Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This

I’m still reeling from the terror attacks on my favourite city the other night. It’s been tough reading old friends and neighbours baying for blood and falling right into the trap ISIS set for them. I wish more people recognised what this writer does. It might help us deal with the threat more clear-headedly.

But I do have this: stop what we have been doing for the last 14 years. It has not worked. There is nothing at all to suggest it ever will work. Whack-a-mole is a game, not a plan. Leave the Middle East alone. Stop creating more failed states. Stop throwing away our freedoms at home on falsehoods. Stop disenfranchising the Muslims who live with us. Understand the war, such as it is, is against a set of ideas — religious, anti-western, anti-imperialist — and you cannot bomb an idea. Putting western soldiers on the ground in the MidEast and western planes overhead fans the flames. Vengeance does not and cannot extinguish an idea.

Source: Paris: You Don’t Want to Read This | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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