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Isis Commits All-Time Low in War for Attention: Beheads 4 Year Old Girl

Larry Rankin attempts to discern the logic, or lack thereof, in various, topical social issues.

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Fear and Prejudice

I recently read where a mother was forced by Isis to praise Allah as she bathed her hands in the blood of her beheaded 4 year old daughter.1

What does one do with information like that? It just doesn’t even compute. Just think about your life. Think about all the times you’ve been mistreated, all the wrongs you’ve been done. Nothing compares to this. It’s the sort of thing that you read and the oxygen just pulls out of your lungs and you’re left gasping for air.

It’s the sort of thing you just want to pretend you never read and run away from, but that nagging pull in the back of your brain just won’t let it go away. And the sad truth is that such an unconscionable act also brings up something very primal and ugly within us: prejudice.

I’m not talking about a prejudice against Isis here. Prejudice against them is entirely warranted. I can’t help but think that whenever a member of Isis dies, God smiles, regardless of if that God is Jehovah, Allah, or Thor, whatever, because that’s one more glaring mistake he’s made wiped from the face of the earth.

I’m talking about the sort of prejudice where anybody of the Islamic faith is put on trial, the sort of prejudice where anyone with dark skin, an accent, or a different point of view gets stared at sideways. I’m talking about the sort of prejudice that makes us all paranoid idiots.

Isis by the Numbers

Among the ways I try to keep the threat that is Isis in perspective is by understanding just what they are and what they could possibly hope to accomplish. In a nutshell, they are a bunch of idiots that want to take over the world and impose their poorly thought out and contradictory belief system on everybody. Yet they represent such a small percentage of the population that I would have to brush up on my scientific notation to properly demonstrate just how statistically insignificant their numbers are in comparison to the world’s population.

Estimates of the size of their movement put them at somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 people.2 The Islamic faith, however, has about 1.7 billion followers.3 This means that Islamic militants make up about .012% of the religion.

Here’s another example that might help you visualize the size of the Isis movement. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway at capacity can hold about 400,000 people.4 So basically the turnout for the Indy 500 is twice the size of Isis.

These statistics and examples don’t nullify the horrific nature of Isis’s actions, but they do serve to demonstrate how very irrational it is for U.S. citizens to think every foreigner is a militant. It does serve to demonstrate why it would be very ignorant for us to give up all our freedoms and become a military state surrounded by walls in response to this threat, to go against the very fabric from which this country was sewn and persecute people for their religion.

What Isis can and can't Accomplish

Again, the Isis group consists of approximately 200,000 militants, with the highest percentage of their forces being around 7,000 miles away from the U.S. border.5 Their goal: to control the other 7.4 billion people in the world with the use of antiquated military weapons.6

Is this a plausible outcome? No! Let’s look at it this way: are they selling a good product? Because at the end of the day you can’t change the will of a people unless you can sale them on your product, much less if they outnumber you. Well, among the many things Isis promotes are fear, torture, abuse and murder of children, and utterly dehumanizing women, who make up over half the population, by the way. I don’t know about you, but I’m just not sold on taking up a belief system like that.

Here’s what Isis can accomplish. They can terrorize people. They can make us sick to our stomach with their disregard for human life. They can manipulate a certain percentage of the population into being prejudice against foreigners. They can cause us to enact stupid policies and laws that ultimately benefit nobody but the wealthy.

But they can never win. They would have to get their hands on nuclear weapons and find a way to deploy them around the world all simultaneously, stay in an underground bunker for a few hundred years, and emerge as the most populous race to have a chance at succeeding. It sounds silly just saying it, and even if they did accomplish this monumental feat, what would they have won, really?

Don't let hate control your brain.

Don't let hate control your brain.

How Isis's Tactics are Counterproductive to Their Goals

I tell you what else they aren’t going to be able to do: come over here and impose their will on us. Let me ask you this, if they blowup a building in our county or commit some other atrocity, does that get them any close to controlling our nation? No. If anything, it distances them farther from their goal.

And really that’s the ultimate outcome of everything they do, at least on a global scale where they have no traction or numbers to bully with. Isis wants to start a world war with the ultimate goal of a global caliphate to lead us all in their very narrow-minded interpretation of the Islamic faith.7 Yet their tactics only serve to alienate everybody from what is an otherwise peaceful religion.

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In essence, they hurt the very people in their religion by causing widespread prejudice. I can’t help but think the actions of Isis cause some Islamic peoples to leave the faith altogether. I mean, can you honestly tell me your faith wouldn’t be shaken if other members of your belief system were beheading children in the name of the God you pray to every day, if your family’s very safety was in jeopardy for your religion?

Please Don't Fall into Hate and Paranoia

A mother forced to praise Allah and bathe her hands in the blood of her beheaded 4 year old daughter. My heart hurts. What a disservice to Allah, or any God for that matter. But I will not let Isis make me a monster, too. I will not treat people of the Islamic faith like they are a part of this nonsense. I will not give into mass paranoia. I will not live my life differently because Isis exists.

Every time they redefine human indecency, every time they make us disgusted to be of their same species, at least there is the security of knowing Isis could never win, that their ambitions are beyond delusional, that in the grand scheme of things, they represent nothing, not even their own religion.

Folks, I urge you, don’t give into hate either. Don’t be the people Isis wants you to be and don’t allow them to usher in a new era of cultural ignorance and martial law. Please, don’t vote for people that represent the filthy, paranoid way of thinking that groups like Isis can often breed.











Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on December 26, 2016:

Thanks for dropping by.

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on December 25, 2016:

ISIS, like most foreign terrorist is envious of the freedom in the U.S.A., and with them extreme danger comes in small numbers. I' m sick of terrorists killing and badly injuring small children, too. Between Asad and ISIS in Syria, we've seen pretty despicable sights.

ValKaras on September 19, 2016:

To a point I understand that there is a bunch of an abnormal mentality out there - because history is filled with similar examples - but I find it extremely surprising that the combined effort of the highly sophisticated militaries around the world have not got rid of them already.

Think about all spy satellites and other high tech intelligence abilities, special forces, and who knows what else they have up their sleeves that they could use.

It makes you wonder that a country feels confident to start a war with another country, but has so much problem to make a relatively small group extinct. They could practically comb a whole area, use local people, even dogs.

I don't know if I am sounding strategically-naïve or what, but to me it's beyond belief that even police force can catch a single criminal hiding in a huge city, whereas a whole group not really using much cover can't be found and done with.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on August 13, 2016:

I don't like walls of any sort. Hell, I don't like stopping at Border Patrol checkpoints between here and Arizona.

I'm not worried about what Isis will do here. I am worried about how they can control the Arab world. It only takes a small percentage of passionate lunatics to make otherwise good people do bad things. The Nazis, for example.

I don't know what the answer is. I definitely don't want escalation in Iraq. One thing that is for sure is that military involvement has not worked. Killing Sadam gave birth to Isis. Maybe the best answer is to do nothing. I don't know.

Very passionate plea for sanity here. Well done.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 23, 2016:

JG: that was my reaction. When my eyes happened on this headline, I wanted to have never read it, but I couldn't blink it away and for better, one hopes, I had wrote this article expressing my own feelings regarding this entirely senseless act.

I appreciate that you dropped by.

jgshorebird on June 23, 2016:

I'll never forget this. Thanks and no thank you very much.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 22, 2016:

Karlah: I hear what you're saying, but are we the answer? I'm not talking about protecting ourselves here. Of course we do that. I'm talking about when we intervene it seems like it always just blows up in our face. Every time a hate group is broken up it just paves the way for a new one that is even worse. Yet it's just so hard to stand back and do nothing when children are being killed.

I don't have the answer, but as I've echoed throughout these comments, I know our being prejudice against the innocent majority because of the guilty few is not the answer.

Thanks for dropping by.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 22, 2016:

Matt: I agree that we have to keep our eyes open, but that doesn't necessitate giving up our freedoms. And it doesn't excuse prejudice.

Thanks for dropping by.

Karlah Ann from MS on June 22, 2016:

These people are sick. To think that beheading a 4 year old child is okay by whatever God they look up to is purely disgusting. My heart breaks for the people that are out trying to escape this Hell they're living in.

I agree with Bill, something has to be done and we have to be that solution in this world.

Matthew A Easterbrook from Oregon on June 22, 2016:

We must continue to stay USA strong If an American sees something suspicious report to local law enforcement and or the FBI. We must all stay vigilant in these days of lone wolf attacks and globally while traveling. Great hub and thanks for breaking down a lot of myths verse facts. I enjoyed your research on the article.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 22, 2016:

Alicia: I agree. Thanks so much for dropping by.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2016:

This is an important hub, Larry. Isis is barbaric and sickening. It's important to remember that they don't represent the Muslim faith, however, and that we don't succumb to prejudice when dealing with innocent people.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 21, 2016:

FlourishAnyway: it is certainly difficult not to want to visit things just as nasty upon their heads, but you're right. It is important we don't lose our own humanity, even if we have the opportunity to dole out our own vengeance.

Thanks for dropping by.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 21, 2016:

There's a special place in hell for these depraved people. It's important though that we preserve the sanctity of our values and not debase ourselves to match their meanness.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 21, 2016:

Miz Bejabbers: it's true that it's been a war torn region for a long time, and it's true that nothing will ever truly get fixed there until an answer comes from within.

That said, it's a place peopled by mainly peaceful folks and it isn't fair that they should have to grow up around all this trauma.

And it surely isn't fair that those representing the peaceful majority should be discriminated against for the peaceful practice of their chosen religion when they leave that country for a more stable one.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 21, 2016:

I don’t have any solution either except that Christ said to “love your enemies”. That sounds like a ridiculous statement in light of what you just wrote, but love has turned many around, however, they still contained enough humanity to be reached. I just wonder how many insane or mad dogs love has turned around. These people have hated and fought each other since Cain and Abel, regardless of what name they called themselves. They have not been able to solve their own problems in thousands of years, so what right do they have to bring them to us? If they want our help, the Muslim community has an obligation to police itself.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 21, 2016:

Jodah: you're absolutely right. This group is supposedly Muslim, but they kill more Muslims than any group in the world.

Their whole thought project is so abnormal.

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 21, 2016:

Buildreps: it is in my mind to try to understand things. Yet I can't understand how any human can so disaccociate themselves from what it is to be a human being that they could harm a child.

Thanks for dropping by.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2016:

Thank you for standing up against the atrocity that is ISIS, Larry. In no way should we condemn mainstream Muslims because of this small group of evil. They have killed more or as many Muslims than anyone else if I read correctly. Eventually the world will find a way of overcoming them...I hope it is sooner than later.

Buildreps from Europe on June 21, 2016:

Good points and very true, Larry. Isis is a bunch of retarded morons, a minority, and military inferior. The beheading of a child is mind boggling, and makes you wonder how people are capable doing this.

If God would exist, he is imperfect. He already flooded the earth once, because his creations didn't behave like they should. Maybe once more? What a god...

Larry Rankin (author) from Oklahoma on June 21, 2016:

Bill: hate to be such a bummer this morning. I read that article, and just couldn't keep from saying something.

So sad that any collective group could be so far removed from reality as to think such an act was sanctioned by God.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 21, 2016:

I have no answers. I don't understand this kind of mindless violence. It is so far removed from my daily world as to seem unreal...but it is real and we all must be a part of the solution. Still, I have no answers.

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