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My thoughts on (religious) extremism and the current political climate [May. 26th, 2017|06:19 pm]
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Before I get into the more controversial things I have to say, I would like to start this post by expressing my condolences. Not just to the victims and their families of the Manchester attack, but also to the victims and their families of all terrorist attacks. Whether they happened clos to us in our own country, Europe, further away in the US or in even in the Middle East or another part of the world.

I wholeheartedly agree with the messages we see online and in the media, like that of blood donor Ian, that we need to stand united as a community against (religious) extremism.
BUT, much as violence isn’t the answer, it’s ok to be angry.
It’s a natural response to be angry, even enraged.
We just shouldn’t let that anger and even frustration turn us against a whole community or religion.

All of that said, let’s get to the more controversial part of this post.
Terrorist attacks executed by extremists are as much the fault of said extremists as our politicians.
Our politicians who have, for absolute decades, allowed and sometimes even encouraged immigration integration to fail.
This has led to frustration (on all sides of communities), discrimination and a whole other slew of issues. Which, in turn, have led to extremists and extremists finding easy targets in the community with people frustrated with their lot in life.
Note how I do NOT condone extremism in any way, shape or form, I’m just saying that if integration hadn’t been such a shambles, things would have very likely been very different.

And I lay the fault for a lot of that with our politicians, who make rules and regulations in our countries. Who are always so quick to respond in outrage after an incident or attack and then proceed to take away more and more of our privacy, rights and freedom.
Terrorists take the lives of the victims of their attacks, but it is the politicians that are taking all of our lives, bit by bit, by taking away our civil rights and liberties.

Their constant mismanagement, not only on national levels, but also by the EU officials (whom we have often not even elected as a people, so far for democracy) and government, which continues to further a globalist and corporate agenda. An agenda that benefits a select few, rather than to think of the good of the people they should be serving/looking after to have their best interests at heart and in mind.
These people are in a very large part to blame for the current climate we live in.
As much to blame as the (religious) extremists responsible for the recent strings of attacks from the past few years.

Sadly, violence only results in more violence.
Angry people (and who can blame them for their anger, really) are already banding together.
We see a constant rise in votes for the right wing spectrum of political parties.
Jonathan Pie actually has an amazing (albeit angry) video explaining the reason behind this. As I agree with him wholeheartedly, I’m just going to put it here for you all to watch.

This all said, if we don’t find a way to change matters, to express that we are properly fed up with the way things are and are getting worse and worse by what feel the minute, in a peaceful and constructive way, we will end up seeing a lot more violence and loss of personal freedom.
Sooner rather than later.
The many riots in France and the general situation in Sweden (even though main stream media have done their utmost to keep these things under wraps) are a perfect example of this.

It’s only a matter of time before we see terrorist attacks executed by homeland terrorist groups, because people are just that fed up. Let’s for once learn from history and make sure not to go back into era where the IRA and ETA attacks took place.
If (and if nothing changes that if is probably best replaced by WHEN) we get to that point, we’ll _really_ be screwed. It’s not 1984 quite yet (close, but not completely) so let’s make sure that it stays that way…

Obviously, I encourage civil debate on this post, so please leave a comment, engage, give me your opinion.
And please, don’t be afraid to disagree with me if you do and share your opinion.
I am totally open to that, as long as you do it in a polite and respectful way.
I put this up to open conversation/debate, not to start a flame war, after all :).