Too upset to write about Iraq (but I did it anyway)

I wanted to write an article for my blog on the recent events taking place in the so-called “Muslim world”, especially the events In Iraq, but between the news of the execution of 1,700 Iraqi police and military by ISIS/ISIL/EIIL and the news that Boko Haram was apparently executing the girls they had kidnapped in Nigeria, one by one, by stoning and then reading of men having their fingers cut off by the Taliban as punishment for voting….I am too upset to write right now. I am too upset with my fellow Americans, my fellow liberals, my fellow atheists, my fellow humans. We need to recognize that the threat that “radical Islam” poses to humanity right now is very real and very serious. I am close to being undone with heartbreak and disgust.

I am tired of the lie that things will not ever get better. I am tired of the racist notion that people in some parts of the world are less capable of thinking than in other parts of the world. I am tired of isolationism, nationalism, and self interest. Their time has passed. This world is too interconnected now. Be as selfish as you please but if we ignore this growing menace at our own peril and by “our own” I mean every single person on this planet, so spare me the America hating and/or America praise. The world is not America alone and the world is more important than America alone.

The real story, if we pull back our lens for a wide shot, is that religion is losing credibility in every nation on Earth at a rate never before seen. The fundamentalists will react to this. They are reacting to this. Atheism is on the rise in Saudi Arabia for fuck sake! Why did the fight for Khalifa and Sharia become so popular after the Cold War ended?

Was it just that one “evil empire” had been defeated and the Islamists set their sights on the other one? Or was it also the fact that nothing is a bigger threat to the Islamist agenda than the possibility of a post-nationalistic world order wherein no religion has political power, women have equality with men, science is not repressed, sexuality is not repressed, art and music are not repressed, speech is not censored, and free thought is not considered to be “blasphemy”? That is the inevitable direction humankind is headed and these psychological dinosaurs are going to destroy as much as possible on their way out, but they are on the way out.

If you were ever the victim of a bully as a child, you know that “turning the other cheek” only gets you slapped again. Now imagine millions of schoolyard bullies on a mission from god to do nothing less than destroy every non-Islamic government on Earth.The liberals, secularists, feminists, and humanists of the world need to realize that pacifism will not work this time. How many lives have to be sacrificed before people quit dancing around the issue and realize that no one declared war on Islam, these various Islamist armies declared war on the planet?

After posting this article I came across reporting that confirmed that the video of the girl being stoned supposedly in Nigeria is actually from 2013 and the horrific stoning likely took place in Somalia.

20 thoughts on “Too upset to write about Iraq (but I did it anyway)

  1. Helle Duus Alex wrote:

    “While we take our rights to participate in society for granted, others are not so fortunate.
    Afghanistan celebrated final election yesterday, and these fine men in Herat (total of at least 13) chose to counter the threats of violence and voted – then had their inked finger chopped off by Taliban.

    SHAME on this violation of human rights. SHAME on the violators.
    My thoughts are with the victims. I hope this missing finger will make them forever proud, and that their local communities will treat them as the freedom fighters and heroes they are!”

  2. Wahid Wafa wrote:

    “What is happening in the middle east is the spitting image of what happened prior to industrial revolution in Western Europe. Violence escalates to a very high level, it overts at some point by certain power holders mostly through interventions, then peace gradually unfolds while some bumps will also happen every now and then on the road. What comes at the end is a secular democracy. In case if some think it’s not going to happen, I would argue that after some escalations and de-escalations, all nations will have to accept that as a fact. Otherwise, the cycle of war and peace will continue until they realize it and act upon it.”

  3. ‘This is our football, it’s made of skin #World Cup’: After posting sickening beheading video of Iraqi policeman, ISIS boast of slaughtering 1,700 soldiers
    Image of officer’s decapitated head tweeted with sickening message: ‘This is our ball. It’s made of skin #WorldCup’
    Battle lines drawn as Iraqi forces gather at base just 20 miles outside Baghdad after militants seize two more towns
    President Obama rules out sending troops back to Iraq but promises to review military options including air strikes
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki claims security forces have now started to clear several cities of ‘the terrorists’
    More than 20 UK nationals thought to be trapped in territories where Islamists are carrying out summary executions
    Al Qaeda-inspired militants stage jubilant parade of American Humvee patrol cars seized from collapsing Iraqi army
    Masked fighters wave the black flag of the Islamic State and flash the ‘V’ sign while shouting ‘towards Baghdad!’
    Insurgents have also captured two helicopters, 15 tanks and armoured cars that used to belong to U.S. military
    Iraq’s refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against rebels
    President Barack Obama weighs up possible airstrikes – but rules out putting U.S. soldiers back on the ground
    ISIS leader dismissed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as woefully incompetent, calling him ‘underwear merchant’

  4. Saddam Hussein’s oldest daughter says she is ‘very happy’ with the ISIS insurgency.
    Raghad Saddam Hussein, pictured right, praised one of father’s former aides, Izzat al Douri, who reportedly joined the Islamist militants in their takeover of Mosul.
    He was reportedly linked to a group of former Iraqi army officers.
    She said: ‘I am very happy with the victories achieved by my father’s men’.

  5. In the swathe of seized regions across northern Iraq, ISIS has declared hardline Sharia law, publishing the following set of strict rules:
    People have tried secular rule – now it is time for an Islamic state
    Women should wear loose-fitting clothes and leave home only when necessary
    Shrines and graves should be destroyed
    Only flag allowed to be carried is the ISIS one
    Places have been opened for police and soldiers of the ‘unbelievers’ to repent
    Drugs, cigarettes or alcohol banned
    Tribal leaders must not become traitors by working with the government
    All Muslims to pray at the mosque at the correct time
    Money we have stolen from the government is for the public. Only the imam of mosques can spend it – thieves will have their hands cut off
    We are the soldiers of Islam and we have taken on the responsibility of re-establishing the caliphate
    Translated by The Independent

  6. The United States once had Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in custody at a detention facility in Iraq, but president Barack Obama let him go, it has emerged.
    Al Baghdadi, who also goes by the name Abu Du’a, was among the prisoners released in 2009 from the US’s now-closed Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr in Iraq.
    But now, five years later, he is the head of a group of ruthless extremists who are bearing down on Baghdad, burning down everything in their way and carrying out executions on Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police officers.
    It is unclear why the US let the merciless al-Qaeda leader slip away, however, one theory proposed by The Telegraph is that al Baghadadi was granted amnesty along with thousands of other detainees because the US was preparing to pull out of Iraq.
    The United States began withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2010, and Camp Bucca closed in 2011 along with the United States’ other military facilities as President Obama declared that the War in Iraq had come to an end.
    Another possible explanation is that al Baghadadi did not become a jihadist until after his release from Camp Bucca.
    The US now has a $10 million warrant out for Baghdadi, who is accused of bombing a mosque in Baghdad in 2011 and killing former Sunni lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawl.
    Al Baghadadi and his troops had already taken key cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq earlier this year and have conquered the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul within the last several days.
    They are now on the war path to Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad.

  7. Boko Haram is murdering the girls they kidnapped in Nigeria by stoning. Imagine the horror and terror and sadness and excruciating pain this girl felt as she was buried up to her neck in dirt and had rocks thrown at her head until her skull was crushed. This is the level of evil that religion is capable of making men sink to. There is literally nothing more immoral, nothing more evil than this. They play the horrible Quranic chanting to try to drown out her cries for mercy and screams of pain. To those who try to confuse people with stupid conspiracy theories in order that they ignore the reality of the jihadist threat to innocent people, I can only say you have blood on your hands and when you wake up and realize that you have been fooled by Islamist propaganda, I hope you will have the decency to spend the rest of your life trying to make amends by fighting this menace in every way possible.
    Boko Haram have started killing the girls one by one since they get to know about d arrival of USA military aids .

  8. Submitted by alp (not verified) on Fri, 2014-06-06 15:43.
    do not forget, Turkey opened its borders to million of Syrian refugees and has been spending millions for them… my friends stop accusing Turkey and be fair

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2014-06-06 22:45.
    do not forget, Turkey has also opened it’s borders to terrorist groups with the likes of Al Nusra Front and Al Qaeda, providing them with shelter, training and armaments. If you want to be fair you have to consider all sides, and not ignore whatever doesn’t agree with you…

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2014-06-14 05:08.

    Turkey is arming moderates such as the FSA. Ankara isn’t stupid enough to arm organizations that would gladly perpetrate terrorist acts on its soil, nor are the Turks stupid enough to piss off the US or Israel.

    These unfounded allegations that Turkey is arming ISIS/Al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda are nonsensical. The Turkish government will not act contrary to its own interests, and arming radical Islamist insurgents synonymous with beheading and crucifixion is very much contrary to those interests.

  9. Via Syrian Atheists Facebook page: Moe Tarakji I’m not a big fan of Assad, or his Pan Arabist, Soviet Modelled regime, but I’d rather have him rule Syria than a bunch of radical islamists. Just sayin
    Like · Reply · 1 · June 12 at 7:09pm

    Syrian Atheists I just want to ask you a simple question sir,
    Why the heck did Assad draw the army forces from the Syrian/Turkish borders?!!

    It’s just bothering that a lot of people don’t think about that before saying what you just said!

    Thanks for your interaction sir!

    Unlike · 4 · June 12 at 7:15pm

    Middle east – Assad’s sister-in-law among Syrian regime’s fiercest critics

  10. If “we” had wanted to “free” Iraq and Afghanistan “we” should have helped them achieve secular government and constitutionally guaranteed human rights to freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, gender equality, et cetera. Only then should “we” have helped organize elections.

  11. It”s not democracy that is the problem. It’s lack of security and lack of a secular constitution. When a dictatorship falls in a highly religious country, the first step toward helping to create a free and secure country should…must…be a secular constitution.

    The real difference here is that Saddam Hussein, jailed, arrested, and tortured anyone who even whispered about opposing his regime. Now Islamists of different sects are waging war on each other, the Iraqi government, and the civilian population of Iraq.

    The thing to remember is that Iraqis are your equals and deserve the same rights that we have. How to make that happen is difficult, especially with jihadists flooding in across the borders from throughout the Sunni Muslim world and a corrupt Iraqi regime that is working with Shiite extremist groups from Iran. No separation of religion and state equals no freedom and security.

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