What About Beirut?

Amy Stinson —  January 3, 2016 — Leave a comment

On November 13, 2015, Paris, France saw the worst violence since WWII. Less than 24 hours earlier, Beirut, Lebanon was also attacked. Both were attacked by “ISIS” also known as the “Islamic State that is not Islamic”. 

The huge outpouring of support for Paris was quickly countered by claims that the west did not show similar feelings about the violence in Beirut. My question is where was the outrage over this violence in the Middle East? 

Seriously, there was no outrage in the Middle East in any English news outlet. I’ll address that issue later. 

Getting back to our response (or lack of) over what was reported as sectarian violence, exactly how are we supposed to respond to two factions that claim us as enemies when they clash in violence that does not involve us? Sure, I wish the sectarian violence would stop, but the reality is that every extremist who kills an extremist means at least one less extremist available to take out us infidels. The only difference between those two factions, with regard to us, is plan of attack.

I personally have a problem getting involved in what is essentially infighting (civil war) in any of that area, and my main reason for that is that our track record for determining who is a (relative) “good” guy is beyond bad. We are arming “rebels” who do kill us intentially with our provided weapons. Whether this is by mistake or by design is unknown. It happens often enough that we should see our arming anyone as a problem, not just a potential problem. 

Our “help” is unwelcome. These people are taught from birth that our values and way of life is evil and detrimental to their values and way of life. And that’s probably true. It’s not intentional. We are different and different does not work well in their world. To be in any Muslim majority country, and to an extent, Israel, is a lot like living in pre 60s USA. Ironically, they are very aware of our move towards equality, and even though there is no sense of tolerance towards religion or differences for anything that we consider normal in our world, they expect us to convey our idea of tolerance towards them without reciprocation because that is not part of their world. In other words, they expect us to be tolerant of their intolerance.

We are in a no-win situation in that area. It is nearly impossible for us to be a help to them. They resent us; they do not want our help; they blame us for the problems they are experiencing. And to a certain extent, they are right. But they are also wrong. The very notion that being of one mind and one accord eliminates discord is ridiculous. The reason for that is because you can’t eliminate individuals…well, you can, but eventually no one is left. Perhaps we need to allow them the opportunity to find that out all on their own. I don’t know, but I do know what we are doing now is not working.