Throughout the world citizens witness an onslaught of violence committed by radical Muslims, but reasonable people may well wonder about a religion that serves as a base and foundation for inhumane behavior. There is an organization that is dedicated to the cause of exposing the danger of Islamic radicalism and extremism: The Clarion Project.org: http://www.clarionproject.org/
To this analyst, religion and ideology are commingled tightly among those of Islamic faith, and when they enter the free world, that bond they hold personally is challenged by higher order values for individual freedom, tolerance, liberty and respect for all.
Islamic law does not work in the free world. Tolerance for something that is intolerable shapes the essence of this conflict.
Just as the U.S. and world have declared that chemical and biological weapons are too inhumane and poisonous for manufacture, stockpile, and use, does not the poisonous ideology impose the same threat or worse?
What is religion?
“Religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to the supernatural, and to spirituality.”
Trouble begins when people holding spiritual beliefs and values become intent on imposing them on others. There was a time in history when religion was the law in some places in the world. That became problematic and outdated.
Democratic governments were formed that brought freedom, liberty, and justice to all, separating church from state. The instrument for enforcing laws became government and not religious institutions.
The trouble with Islam is that its practices and beliefs in the form of church law are harsh, cruel, and outdated in the free world. That circumstance is a principal cause for disharmony and eventual violence.
Now, the story is about the Taliban. Should free world nations such as the U.S. and “modern” Afghanistan tolerate and negotiate with the Taliban that is so conflicted with the free world and democratic reforms? What are the ways ahead?
1. Educate people to reject and diminish the Taliban.
2. Strengthen democratic institutions to protect citizens from Taliban.
3. Declare intolerance for Taliban everywhere.
4. Appeal to Muslims to moderate and modernize their religion.
“Afghan militants attack US consulate in Afghanistan, kill 2 Afghans
Published September 13, 2013
Taliban militants detonated two suicide bombs and then engaged in a gunfight with security forces near the American consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat early Friday.
The Associated Press reported that two Afghan security forces were killed, as were five of the attackers, while several other people, including police, were wounded.
The U.S. said all its personnel from the consulate in the city of Herat were safe and American forces later moved into the area to secure the site.
U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement that the assault began around 5:30 a.m., when "a truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers -- possibly firing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles -- starting firing at Afghan forces and security guards on the exterior of the gates. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate."