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This was a well done documentary on the history of the rise of the Islamic State by PBS’ Frontline documentary.

Here’s the documentary on Youtube:

I’m more of a book guy so here are three books that I have found insightful into ISIS:

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liberal hypocrisy against Christian making them islamic

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  I’m responding to this because it’s a terrible article that no doubt probably has many people reading it but one that is plague with the lack of clear thinking.  HuffPo Religion often have articles that provides many examples of how not to do theology.  This is one of them.

Our writer begins his essay saying

The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of humanity, some 5.7 billion people, will be either Christian or Muslim.

Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities. The challenges we face as a global human family are profound: ongoing warfare and nuclear proliferation, global poverty and economic inequality, climate change and ecological degradation. How will humanity handle these crises and others if our two largest religious communities are embroiled in constant conflict, if misunderstanding defines our relationship?

Response:

  • As a Christian I definitely don’t want violence between Christians and Muslims.
  • What does our writer think is the source of the problem of lack of peace between these two communities?  It’s very telling when he says “Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities” and “misunderstanding defines our relationship.”  According to the writer it’s a result of misunderstanding between the two communities.
  • I do think there are misunderstandings among those in the two communities.
  • But misunderstandings is not enough of a reason to explain violence.  People often have misunderstanding of my ethnic minority background.  But that doesn’t mean somehow there’s violence done towards me in of itself.  It’s an inadequate explanation on the part of the author; ironically, it’s a misunderstanding that doesn’t account for radical Jihadists who commit violence against Christians who have been exposed if not even raised up in largely Western countries where one can’t just say it resulted from a mere misunderstanding.  Something deeper and more complex is going on and the author’s explanation is too simplistic.
  • If one identify what’s the problem wrongly, then don’t be surprised that the solutions offered would also be wrong.

 

So what’s our writer’s offered solution?  Here’s one suggestion he offered:

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not racism

Ryan Grim is the Washington Bureau Chief for the left leaning The Huffington Post.

He has a piece out today titled “Dear Islamophobes: Your Racism Is Putting Us All In Danger.”

Several times in Grim’s article he charged Islamophobes for being racists:

The challenge for the U.S., which Obama attempted to address in his speech on Sunday, will be how to put the racist genie back in the bottle.

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Even if deep in your gut you harbor deep fear or suspicion of people you think might be Muslim, do the rest of us this favor: Keep it to yourself. Don’t spread that fear and discrimination in the name of patriotism, if only because it is guaranteed to backfire. Your racism is putting all of us in danger.

I agree with the writer that we should not lash out violently against Muslims and we must be responsible for unnecessary heated rhetorics.  But if you are looking for careful nuance thought in the whole piece from Ryan Grim, chances of that is rather grim.

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The Great War of Our Time CIA Michael Morell

Michael Morell. The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism From al Qa’ida to ISIS by Michael Morell.  New York, NY: Hachette Book Group, May 12th, 2015. 384 pp.

 

They say the fourth branch of government is the bureaucracy—those men and women of the government who are not elected into office but who nevertheless play a key role in government policies from their day to day duties in various government agencies and services.  The intelligence community has their own bureaucracy and this is a memoir of one of them who went on to retire in his three decade career with the CIA as one of its deputy director.  While the word “bureaucracy” probably doesn’t sound interesting this book is far from boring since it is about one of the world’s famous intelligence agency and the author managed to write in a way that held my attention up to the very end.  A big factor is also the subject matter:  This is an insider’s look at CIA’s effort with the war on terror by an important player in that war.  And while the CIA went through the book to ensure no classified information was leaked, I was still surprised at how much the author could share in the book.

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