Monday, 9 November 2015
One way to establish lasting peace between the Christian West and Islamic extremism is to follow the example of Tony Blair in Northern Ireland.
Tony Blair manufactured a political solution to the violence.
By engaging the political wing of the IRA (Sinn Fein) he was able to to offer them power. And all parties retired to their churches to pray for peace.
This model could be followed in the struggle between the West and Islamic extremism.
The first step is to engage their leaders, or their political wing, in dialogue.
First we must listen to what they truly believe.
[I believe that the problem is more economic than religious. Which targets did they choose on 9/11? The World Trade Center (symbol of Western economic wealth) and the Pentagon (symbol of Western military supremacy). This is the Western military/industrial machine which oppresses the rest of the world.]
But we must listen to what our enemies say.
Then we will be in a position to manufacture a solution - political or otherwise.
And then all parties could retire to their churches, their mosques, and their synagogues to pray for peace.
This is one way, perhaps the only way, to establish lasting peace.
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