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When a non combatant of another race/faith is killed by Westerners it is called a mistake or a tragic accident by the West.It is called an atrocity by Jihadis.|
When a non combatant of another race/faith is killed by Jihadis is is called "Righteous" by Jihadis, senseless murder by the West.
Both sides seek to justify their own crimes against huimanity by hiding behind double standards, half truths and fallacies. Both sides lack the humanity to say what they are truly trying to achieve.
A short digression
Monotheistic religions all proclaim themselves to be about peace. With heaven as the ultimate reward for a righteous life. How is it then that those who speak so strongly of faith are also those who seem to be the most violent towards others?
Has there been a war started by atheists?
Fear is the driving force behind the motivation of the violent religious. Fear of punishment, fear of divine retribution, fear of damnation in the eyes of an uncaring God. As ironically pointed out by a puppet in the Empire Strikes Back. Fear leads to hate, hate leads to anger, anger leads to the Dark side.
And yet our wisest of the wise, our mullahs, abbots, popes and imams fail to lead us in such a way that peace is obtainable, that hatred, fear and violence is avoidable.
The West long ago realised that the violence of men cannot be eradicated so instead rules were divised to make the violence sanitary, armies were professional, not conscripted. Weapons were made illegal because they were designed to inflict pain, fear..not simply incapactate or kill. The West became unstoppable.
Until the oppressed nations decided not to fight by the rules anymore, not to stand in a line and be shot down by toy soldiers. The rules of war became obsolete in the face of the new warfare, terrorism, guerilla combat.
The hardened soldiers of western armies were no longer targetted, but the civilians, feeling safe in their homes, the nurese tending the wounded of both sides, the teachers who sought to bring choice to the children on both sides of conflict. The kidnappings in the name of faith but asking for material wealth, the beheadings of passers by, of tourists showed the west that their enemy would not be brought to the open field of battle but would cower in the shadows and strike when backs were turned, when guards were down.
So, as is the case with any animal that seeks to survive, including ideological beasts, the West evolved. It would no longer put soldiers in harms way, no longer use human lives to protect human lives. It would use robots, drones, proxy soldiers to fight against the enemy that refused to identify itself, that refused to play by the rules.
And what cry went out from the enemy then? Why you no play by rules? Why you shoot our homes? Why you kill innocents who do nothing to you?
Still unable to see the fact that when you don't play by the rules, the rules will change and evolve and that in war, in violence and desecration of humanity, there are no fairnesses, only the eventual annhilation of part of the greater whole.
This is the short sighted ness of wise old men, the folly of the brave, the curse of the righteous, for they bring the world to its doom.