|Quoting fr8mech (Reply 35):|
You deny that some of their leaders (secular and religious, where there's a difference) don't go out of their way to foment hate against all things Western?
No, but I know the best way to effect change is to focus on the good deeds of the Muslims I've been fortunate to know, and encourage others to do the same. Not to pick on you, but your post did suggest to me that you had never interacted with kind and caring Muslims, but I now stand corrected. My point is that if I went around focusing on the actions of the Irish Republican Army or pedophile priests, it'd be downplaying all the good I see Catholics doing around me all the time. And no, I don't want to compare the IRA to the Taliban either. I want to focus on the good we see in most people every day, especially the good deeds of this young girl, and the up-swell of support she is getting as she goes through her current suffering.
I do hope that all decent human beings will recognize that education is an imperative for both males and females and work to banish contrary thought and practice. I hope this issue will be a turning point.
|Quoting Newark727 (Reply 36):|
Most people have a highly negative opinion of attempted murder. I am not an exception. I was simply first coming at it from an angle of bloodthirsty thugs ensuring that they stay on top of the pile, because anyone with a reasonable and humane creed would not be shooting fourteen-year-olds for their blog posts.
Maybe naive again, but I honestly spend time thinking about why these people join these organizations, and I don't think it's from hatred, I think it's from sheer ignorance. One of my friends is from Pakistan, and he tells me even educated Americans typically do not have the context to understand how little education there is in the tribal regions and how totally dependent the population is on the local cleric to get their world view, and chances are if your local cleric is very conservative or even militant, that's the world view most in that particular village will have. That provides the baseline support, and add to that the tiny minority of educated Muslims who are militant, and you have huge problems. The best way to fix this is to campaign for more education and more outreach, but as noted, that will take decades, and needs constant efforts on everyone's part.
|Quoting Newark727 (Reply 36):|
If that and subsequent postings about the nature of the Arab Spring that slipped in afterwards seemed a bit ambiguous and desultory, well, I kind of am that way sometimes
As am I, but as I've noted, this issue seems to have really focused me.
Also, I've seen many interesting topics here on this forum start off interesting but devolve back into some "discussed to death" topics that really deprive us of the chance to look at the new topic in any sort of depth.
|Quoting Quokkas (Reply 37):|
I don't know whether you count him among the "good" but chief of the army staff, General General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani condemned the attack, denouncing the attackers as cowards, quoting the Qur'an, 'the one who is not kind to children, is not amongst us” Kayani said the militants did not have respect for the words of the Holy Prophet.
Thank you for the summary of the support she is getting. I too found the words of the General touching, but also do know that the Pakistani Army has its own agenda, and I truly hope this General is being sincere. I also found the words of the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to be quite welcome.
It is also said that the assailants have been identified, but the authorities have not been able to capture them.
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