I was online earlier today and noticed a comment on a friend’s status about an article that appeared in the canadian news papers about a Canadian kid who went over to ISIS and made a video to warn Canada.
Now, please understand. I don’t like war. I think it should be avoided at all costs. I do know that sometimes, just sometimes it is justifyable. I also look at these stories with a grain of salt when it comes from the mainstream, and i don’t look at it from angry eyes.
My friend’s anger was almost of a nature of fire and brimestone. He condemned the kid in the story, called him traitor, denouncing him for joining a cause.
My friend in question was from anger, real anger derived from coming from Lebannon, a country were war is real and religious hate groups are real. He has family that still lives there in fact.
The anger directed at ISIS and ISIL is to me, crazy and extreme in itself. People are righteous in their hatred and anger for them without really able to express why.
I pointed out to my friend that coming from a view that I had no emotional attachment going either way I could see why and how these groups have sprung up and quite frankly, don’t blame it for happening. I believe we Canadians would do the same if we were in their positions. In fact, history shows we have in our early beginnings. Not based on Religion but on a goal.
This is the same for ISIS and ISIL. I can’t see them as some monster in the dark who will cut off my head. I can’t, and anyone who looks at the world with an open mind, will see what caused this situation in the first place. Plus when you have watched this all your life, in these countries then you can see the progression and know that these groups are desperate people.
Now before you go on a rant, think for a moment.
These countries used to be peaceful for the most part. Every once in awhile one would break out in war and always, ALWAYS, the american military would be there. When I was younger, I would watch the news and it was always put forth that the american troops were there to stabilize the middle east. To bring peace again to a “war torn” nation. We don’t hear that anymore, we don’t even see the media even try to tell us that anymore.
Many of these countries are very powerful. The reason for this is they are oil producing countries that control a huge portion of the world’s oil supply. By destabilizing their governments and plunging those countries into wars, the american government can send troops in under the pretense of protecting the people and oh, protecting the oil as well.
I remember watching on the news, the footage of the american troops on the oil fields trying to put out fires. Spouting flame from the ground going a mile high into the air under high pressure and extreme heat. Yeah. Very rarely did I see footage of a soldier saving civilians in those countries. I did happen, but now that I think back on it, it was usually when the world started to question the american involvement. That would be when we would see footage of soldiers carrying injured children from rubble to get medical attention (allegedly).
Now here we are almost 40 years later, those middle eastern countries are in no better shape then when I was a kid. New groups have sprung up and of course the media and the western governments condemn their actions and outrage follows from civilians who look no further than the 2 minute news story on their tv screens or the newspaper column.
This is where i have issues. We have a means at our disposal that gives us more information, more quickly than the news media can put out. The Internet.
I myself use this as a source. Like all sources, it is not always reliable and sometimes it can be dead on reliable.
I look at all sides of the picture and come to my own conclusions, and I don’t assume the view that is portrayed my mainstream media. Why? They simply don’t check sources anymore.
I look at the videos and blogs from the people of those countries, the videos and blogs of the soldiers themselves.
Did you know there is a huge amount of videos of US soldiers who are condemning what is being done and they also testify on camera that they are being ordered to kill, rape and beat innocent civilians in those countries? They get awarded by their superiors for their “first kills”. One horrific story, a squad, raped a teenage girl, and forced her father to watch and then they set them on fire. In that particular video, he showed footage from the building where it was done and you could see the blackened cement where the fire burned the bodies.
Those are just some tiny examples of what war is. So imagine when you live in a country that is constantly bombarded by the Americans, from afar. Whole families are killed by gunfire in an entire apartment complex, because the Americans want to kill 1 person in that building.
Generations have lived in those conditions. Over and over and over again. Not one person hasn’t had a person killed by either side.
Imagine if that was your world. Unfortunately I have a vivid imagination and can see this all to well.
Out of that anger, then springs up groups that want to take their homes back, their lands, and their country and bring peace. So these militant groups spring up and organize and fight back. Some are military trained some aren’t. That doesn’t matter. It’s the goal. The goal to get their lands back and stop the killing from foreign troops. They use any means at their disposal, because they are outnumbered, and outgunned. They are desperate and want their country back and to know what peace is, because they simply never have seen peace. Never lived in a place where they didn’t have to fear getting shot when leaving their home, or being able to go to sleep at night wondering if they would wake up at sunrise or die by a midnight bombing of their home.
That constant barrage of fear will spring hatred. That hatred becomes driving force in many militant groups and religion will even bring that to the forefront.
So I do understand why and how these groups spring up. I do also know where the blame lies. It really isn’t with the religion or with militant groups. They are fighting for their lives.
You have to look back in history to see what is happening and to the cause And it all started with the invasions by the american forces. If the american and Canadian troops left those areas, then peace eventually would come back to those countries. And eventually the anger would fade.