Controlling rage with gentle hand
Western civilization has to control this rage with a gentle hand. “Absorption” has to be the key word. Any answer just involving military solutions will not solve the problem for ever. Solutions at the cultural, scientific and religious levels are needed. Statistically, we know that these kind of attacks decrease during times when there is an “alliance of civilizations.” Cultural espousing and inclusion can convince these people that they belong to the same human race. Religious education and contemporary interpretations of Islam are needed now to convince these people that the actions they undertake are contrary to the basic principles of the religion.
The harsh seventh century tribal cultures of the Arabian deserts shaped Islam for centuries, and their traditions evolved into unquestioned rules. The hardline interpretation of the Quran by tribal cultures clashes with mainstream Islamic beliefs. The Quran promotes women's rights, the protection of the weak and minorities, the use of reason, peace and inclusion of non-Muslims. After Prophet Muhammed's death, opposing forces inside Islam clashed for centuries bitterly resulted with creating a political Islam. This exterme interpretation effected with inferiority complex and defeatist emotion is not accepted by the vast mojority of today's Islamic world. All real Muslims are sad about the Paris attacks today, not just because they are embarrassed by militants sullying their religion, but also because they realize that they have to respond to fundamentalist interpretations of Islam as well.
Both Western and Eastern civilizations have to give a united response to these actions. The reply must employ science, culture and inclusivity. The languages might be different, but what we understand and think is the same. Today is a day to stand in solidarity with the French people for the second time this year.
Source: Today's Zaman