I just had this conversation last night. I'm Muslim, at least culturally. I don't really believe anymore.
I don't know too many people who think people who join ISIS just like to kill people.
Yes, they want their way of life, and they get their people to join their fight.
We have our way of life, and we get our people to join our fight.
Yes, people have reasons.
Yes, the leaders rally people around causes, sometimes even with bad/alterior motives.
Yes, the average person normally just wants to live their life.
But in the end, what does this all matter?
They're killing, raping, enslaving people.
Does it matter what made someone a monster? I don't think so.
Even if someone is born purely genertically a sociopathic murderer, that is what they are.
You can do what you can to prevent that kind of person from being born/created, but once there, that is what they are.
People in ISIS are killing people on mass, enslaving people, raping young girls and women, all the while thinking they have a right as per their religion.
What is evil? What is moral? You don't need to get all philosophical. It's been had 1000 times before. In WW2, the Germans bombed London. But the allies did the same to Germany. Who is really evil?
I'm going to opt out of that discussion for this post.
When my relatives sit there and blame everything on the US. The US created ISIS they say. The US created Al-Queda and Sadaam Hussein. It's all done for oil and Israel...
Unless you're a real libertarian/anarchist, you should come to accept one simple rule in life. You will be living under someone's rule. And being in charge is freakin hard. When Syrians were rising against Assad, the demand on our world leaders was to support the rebels. Well turns out that gave the opportunity for ISIS to rise as rebels. What a mind-fuck of a choice. I personally tend to be a little isolationist in these respects for that reason, but it has to be acknowledged that it means I'd let a Rawandan Genocide happen. Unless you're preapred to be the boss and take over and rule a region for a century or massively invest in it, don't jump in. In these global conflicts, all you can do pick the best/least bad ruler.
Just like in WW2, you have to kind of put the tactics used on the backburner. Not totally of course ,but you enter a blackhole of immorality. War is sick and depraved and it reduces all of us. You can't be Ghandi about things. Non-violence only works against nice enemies like colonialists, and even then, backrupt colonialists who were pulling out anyways :P
All you can ask yourself is would you rather have had the Nazi ideology win or the Allies?
Would you rather be ruled by Putin?
Would you rather be ruled by ISIS?
Would you rather be ruled by Saudi Arabia?
Would you rather be ruled by USA.
I'm not even American, but the choice is pretty plain to see in my eyes. At this point in history, give me American Rule any day of the week.
Although, I'll say the Chinese are winning me over to some extent.