“The fact that the bombers are believed to have been born in the UK, demonstrates that terrorism is not a result of a lack of freedom, opportunity, living in poverty, and all the other “root causes” that are touted each time there is an attack. The root cause of terrorism, quite simply, is hate. The root cause of the hate in regards to terrorism is an ideological belief in a system of moral extremes that preaches and rewards violence perpetuated by hate. Hate thrives in both affluent and impoverished peoples and nations. The only thing moral extremism needs to flourish is an open and accepting ear, and the romanticization of a cause as just and noble.” Have Your Say on the BBC site.
That sentiment works two ways. I feel sorry for, and worry about, all of the British Muslims living here. One of Britain’s biggest strengths, I think is that she is a multicultural nation. Stupidity like this will only fan bigotry and acts of hatred against innocent people who genuinely want to live here, in peace, free to follow their own traditions and religious beliefs. How scared would YOU be to be a woman in traditional dress and headscarf, walking through a city centre or taking a bus after the recent bombings? I would be terrified of retaliation. Hate the sin, not the sinner, as the saying goes. And have some common sense and human charity…don’t lump every Hindu or Sikh together with the recent suicide bombers.
started quite a conversation over at on this same subject. Link here. There are a couple of rabidly conservative pro-Bush Amurricans on that community (ye shall know them by their gun-totin’ icons), but for the most part both Brits and Americans thought the article, and the sentiments therein, were total rubbish.
Hatred, ignorance and fanaticism of any kind are some of the greatest sins that man can have.