As a culture endorsing people whom would place a knife to another man’s throat with the intention to cut off his head for the expressed reason to put fear into their perceived enemy’s hearts and minds. What can be said of that culture that has not been said of our Western culture?
We are at a huge remove from what’s latently possible. We reside where we have placed our values. Everyone should be assigned this task to explore where you stand in relation to ISIS. Let each person struggle to find words to express what they feel. Beyond revulsion and labeling them as evil, most of us would come up short as to explaining this historical phenomenon. I know there are books that would do justice to explaining the injustices that these jihadist have experienced via or western dominance. But before you look elsewhere for some plausible reason behind their motivation to upturn our world, first begin to take note of your own thoughts.
On a side note, I read that in a a Palestinian refuge camp that it took years to find justification for the building of a public gathering plaza because it raised all sorts of red flags about the permanency of the camp and giving up the dream of return.
The plaza was built and this below is a reported exchange from the New York Times.
In the square the other day, Suhaib, a 12-year-old boy playing while his mother sat with her friends, puffed out his chest and said, “This is not a plaza for women; it is for men.” A group of girls playing with him laughed. “This is my place, too,” said Ganat, a 12-year-old girl who towered over Suhaib.
“We all play together,” she said.
I take heart from reading such stories. It makes the world not so scary. How we treat woman, children is cultural and the seed for all change will come from women being allowed more freedom. And we have to look only at the high percentage of females that will be raped on American college campuses as the fall school schedule begins to see that we have our own home grown issues.
As a child, I read about historic men/women whom made a difference but also I remembering viewing in the 70’s on the nightly ABC news Palestinian children throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers. I have no answers but I do feel that the larger conflicts in the world could be pacified by some real move on the the parts of these two people in conflict. Solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and we gain allies towards peaceful resolution. But short of Israel leaving the occupied territories, the cause seems hopeless. And if they did leave what guarantees of an abiding peace could be sampled. No, Peace begins with the public space where little girls take the right to be in a public space and to voice their views. These little girls will grow to be the brokers of peace.