There is little doubt that there are Islamic fundamentalist-based terrorists. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and all that. ISIL/ISIS. What motivates them and ‘their followers’ is basically unfathomable to me* but they are there and they are doing bad stuff to all and sundry – including other Muslims.
There is little doubt that we have bad-to-the-bone whackos in our society, too, and they act out in harmful ways as well. Even against other whackos. Both sets of obvious evil-doers are indiscriminate as to their targets. No one, it seems, is safe from their malevolence. It is just plain dangerous out there. They are all part of the dark-side, Luke.
Of course, not all bad guys acting out are Islamic mis-interpreters or even extremists of any philosophical kind and it would be a mistake to think that way. But our everyday whackos are pretty indiscriminate, too. We are afraid of them as well. We got your garden-variety bad guys and your Islamic bad guys and, of course, the list of sub-category bad guys could go on and on. Hell’s Angels, Mafia, Red Scorpions, Triads, snakeheads, pervs, pedophiles and the PMO just to name a few.
So, why are our governments so quick to bunch your basic lone-whacko into the Islamic fundamentalist extremist mix? Hint: the main reason mankind accepted ‘governance’ in the first place was for protection or security reasons. From the original big, tough guy in the tribal village to modern day tax collectors, we pay tribute to mean people so that they or the other mean people next door don’t hurt us. Government is, more than anything, the protection racket.
Today’s best examples of this are not ISIL or Al Qaeda. It is China and Russia. Putin makes Osama bin Laden look like a choir boy. The number of people killed by the Chinese government since 1950 is several times greater than the population of Canada.
So, given all that; given that all ‘other’ government bodies do bad stuff; given that the US has a recorded history of black flag ops, several assassinated leaders, the most people per capita in jail and the most powerful arsenal in the world, what makes you think they are all good guys in the US government? What makes Canadians think their village tough guy is a good guy?
At the very least our so-called good guys lie and propagandize, steal and pollute, incarcerate and bully, pass laws to curb freedoms and enforce them through an ever-growing police force. And they kill people. If they are the good guys, it is not by much and their way of doing things is remarkably similar to the ways of the bad guys.
So, the question is: are we really governed by the good guys? Or are our leaders just a bunch of bad guys of a different stripe who are, if results are anything to go by, just better at being thugs than the wanna-bes of ISIL and Al Qaeda?
*It is NOT unfathomable at all – it is simply the seeking of power. But what makes that unfathomable is why someone would want power? We all die eventually so even if you gain power, it is for a very limited time. And, after so many members in your harem, so much money in your bank account and so many fancy cars to drive, what is the big pay-off from having power?