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Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:08 PM

116. The two most dangerous things that could come out of the Brussels mass murder

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would be a backlash that keeps refugees from being able to safely flee the terrorists, because the refugees are of a certain religion or racial extraction, and/or a successful effort by our fascist elements to win power or legislative fights by using the attacks as a propaganda tool.

I agree that overall, in general, political ideas and religious ideas can be discussed philosophically. My objection in this case is very specific and is limited to the conflation of the aims and actions of .001% of Islamic people with the rest of Islamic people, and the conflation of the stated aims/ acts/ results/ responsibility-of-supporters of Islam with those of our far-right political movement here. The practitioners/supporters of the two philosophies are polar opposites, in what they're doing individually and in how responsible they are collectively for the harm done by the active harmful minority that comes out of them. The issue's not about passing judgement on someone for judging Islam and saying 'that's not for me', it's about opposing the repug party saying openly 'due to these attacks, here's how we falsely judge all Islamic people, so we're making laws and using force to set those judgements in stone, in reality, for everyone within our very very long and powerful reach. Sit down, strap in, and shut up, because we're taking the reins of power and charging hard to the right.'

I have to admit that I never considered Pakistan as a pro-sharia democracy, due to the both long and recent history of coups, assassinations, CIA/ISI skulduggery, constitutional suspensions, mass detentions, manipulations against the Supreme Court followed by extreme judicial interference against vote integrity investigations, and election irregularities that include shootings and bombings. Pro-sharia, maybe.

I'm opposed to sharia law, too. I also don't like the anti-woman bent of Islam's fundies any more than I like our gov's pols' anti woman zealotry. I'm backing Bernie, too. But what to do about terror attacks, I don't know. I just know that anything the repugs propose ain't it. And no good course of action can come out of the factually incorrect ideas espoused by the o.p., whose author left this thread long ago.

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