Comments on: One (difficult) step to curbing extremism http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-132455 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:52:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-132455 Samuel Reich explains: “Going back to the time of Moses…”

And what year would that be? You do not know the year, because it’s fiction. Moses was not a historical character, silly. He was a mythological figure. There was no “Time of Moses” in real life…. unless you think there was a time when a sheep herder’s stick really did turn into snakes, and bushes talked like people.

The start of any good debate is separating history from tall tale.

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By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-128254 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:45:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-128254 Bush thought we had to kill off the secular dictators in the middle east. Very bad idea. We should have left them in place. Hussein had 99 problems but hosting ISIS or ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq’ was not one. Those things were afraid to even exist back then. Hussein would have gassed them. Which is exactly what most redneck americans want to do now anyway. 2 trillion taxpayer dollars and 4,000 U.S. service lives later.

Should have left this hornet’s nest alone. Told you so. In 2003, we warned you.

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By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-128249 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:40:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-128249 “Do these disparate countries have some trait in common?”

Yes. Islam. Which will always tend toward extremism over time. The only normal muslims you meet are people who left the muslim world. It’s a crazy bloody patriarchal religion. The defectors will always argue otherwise, on these pages and elswewhere. But there is a reason they defected and had to get away.

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By: puchurro http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-128157 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:23:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-128157 “Why did nearly half of Iraq open itself to Islamic State..” Hardly anyone “opened themselves” to Desh, they just didn’t have the means (arms, security) to fight them. Go live there for a while and you’d see that.

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By: UauS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-127766 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 03:03:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-127766 Where are people there’s corruption. The devil is in the detail, however.
A democratic society must constantly fight corruption in order to survive as democratic society, and it has the tool to do that (never perfect of course); it is called the rule of law. On the contrary, totalitarian/authoritarian regime can not survive *without* corruption, because the very top of it epitomizes the highest level of corruption by definition. Thus, a *level* of corruption is directly tied to a degree of social and political maturity of a society. ©

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By: _Eric http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-127759 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:50:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-127759 Interesting line of thought, Sarah. Worthy of serious thought & investigation by relevant think-tanks, in my eyes. My personal thanks to you.

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By: WT5 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-127685 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:08:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-127685 Very good article but what exactly is the difficult step you must take to eliminate the corruption. Are there even any examples of corrupt countries that managed to change their ways?

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By: Macedonian http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-127612 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:10:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-127612 Assad ,Hussein and Qaddafi had a real good idea what kind of population they were dealing with so they were forced to become regimes. Now the regimes are not out there so all the lunatics walk freely plus invited some of their buddies to the party.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-127590 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:38:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-127590 @SamuelReich,

You said: “…most of the non-western world assumes that a good man has responsibility when he gets into office to take care of extended family.” You did NOT observe that in the western world those who achieve office are expected to use their power and influence for the benefit of an “extended family” of their meritocratic society, NOT personal family and entourage.

I fear that the western world in such regard is increasingly sliding backward toward the darkness instead of advancing towards enlightenment. And I hasten to state that it would be a mistake to include Putin within any “western world” as might best be defined as a “civilized society”.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/03/how-to-win-the-war-against-extremism-in-one-very-difficult-step/#comment-127581 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:27:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=37606#comment-127581 I earlier intended to say: “There will be NO instant gratification in such task, for we must master and redirect tendencies and expectations that lay inside each and every human being.

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