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Post Fight Barbarism with Barbarism?
Created by John Eipper on 12/08/15 5:10 AM

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Fight Barbarism with Barbarism? (John Heelan, -UK, 12/08/15 5:10 am)

Nigel Jones commented on 7 December: "to combat Islamist barbarism, the rulebook of civilised warfare must be set aside and we must be at least as ruthless and barbaric as the enemy."

Is Nigel really suggesting that terrorists should be publicly beheaded on YouTube? While I understand justifying a lust for revenge, would that approach make us any less barbaric than the terrorists we are fighting?

Recent history suggests that the barbarity of napalm, body counts and village massacres did little to help the US win the Vietnam War, just as the use of white phosphorous and draconian punishments on the population of Gaza has apparently done little to stop the rockets on Israeli settlements.

I do not understand why Islamic terrorism cannot be reduced (or even stopped) by the religious leaders of Sunni and Shia faiths issuing fatwas confirming that shahids killing civilians would not get the paradise they expect on being killed.

JE comments: I second John Heelan's last point. Why, I ask, do fatwas always seem to be of the fire & brimstone variety?

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