Explosions in Brussels.
A friend on Facebook asked: “What now constitutes an overreaction or under-reaction?”… I think you’re right, our so to speak Western Civilization is morally bankrupt, unable to act, unable to make up its mind and accept the responsibility of this issue as its own. We pretend with ourselves that we are not responsible. We are responsible… and, its about time we act on this responsibility. Violence or reaction has never been the answer, yet to sit on the fence and do nothing is itself a form of action by inaction: a passivity and moral bankruptcy in the face of atrocity. I think of my own country, the U.S.A., and how ineffective we’ve been on the stage of leadership for decades… posturing’s, wars, atrocities… now it is all coming back to haunt us and N.A.T.O., and yet no one will take responsibility. So instead we’ve allowed this problem that we ourselves created to fester to the point that people are willing to build bombs, suicide themselves, just to wake us out of our stupor, try to punish us out of sheer desperation.
One need only study the history of violent anarchists to know just how effective random violence is against a passive populace. Because there is no solidarity, no leadership on this planet we are all falling apart into inaction, apathy, and stupidity. And, as usual we’ll play the blame game rather than judge ourselves and act. Paul says there is no morally or ethical motivation he can conceive or ought to justify such an abominable act of atrocity. That’s the point: this is outside morality, outside our Western attitudes, our moral handwringing… or passivity… these are people who do not see with our eyes, who see us as their enemy. They don’t see themselves as terrorist (a label we place on them). After all these years we have yet to see or know the world through their eyes, walk in their shoes, live in their world… that would take an act of imagination and moral power that we as Westerners no longer have nor can have… our culture is bankrupt.
I accept the fact that I’m just as much responsible for this bullshit as the next guy, but I’m not going to sit back and play the blame game or wring my hands. We have a problem… now we must do something more than react to it, we must act intelligently, come together and take responsibility for these atrocities, and quit fearing what we do not understand and deal with it rather than deny it. We have to break down the barriers between ourselves and the Islamic world. Until we can deal with these issues head on we’ll continue to face it as terror instead. Terror happens in a vacuum. We have no leadership in the West. Unable to act we do nothing and this lack opens out in violence. Until we can accept that there is a radical element within Islam, not Islam itself, that must be understood and reformed this type of world terror will continue. Communication is two-way, which entails a conversation that accepts we have a problem, that we are partially responsible, and accepting the fact that we need to sit down with those who practice their Islamic faith everywhere about what needs to be done to expunge the militant element within its world that apparently goes against its non-violent beliefs. I’m not a policy maker so want even pretend to know how to go about such a worldwide effort. I’m just one human among a worldwide species who affirms that this is an issue we as a species must both acknowledge and deal with if civilized existence is to continue.