Sorry for not blogging last week. I was mostly Wri-Moing, but also this...
It was a very draining news week. The sort that put me into a couple totally unexpected arguments with people. I try not to get too political here, though I have very strong views and sometimes can't help myself. Easier to not do it if I am just not here...
But I do have some stuff to say. The world feels truly scary right now. Terrorist attacks, sure. They are horrible. But also this mood of people wanting to close themselves off. The waning trust. The intend for isolation.
Trump wants a Muslim registry (hello, Hitler)
Cruz says we can take in refugees if they are Christian (does he know the US religious history?)
37 governors (in spite of no legal right) say “no refugees here”...
And then I saw this.
|Scary-ass white supremacists-home grown|
These guys were found by the FBI, intent on blowing up black churches and synagogues. And it got me to thinking a couple things.
1) The terrorists we grow in the US are significantly more numerous than any risk of someone from outside coming in to hurt us.
2) These terrorists are the EXTREME of Xenophobia. They are trying to kill people who aren't LIKE them.
3) This means by US getting all paranoid about Muslims and refugees we are behaving more like these people who are a far bigger threat to us than the Muslims or Refugees in this country will ever be.
The terrorists in France? ALL European nationals. That dropped passport was done intentionally because ISIS wants us to do exactly what we are doing. Panic and refuse the refugees a safe place. Because see... those refugees are running from ISIS. Nice trick, and we are falling for it.
I ran across a conversation on Facebook (a couple actually) about when it was reasonable to “go in and blow them up” and this is what I have to say about that.
Go in WHERE? ISIS is not a place. It is an ideology of people who are scattered throughout the world. Malala says it best:
The cost of “going in and blowing them up” is this—too many innocents and not enough of the actual bad guys, which means we activate a whole bunch of NEW extremists... we GROW them.
The only way to do this is embrace, befriend, support and love the NON-extreme people of the world, regardless of religion or race. Be inclusive. Allow them to be self determining and help them when extreme groups try to force something on them. Nothing has promoted these extreme views as much as our own fear of socialism and interference we have conducted in defense of our capitalist agenda.
See. I'm not very good at not being political sometimes. That said, try to keep in mind people come by their views sincerely. People are afraid and saying things and wanting things out of a place of fear, not because they are evil. Give your friends a break if they disagree. Talk about it, but do so calmly and with a goal of greater understanding.
IN OTHER NEWS
I passed 45 K for NaNoWriMo, so that is cool... about ready for the final big action sequence.
IN OTHER OTHER NEWS
I wish all my US friends a very happy Thanksgiving! May the universe grant you much to be thankful for.