Why ISIS wants Europe and the US to turn their back on refugees

 

… Hugo Sarrade, 23, was killed at the Bataclan. He was studying at a university in Montpellier and was in Paris to spend the weekend with his father and to go to the concert. “Hugo played the guitar and loved rock music. He was loving and full of kindness, and so open to other cultures and ways of life,” his father Stephane said.

Recently we have been hit by news of series of events that involved the murder of hundreds of innocent civilians in Lebanon, Nigeria, France and other countries. The world has been a witness to terrorist attacks that occur at the most innocent places – such as the one at a concert in Paris, where among 130 victims many were there for just that occasion just like above mentioned Hugo Sarrade. What was supposed to be an enjoyable night for many turned into a terror that the entire world will remember for its devastating consequences. However, these terrorist attacks that shook the world had more than one consequence – having taken so many innocent lives, it also created a huge backlash against Muslims all over the world and therefore the incoming Syrian refugees. This article will discuss the link between the terrorist organization ISIS, the Syrian refugee crisis and how the growing Islamophobia benefits ISIS.

So far, most of us have gathered that ISIS has no boundaries of what they won’t do in order to achieve their goals. But what does ISIS exactly want? ISIS claims that they fight to preserve Islam but this statement translates to something a lot more serious which is their aim to create a state that politically, economically, and religiously has power over all Muslims worldwide. We are aware that today our societies are very multicultural and with this being said Muslims are located all over the world. Especially considering the recent situations in the Middle East, a lot of people have left everything behind them in their countries in a search for a better life elsewhere. Others were left with nothing which was their motivation to build something in places where they won’t be violated, terrorized and forced to witness deaths of friends and family.

Nowadays, many people draw a connecting link between ISIS and Islam as ISIS members claim to be Muslims. However, it is absolutely necessary for us to be critical of these claims as it doesn’t take much time before one realizes that the practices and teachings of Islam rigorously forbid killing especially the killing of innocent people. Today, Islam has about 1.8 billion followers making it the second-largest religion. Taking this into consideration, can we really generalize 1.8 billion people based on a very small group of people that doesn’t even make up 0.1% percent of those who preach and practice against murder and intolerance? As Reza Aslan, writer and scholar of religions says: “Islam doesn’t promote violence or peace. Islam is just a religion and like every religion in the world it depends on what you bring to it. If you’re a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism is going to be violent. There are marauding Buddhist monks in Myanmar slaughtering women and children. Does Buddhism promote violence? Of course not. People are violent or peaceful and that depends on their politics, their social world, the ways that they see their communities. ”

In the recent years, due to the activities of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Bokoharam, Islamophobia in Western societies has increasingly become more present and the Muslim communities have been experiencing alienation, intolerance, hatred, physical violence and even death. What comes into question here is, what good can come out of blaming a quarter of the world’s population with the common denominator as Islam for the activities of a very small number of people that don’t represent Islam truthfully? Who benefits from this? As unbelievable as it may sound, the answer is – ISIS. Arie Kruglanski, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland who studies how people become terrorists, supports this idea wholeheartedly by stating: “This is precisely what ISIS was aiming for — to provoke communities to commit actions against Muslims. Then ISIS will be able to say, ‘I told you so. These are your enemies, and the enemies of Islam.’”

Islamophobia plays a huge role in how the Syrian refugee crisis is being handled as well. 31 out of the 50 American states have now declared that they will not be taking in any refugees, which is devastating news for many that are seeking to save their families from brutal terror occurring in their home countries. Many European countries have slowed down their intake of refugees and many are reluctant to welcome any since in October the International Business Times cited unknown sources that jihadists were plotting to disguise their terrorists as Syrian refugees and by doing so smuggle them into Europe in order to carry out terrorist attacks.

With everything that is currently going on, it is certainly understandable that we are horrified by the attacks and that we are scared that doing something as simple as going to the mall could be fatal. However, it is also important to remember who is to blame for this and to concentrate forces on fighting the terrorist groups rather than putting blame on regular people who are no different than anyone else with common sense who doesn’t support terrorism but are Muslims. If it isn’t prevalent to blame all Christians for the actions of the KKK, all white people for slavery and all Buddhists for the slaughtering of people in Burma, why is it prevalent that we blame all Muslims for the actions of ISIS? “As a society if we are to move forward, we will have to stay united,” Jocelyn Bélanger, a psychology professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal, says. “If we become more self-centered, if we exclude and alienate minorities, we play right into the hands of ISIS.”

 

 

 

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