I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by me. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!
My answer to my own question is no.
There is just too much investment in the arms and ammunition industry, for peace to ever visit our planet. The military, industrial, political interconnectedness will ensure that we will always have strife of some sort in many parts of the world.
In my own backyard, I do not foresee peace in my life time, and for that matter, in my son’s life time either. I am not cynical. I am just being realistic.
I live in a country which has the world’s second largest Muslim population. I have lost friends to acts of terrorism on our soil. I have soldier friends who till today bear wounds acquired fighting an enemy sworn on Allah’s name to bleed us with a million cuts besides having fought wars with us. That country harbours known enemies of my land and regularly sends terrorists from sanctuaries there into our land to carry out acts of terror. I am naturally concerned about what is happening to the religion which has driven some of its adherents to violence and to killing innocent people in the name of Allah.
There is one young member of my family who thinks that I am nuts. He has got some muslim friends who reacted to Woolwich with tweets saying things to the effect that islam is a religion of peace. In fact, it was that information from him to me that led me to blog on Woolwich.
My posts that followed on Woolwich and Woolwich Again have generated some email traffic for me and two of them directed me to two different messages.
The first one is from a friend who asked me what I made out of the interview in the BBC shown here.
The other mail led me to this article in the Wall Street Journal.
This is an incisive and thought provoking article in the City Journal by a physician writer who has spent time within the prison system.
Dr. Dalrymple concludes his article with : “What these cases show is that it is not Islam that makes young converts violent; it is the violence within them that causes them to convert to Islam. The religion, in its most bloodthirsty form, supplies all their psychological needs and channels their anger into a supposedly higher purpose. It gives them moral license to act upon their rage; for, like many in our society, they do not realize that anger is not self-justifying, that one is not necessarily right because one is angry, and that in any case even justified anger does not entail a license to act violently. The hacking to death of Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich tells us as much about the society that we have created, or allowed to develop, as it does about radical Islam preached by fat, middle-aged clerics. “
All those who are puzzled as to why Woolwich and other such incidents happen, nothing could give answers better than this. This article deseves a much wider audience and I hope that my readers will spread it around too.