Personal views on the Orlando mass shooting
June 12, 2016 by Thomas Wictor
I never tell people how and what to think. We now know that the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, was carried out by a Muslim American who had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State. What follows are my personal views.
For one, I’m not going to tell anyone to “stop blaming Islam.” Muslims will survive a storm of angry words. The thing to keep in mind is that there will be no revenge massacres. Muslims will hear ugly things, but nobody will murder fifty Muslims to avenge the men in Orlando.
The second thing I’m going to say is that the Arab League and Iraq are fighting the same people who committed the last two terrorist mass shootings in the US.
Personal view on Islam
My personal view on Islam is irrelevant. I’m not religious. Although I’m a theist—I believe in God—I don’t practice a religion. This is simply due to my personal temperament. Still, it’s my experience that I have more values in common with the religious than with atheists.
But what matters to me is actions. Religious Muslims are taking the fight to Muslim terrorists in a way that the west never has. That’s reality. The goal of these religious Muslims is to eradicate terrorism in the Middle East. It’s absolutely clear that the only people who can defeat Islamic terrorism are Muslims. Only Muslims can craft plans that don’t backfire regionally or internationally.
The Iraqi army said on Sunday it had secured the first safe exit route for civilians to leave ISIS’ besieged stronghold Fallujah, and a Norwegian aid group said thousands of people had already used it to flee in the first day it was open.
Personal view on war
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that Syrian opposition groups denied involvement in the death of Mustafa Badreddine, adding that sources in the Syrian military also said that no projectile was launched on the Damascus international airport recently.
The newspaper claimed a guided missile exploded several meters from Badreddine. It said the majority of his injuries were internal, caused by the blast shockwave, and that only tiny amounts of shrapnel were found in his body.
Personal view on protection
My personal view of the men who risk their lives for others has not changed.
Today the Islamic State called the Orlando mass murderer a “fighter.” He was no such thing. Mowing down unarmed civilians isn’t combat. The Islamic State is desperately attacking the defenseless because the terrorists are being thoroughly defeated by the most highly trained, devious, and ruthless soldiers who ever lived. It’s not possible to predict the actions of the Arab League and its allies.
Recently we were treated to the sight of US Army Special Forces wearing Kurdish YPG and YPJ insignia in Syria.
Unnoticed were Arab League and allied strategic special operators masquerading as others.
The “American Green Beret” above is a Saudi; he’s the only man who didn’t roll up his sleeves. And the “Kurds” behind him are all black men.
Look at the shape of the soldier’s head below.
He’s an African. And have you ever seen a more Arabic face than that of the Green Beret? He looks like a Saudi prince.
I’m grateful to have allies like this. My personal opinion is that they’re entirely trustworthy, we need them, and they’ll win.
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