This post most likely will upset a few readers. If you are easy to upset, please do not read it. You have been warned.
One thing about not being American is the fact that I can view their behavior from the outside. And one of the things I do have a hard time accepting is their praise of God. Everything seems to evolve around a hypocritical praise of the Lord.
Combine this praise with their focus on anti-terrorism, and self-heroism. What do you get? A war on religion.
I am not a fan of terrorism. Just as I am no fan of war. But I do not think that praising the Lord is a good way to fight religious terrorism, or Muslims. I think that only serves to fuel the fire.
I strongly believe that the best way to fight terrorism and violence is by education, by respect and by developing common ground. And of course time. Change takes time, and it is often felt hard for the involved parties.
The challenge we face in fighting terrorism is not easy to overcome. It only takes one party to spoil the process – as we have seen in the Israel vs. Palestinian case over the years. If one prime minister decides that the proposed outcome is not in their best interest, they decide to build a wall. There seems to be little interest in compromises and "best-for-all" solutions.
And when the US targets the terrorists around the world, with "and God bless America!", I must admit I take offense. I do not believe in that God. I am not American. And I certainly do not think a God who tells a believer "not to kill" should be blessing a warfare. And most importantly – I know that if I was a terrorist in a Muslim country, I would use that blessing as a proof that the enemy's only wish is to get away with all Muslims (as well as other opposing religions).
What happens then when America is blessed and no Muslims are available as a threat? Will Europe be the next target? Or will the power of China become to much of a threat?
I suggest we start develop an educational program which encompasses all major religions, and political power. We should ensure the distribution of this not only in the Middle east and other terrorist habitats, but it should be included in our education as well. Only when we all know, understand and respect our differences will we be able to control and countermeasure terrorism, warfare and unfair political games.
This is no quick fix – with easy to show results. This will take time – generations. We need to teach our children respect for each other, for themselves and for the unknown.
Including respecting the "God bless America" that currently wipes across the world. As well as respecting the fact that modernization is required also in religions like Muslims. Going back to Sharia laws is not progress – that is pure regress.