… because of the entrenched ideology.
Note: Remember Timothy James McVeigh, a Christian white American citizen: On April 19, 1995, McVeigh drove a truck laden with explosives to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building just as its offices opened for the day. Before arriving, he stopped to light a two-minute fuse. At 09:02, a large explosion destroyed the north half of the building. It killed 168 people, including nineteen children in the day care center on the second floor, and injured 684 others.
The Pew Research Center just issued a report on Islamic beliefs: “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” (a one page summary here). The researchers surveyed over 38,000 people in one-on-one interviews in 39 countries—all countries having more than 10 million Muslims. Unfortunately, they left out Saudi Arabia and Iran, where, they note, “political sensitivities or security concerns prevented opinion research among Muslims.” This alone suggests that including those countries would have given the data an even more extremist slant than they had. Here’s where Pew surveyed:
For a quick overview, read the executive summary at the second link above; I suppose those who are both pro- and anti-Islam will find succor in that summary. For example, here’s how the countries rank in how their inhabitants see the compatibility of science and Islam:
and this may reassure those people who argue that support for terrorism is not a majority Muslim view (I’ve never maintained that, by the way, only that supporters of terrorism aren’t a tiny fraction of Muslims):
After considerable consultation with local colleagues, it was concluded that the only way to capture the elite dimension was to focus on highly educated groups occupying professional, economic, social, religious, cultural and bureaucratic positions in the mainstream social structures of their respective societies. The sample in each country was therefore stratified by those who were active in major legal religious organizations and highly educated respondents who were actively involved in professional, business, bureaucratic and cultural organizations. About 30 percent of each sample was chosen from the general public. In each group, between 20 and 45 percent of the respondents were women.