Harvard Students Say America Is A Bigger Threat To World Peace Than ISIS
Author: The Huffington Post UK
Uploaded: October 15, 2014


America is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS, according to a group of Harvard students.

During a series of interviews, conducted by college news site Campus Reform, the students explained their home country was to blame for the rise of ISIS.

"American imperialism and our protection of oil interests in the Middle East are destabilising the region and allowing groups like ISIS to gain power," one student told interviewer Caleb Bonham.

"As a western civilization we’re to blame for a lot of the problems that we’re facing now,” another added. "I don't think anyone would argue that we didn't create the problem of ISIS, ourselves."

"We are, at some level, the cause of it."

How is this related to Islam?

There is no justification to what ISIS is doing. It's unfathomable atrocities committed by ISIS has no place in Islam. While ISIS carries out the atrocities in the name of Islam, majority of the Islamic scholars have condemned their actions openly. Perhaps, looking at the root cause of this issue, the America's foreign place in the middleeast has created more enemies than friend and fractionalizing the region has caused more havoc in the recent years. Islam cannot be blamed for this, it is natural for people to resist when their homes are being occupied by foreign forces.

Empirical study after study finds the variable that most explains terrorism is military occupation. This isn't apologetic for murder, it's just science. So when Fareed Zakaria accurately states that "In 2013, of the top 10 groups that perpetrated terrorist attacks, seven were Muslim," but then concludes "Islam has a problem" he's not being a bigot. He's being a sloppy social scientist. Has he considered the fact, though it's probably irrelevant, that 100% of the countries on the receiving end of US military power (invasions, drones) in recent memory have also been Muslim? Could that possibly be a factor as or more powerful than a shared faith? A faith whose scholars have uniformly condemned terrorism and whose public are at least as likely to do the same as people of other faiths?




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