In these dark times, in the aftermath of yet another terrorist-enacted atrocity, though we might be tempted to irradiate a few hundred square miles of the Middle East in retaliation, we must refrain. The explosive show of force is just the polarizing action that our enemies want, and to exhibit it would be to play directly into their hands.
Remember Battlestar Galactica? When the Cylons showed up on New Caprica? Remember how the suicide-bombing terrorists were the good guys?!? Consider that next time you’re calling for the systemic registration and possible deportation of an entire population based on their race or religion. Also, pick up a history book and read about how well that worked in real life.
Terrorism is neither a psychological illness nor a goal in itself. Terrorism is the kind of warfare that the weak wage against the strong. Here’s how to stop it working.
Source: The Philosopher’s Beard: What Terrorists Want – and How to Stop Them Getting It
FIGHT THE POW-WAH!!!
Five years ago, they were on the frontline of the Arab spring. Now rappers DJ Costa and Dya Hammadi are risking kidnap, jail and death to fight Isis with hip-hop.
Source: ‘We’ll be the first they kill’: the Tunisian rappers taking on Isis | Music | The Guardian
Institutionalised bigotry causing disenchantment among hot-headed youth, perhaps? The best recruitment posters for ISIS and their ilk seem to be the Republican party–and Donald Trump–at large.
What is scariest about Paris and San Bernadino is that the attacks were the work not of immigrants, but their kids. How can we reach them?
Source: Why Do These Young Muslims Hate Us? – POLITICO Magazine
Credit where credit is due: I think Obama has the right idea here. Obviously, the whole GWB-style, unilateral, “guns blazing” approach doesn’t work so well in the long run.
The president and his opponents view terrorism in entirely different ways.
Source: Why Obama Isn’t Afraid of ISIS
Would you believe that terrorism works? Do you remember how different life was before 9/11/2001? Would you believe that the West is reacting exactly how they planned for us to?
Following the Paris attacks, France, the United States, and our allies may opt for all-out war. But even if ISIS is destroyed, its message could still captivate many in coming generations.
Source: Paris: The War ISIS Wants by Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Because Congress and Hollywood both know to leverage the power of the Internet </sarcasm>
Lawmakers despairing over the Islamic State’s success in recruiting on social media proposed that the U.S. government create more viral memes, possibly with Hollywood’s help.
Source: Senators Want to “Blow ISIS Out of the Water” with “Fancy Memes” – The Intercept