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The beheadees seem to be noncombatants, not the enemy. And one-on-one isn't a particularly efficient means of killing, though in this case obviously very effective. So the appropriate response is to track down the family of the beheader and kill a few of them by whatever means comes to hand. No moral justification or appeal to a higher authority, just a random, automatic and inevitable response to a pointless attempt at provocation. There's probably a biblical or koranic precedent, but who cares?If you can then capture the beheader and hang him upside down from a lamp post, so much the better - he will die eventually, at very little cost to his captors, and in the meantime the local populace can express their contempt in the usual ways. A martyr covered in urine and faeces is unlikely to gain much of a following, or appeal to his celestial virgins. Better still, reduce the West's dependence on "islamic" oil. When the money runs out, so will the enthusiasm for jihad.
You guys are kidding, right?
Not me, ma'am. Summary execution of relatives and humiliation of the offender may be more effective and affordable than a disciplined military offensive. Call it terrorism if you like. It works. I don't think I used the word "justify" anywhere in my script.And I'm really serious about the oil.
Religions would be a lot safer if people who believed in them asked themselves why there is more than one religion and why they contradict each other.
is it entrenched and inseparable part of the culture, a smoldering element that will keep reigniting over and over?
Part of ISIS's strategy is to try to make us blame Islam so that we discriminate against Muslims in gerneral, thereby pushing more of them into the extremist camp. Most Muslims are moderate and do not approve of the extremists at all, but when the extremists have power over them, they have no choice other than to conform. The best cure is to leave extremists in control of territory where they only have their own people (race, tribe and sect) under their control, because they will teach them to hate extremism while not actually killing them (apart from adulterers and the like, while thieves will lose hands, including a few people who are falsely accused).You could potentially kill extremism by killing all the extremists, but it would be a hard task to get enough of them without killing less extreme ones at the same time, thereby encouraging more to become extreme and merely multiplying the number of people you have to kill until you get to the point where you have to wipe out the whole population, including all the moderates. It's much better to let the extremists make themselves unpopular instead, and only kill the ones at the very top if you can get at them without taking out any innocent people along with them. The point of killing the leaders is not to try to wipe out the extremists, but to disrupt their organisation and ensure that the only people willing to take over as leaders are stupid ones who will make lots of mistakes, but you can also take out the more murderous ones in order to discourage the ones who follow them from carrying out so many murders. Everything should be aimed at minimising harm to innocent people while making sure that any harm that is done to them is placed firmly at the door of the extremists.
The other thing to do to fix Islam is to remove the biggest obstacle to peace - the Palestine problem, or perhaps it should be called the Israel problem, needs to be solved. The "two state solution" idea is not intended as a solution at all, but as a way of maintaining the problem forever. What's really needed is a single state in which everyone can live together in peace, but that can't happen while there are so many extremists around. Perhaps a deal could be done though by which a single state called Israel Palestine could be set up to be shared 100% by the two populations, including a right of return for all refugees, on condition that all the extremism stops for twenty years. Well, it would move through a series of stages to take it to that place with changes made every few years to open things up more and more until there are no internal borders left. A plan of that kind needs to be put in place so that the Palestinian side can see the way clear to liberation and recovery of all stolen land and property. They are the victims of a massive theft and it needs to be put right.
Almost anything is an improvement on Scottish cooking. "Chinese Night" at the diner in town used to make me weep.