Relly wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:46 pm
I love how people will defend Muslims as peacefull, fully integrated citizens but are so quick to say, no you can't do that because it will upset the Muslims and they'll start killing people.
There is some truth to this. People often make equivalences with Christianity but just look at the differing reactions to depictions of Muhammad to say, Jesus.
I was going to post this earlier but I'll leave it here now, it's a talk by an Egyptian doctor called Tawfik Hamed. He is an ex Jihadist and describes the change in the Middle East over the past 70 years and why he thinks it went from being relatively peaceful to the situation we see now. He also breaks down the phenomenon of extremism (or whatever you want to call it), on a nation level and then in the mind of the individual. He debunks a lot of the oft repeated arguments, for example when people say extremism can't have anything to do with Islam because the majority of Muslims are peaceful (he uses an analogy of smoking; it's a scientific fact that most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, yet most smokers don't develop lung cancer, the latter statement does not contradict the former, even though most smokers will not get the disease we know that smoking causes it) and also the role of Western foreign policy and the Israel/Palestine thing.
Also makes some interesting hypotheses himself re: sexual repression and the correlation between peak testosterone levels and the age of suicide bombers.
If you have a couple of hours to spare and an open mind I'd recommend listening to him, it's really interesting and you'll gain far more from it than debating on here.
If anyone listens to it let me know what you think.