After reading what I felt to be a naive albeit heartfelt article written by Aditya Divakar Karkera entitled “ISIS is not Muslim”, I felt compelled to respond. (CLICK HERE TO READ HIS ARTICLE IN TIMES OF ISRAEL). I admire the writers intentions and truly understand the message he is trying to get across. The problem is, that while he defends Islam, he has a very serious problem defending Muslims. Here is why.
Although I take some issue with some of his earlier comments, it is one of the last statements of his article where sadly, the argument completely falls apart. I say sadly because in my heart I want him to be right. I want it to be true that there are only 75,000 Muslim extremists. Maybe there are only 75,000 Muslims willing to commit acts of terror, but unless you actively oppose these people, as a Muslim you are more of an extremist than a moderate. What percentage of the remaining 1.5 billion plus Muslims actively oppose this extremism? There were more than 75 thousand Muslims protesting against Israel and in support of Hamas this past summer on any given day in Europe. Are they moderates? The people of Gaza elected Hamas. Are they not extremists? They are being taught to hate Jews from a young age, that we are pigs that need to be killed. Is that not extremist?
Iran is a nation of people led by a government committed to the destruction of Israel and opposed to western values. I am sure not all of the people living there feel that feel the same way, but the citizens are not exactly rising up against this. If we are to take the position of the writer, we need such a sentiment to come from more than one good person from India with the genuine desire to see a world free of hatred. We need the Muslims of the world that feel as the writer says they feel, to stand up and make their voices heard. Without that it means nothing.
It may be true that much of Islam peaceful, but I don’t hear of many Muslims fighting for peace. I don’t see tens of thousands marching against the extremists. I don’t see the young people throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails at terrorist headquarters. I would like to see that, but I don’t. The perception that Islam is a religion of violent extremists can only be dispelled by one group of people, and that is the Muslims themselves. We would all welcome that day if it were ever to arrive. Sadly there are no indications of that happening with any significance. As long as that is the case the argument made in this article won’t be accepted by the majority of people, and in my opinion, rightly so.
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It’s the topic we don’t often bring up, but it’s always somewhere in our minds. With all that is happening in the world one might think it is just a matter of time till we see the use of some form of a nuclear weapon. It’s a terrifying thought and quite frankly one that makes no normal person happy, regardless of where it would be used. We can choose to ignore the subject, a decision I would understand because of how frightening it is to imagine, but what I am going to do in this piece is break down the numerous scenarios in which it could happen.
I’ll start with the 5 countries that are members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. They are the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China. I believe the least likely of the to be presented with an option in which to go nuclear is China. Of the remaining 4, only Russia finds itself in a conflict close to home, but the fact that it is so close to home is the very reason not to use it. The concerning thing about Russia has always been that after the break up of the Soviet Union there was a concern that weapons were scattered in various locations. That fear has dissipated somewhat with the control Vladimir Putin seems to have over the area, but that being said, Russia is the country on the list I see as most susceptible to terrorist infiltration. The remaining three are all facing the potential threats of terrorist attacks by Islamic terrorists and should an attack be serious enough and the source identifiable, one can’t take a nuclear response off the table. That is something all would be reluctant to do unless the attack on them was nuclear, and even then it would be uncertain.
There are four other countries that are nuclear powers, three declared and not members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and one which is not a declared nuclear power but widely known as being one. There are more scenarios here and they are all quite terrifying. The first two, India and Pakistan, are the ones that might be seen as most likely to use a nuclear weapon on the other. Although the tensions between the two have calmed somewhat over the years, these 2 countries still don’t like each other and have very different global interests. I believe India would only consider doing so if forced into it and I believe Pakistan under its current leadership would not use it. But this is where it gets interesting. The Taliban has a significant presence in Pakistan and with neighboring Afghanistan still unstable and dealing with its strong Taliban force, no one wants to even think about what would happen should Pakistan’s government be replaced with a government aligned with Islamic extremists, or even worse a Taliban government. That would without doubt be a global game changer.
There are 2 countries left to speak of, one of which is the one undeclared nuclear power, Israel. Israel, like the nations in the Non-Proliferation Treaty, will only go nuclear if absolutely necessary, meaning if it is a matter of survival. Israel would not need nuclear weapons to wipe out Iran’s nuclear program and is more likely to keep Iran in check with the threat of reprisal should Iran get nuclear weapons and use one of its proxies to attack Israel.
I left North Korea for last. This was not an accident. It is unquestionably the most dangerous of all the nuclear powers. Besides the fact that their dictator Kim Jong has repeatedly threatened the U.S., it’s believed that North Korea helped fund the building of Hamas’s terror tunnels from Gaza to Israel. No one finds it hard to believe that Kim would have a problem providing Hamas or any other terrorist organization with a nuclear weapon. Like Hamas, Kim Jong’s Korea doesn’t care about his own people so he would have no problem contributing to a genocide of another people. I have no doubt Israel is watching him very closely.
The terrorism scenario is always out there of course, be it a conventional bomb or dirty bomb, especially since there are groups that have declared their willingness and desire to cause devastation in large western cities, most notably New York City.
All this is conjecture, but with all the conflicts going on today anything can happen at any time. Let’s hope this doesn’t.
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