So, of course, another terrorist attack has occurred. It is sad for me that France has been attacked and that 84 people have died. France is a country that is dear to me. It is a symbol of at times what real freedom can be, not the litigious and teaming with laws preventing just about anything that the US has become.
Details are still coming in – and many people have been injured.
But what I would like to do is not focus on the details of this attack, or mention the legion of terror attacks that occur in the US and around the world. I don’t even want to discuss how horrible or inhuman these attacks are – while of course they are both horrible and inhuman acts for a person to perform.
What is the goal of terrorism? This is what I want to focus on.
You might say the goal of terrorism is to cause terror, but I do not think this is the case.
The goal of terrorism is to force people to change their minds.
This is why those that don’t conform are killed. If you see someone that doesn’t conform getting killed you may want to conform (to whatever) in order to continue to exist. If a woman walks around without a head covering and gets mutilated by acid, then women on hearing about this in general will be more likely to wear a head covering.
A woman is raped because she is travelling alone and the community has this communicated to them the women will be less likely to travel alone (and more dependent on their male relatives).
A woman is seen alone with someone she is not related to or married to that is a male and she is killed in an honor killing by her own family – other women hear these stories and will tend to NEVER speak to anyone that isn’t a member of their family and thus be completely controlled by their male family members.
The people of France are attacked for not being card carrying Muslims that adhere to a strict definition of Islam – and maybe some of them think that they would like to be safe. That perhaps Sharia and Islam isn’t that bad, and that women shouldn’t be allowed to be alone, or walking naked in public, or ever without a male relative to ‘protect’ them.
So this is the principal. To use force to make people agree with you.
This is not moral. In fact, for our culture on Earth to be a moral culture then people from birth and throughout their lives need to be taught that it is not moral to force people to agree with you. That includes laws that are in favor of one religious group over another.
It seems, that the vast amount of fighting, wars, and terrorism – is caused by using physical force (or legal force) to force people to agree with something that is not what they believe.
Too often, cultures and religions teach that only ‘they’ are moral and good people. That the heathens, unbelievers, apostates are not human (dehumanized) and therefore not deserving of the protections that other (insert religion here) deserve.
So believing your group is better than all other groups and that using force to get members of the other groups to change their minds is allowed – you have people driving large trucks in to crowds of people enjoying themselves and not harming anyone and killing 84 of them and injuring who knows how many others. Or fly an airplane in to a building with hundreds of people in it. Or walk in to a crowded mall and set off a suicide bomb.
All these activities are the fault of the teachers of the children in teaching those children that in some way shape or form – they are the chosen ones. They are better than other people’s. Other peoples need to be made to be like us – or die.
Oddly enough, for their to be peace – there is one thing that might need to be forced – the teaching that getting people to agree with you cannot be done through force. How is that for a quandary?