Nobody has arrived at a solution to stop people from killing each other in the name of a religion. The shootings in San Bernadino, CA on Dec. 9, 2015 were acts of terror performed by two people that claimed to be of the Muslim faith. The bombings in Oklahoma City, OK were performed by two people that had been raised in the Christian faith. Neither the shooters in San Bernadino nor the bombers in Oklahoma City reflected the teachings of the founders of Islam or Christianity. They were extremists that reflected hatred and a twisted ideology that they believed justified their actions. They were at fault; not their religions.
Feeling hatred and despair is not an answer to living with terrorism. We need to get an accurate perception of the threat that is based on the best facts we can get. We need a plan that doesn’t involve gun control, sequestering religions, or hating the minute few of any group. The estimated population of the world was 7,289,767,000, as of 9:01 a.m. Eastern standard time. The estimated population of terrorists in the world is not available on the internet. One estimate provided in 2014 was under 2,000,000, which included active military personnel involved in global conflicts. Using available estimates, this has about 1 in 3,644 people in the world involved in violent activities, including military interventions.
It is very important to realize that most terrorist attacks are not religiously motivated. They are hate crimes that involve a huge range of issues. The US media and politicians have focused on Muslims as a way to pretend that terrorist attacks can be solved. About 1% of the US population is Muslim. Since the majority of terrorist attacks are not religiously motivated, focusing on any single religion is not useful. ISIS is not a Muslim religious organization. ISIS is a terrorist organization that is ruthless and deserving of global intervention, i.e. the world will kill as many ISIS members as possible. This will not drastically reduce the number of terrorist initiated deaths in the world, and certainly not in the US. Killing ISIS members is being proposed as a way to reduce terrorist deaths in the US. That is unlikely.
According to a Canadian research group, 90% of the terrorist attacks in the US are by non-Muslims. According to a study in Europe released Jan. 15, 2015, less than 2% of the terrorist attacks in Europe were religiously motivated, and less than 1.3% of all terrorist attacks in the European Union involved Muslims. This does not account for the Paris attack in November 2015 that killed 129 people. A 2013 estimate placed the world population of Muslims at 1.6 billion. A 2014 estimate by the US State Department was that there were about 188,000 Muslim terrorists. This calculates to 1 Muslim terrorist per 8,500 Muslims in the world. According to Global Research’s Nov. 21, 2015 estimate, over 90% of the terrorists acts in American were carried out by non-Muslims.
While major powers in the world are bombing ISIS, it would be helpful if there were an analysis of the major issues driving terrorism around the world. Most terrorist acts are by minority groups disenfranchised by the political majority in power in the country, e.g. Iraq, Syria, and Russia. Many terrorist acts are to avenge prior acts done against the group committing the terrorist attacks. A useful study would be how many ISIS recruits are generated for every ISIS member killed in the ISIS extermination initiative. Economic injustices are a leading cause of terrorism, as are frustration with unemployment and intolerable living conditions. If the money spent on tracking and killing terrorists were spent on creating better conditions for the population at large, the people in the countries would be less willing to be radicalized.
With regard to what we can do as individuals and as a country, we need to practice tolerance for the vast majority of the world population when it comes to race, religion, and all other differences. We need to demand that the US government stop its war of terror in the name of protecting US citizens from terrorists. We are a major part of the terrorist problem as long as we are hunting down a minute few and killing a significant number of innocent people that happen to live near terrorists. We need to change the global energy and focus away from war and terrorism to a focus on world peace. As individuals, we can speak out against religious prejudices, hateful statements and distortion of facts. There is an immediate opportunity to raise the global energy through chanting, prayer and meditation.
Don’t hate anyone, but pray for their enlightenment. You can do your part to combat racism, religious hatred and the fear that is fostered by people that attempt to benefit from evil. You are a light unto the world. Let your light shine. Meditate to calm yourself, increase your courage, and live with grace and gratitude. Get together with like minded people to promote peace and unity. Together, we can change the world, and the world needs our help.