Monday, December 05, 2005

Khaled Berry

Please can you read the story of Khaled Berry?

It has given me the most insight into 7/7 bombers so far.

I will write more about this later, but I found this very thought-provoking- my first thought was, I would like as many people to read this as possible and then let me know their thoughts, so we can talk about it.


Anonymous Shadowfox said...

It is encouraging to read his way of thinking now and it offers hope for the future. But what we should be doing as well is trying to figure out how to separate religion and politics so that what happened on 7/7 does not have a chance to be repeated.
For forgivness we need understanding and that it my view is something much more difficult to achive. The bombers of 7/7 came from the UK. Dare I say the enemy within ??. People like Khaled offer hope that such warped reasoning can be stopped but where do we start ??

December 05, 2005 10:35 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shadowfox asks: but where do we start?

We start with our children. When we do not allow our children the freedom to enjoy their childhood innocence and therefore to learn to think for themselves, but instead force them to conform to the pressures and demands of the status quo, we produce people like the ones Kaled talked about:

"They are not bad people but they cannot differentiate between themselves and their ideology"


December 05, 2005 12:52 pm  
Blogger The Expat said...

"By the same token Bush sold wars on the idea of revenge."

In general terrorism is just a nasty cycle of violence of revenge. If people did forgive and weren't so eager to find someone to blame or punish for everything that goes wrong, we wouldn't be dealing with bombs on the Tube or planes flying into buildings. Often I've noticed that people will use their anger over an event as an excuse to punish someone who is not doing things their way. (A la Bush and Saddam). For a good example see the movies Ryan's Daughter or The Crucible.

I'd always thought that religion would teach people forgiveness in the face of loss, but often it seems to light the match.

I think extremists of any religion - Islamic or Christian - are equally as dangerous because they are taught 'this is the only way and if you don't agree, you are being blasphemous'. Where do you start? The poor.

Typically the extremist groups recruit from the poor and needy. What better place to find people with resentment against the establishment and a hunger for something better. Here are people struggling to feed and clothe themselves and along comes someone who gives them food and shelter. Then they offer them education with a very strong slant towards their beliefs. Have you ever seen those videos of little children singing the glories of becoming a suicide bomber? That's what they learn in school.

Of course there are those who join the 'cause' as they become adults. They are looking for purpose in their life or meaning to it and that happens to be the group for which things click for them. And for those, I don't know if there is anything that can be done. How do you identify those most likely to become mass murderers?

December 05, 2005 4:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have you ever seen those videos of little children singing the glories of becoming a suicide bomber? That's what they learn in school"... You could say the same thing about American children, rhyming off 'their' Oath of Allegiance to the American Flag! Brainwashed parents brainwash their children.....

December 08, 2005 1:20 am  

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