4 Main Reasons for ISIS to Exist

[WARNING: a little long and not proof-read. So apologies for typos and sloppiness]

First of all, I have to start by saying that the whole idea of ISIS is blown out of proportion by the US and its allies to facilitate yet another ugly and evil intervention in the area. As a matter of fact, the crimes done by other groups and regimes are way more sever in nature and in the number of victims than those committed by a group like ISIS. A quick look at Hoothies in Yemen, and Bashar in Syria, and Shii’s in Iraq would give you a clear idea that ISIS case is just being used to legitimize US military intervention.

However, I follow the writings of many people and I see that ISIS and similar groups have only gained more popularity, support, and power; not just the fake popularity our media shows but real popularity among people whom I never though they may support such a group. In this relatively long post, I will share some of my thoughts on why a group like ISIS would gain such popularity. It is important to say that despite this popularity they are gaining, they are still representing a very tiny minority in the Muslim world. But mark my word, if the world continues to move in the same direction it has been moving in, this minority is only going to get more popular and more powerful. Take a quick look at the world in 1990 when Bush the Father launched his first war against Iraq and the world right now!

Listing those few reasons (or causes) does not mean I find it legitimate or reasonable to do what ISIS do. These are not excuses. This is just a humble attempt to put our hands on the cause of the problem AND try to solve it in case there exist amongst us some wise people, who think outside the box of ‘launch military attacks against them. We are the most powerful country in the world’ 😦

REASON 1: Oppression

I grew up in Egypt. I did not personally face oppression. My parents worked very hard to provide me and my brothers with care and education. But having a look at people around me in my own country, I see a huge amount of injustice: the majority of the population is suffering from the lack of food, lack of health care, lack of education, and even lack of living as dignified human beings. I saw people eating from the garbage, people dying because they are not accepted in hospitals, a whole generation that lacks quality education, and many die while migrating in their pursuit of escaping poverty. Morality is only going down and corruption has become the norm in the society. Continue reading

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Am I fair in my criticism?

During a discussion on Facebook with some of my friends about Egyptian politics, a discussion about whether one can be fair and objective while criticizing people and their political moves emerged. I thought the discussion is worth summarizing in a post here in my deserted blog since the ideas are relevant to anything not just politics and not just Egypt.

What is interesting is that everyone has his own thinking and his own measures about things. We also have a whole history of ideas that shape to a great extent how we make judgement on people and things. What you see accepted may not be accepted at all to me. Also, there is a hidden “interest” behind every criticism: I am criticizing this politician because he is an opponent to my favorite choice, or actually he is MY opponent. There is almost bias, either hidden, apparent, or both in our analysis and criticism.
As it may be impossible to have a complete and perfect independent criticism as well as a clear universal objectivity, here are some indicators that can tell whether one is fair or not.

  1. Consistency. You make the same judgement on different people if the context is the same. You basically apply the same rule.
  2. Non-selective memory You remember every thing not only what would support your bias
  3. Do not personalize that is to criticize actions rather than people.
  4. Do not lie. or alter events, actions, and words (which is the definition of lying)
  5. Generalization especially that which is done on purpose: you fairly criticize someone and then apply to a whole population. An example is to pick on a republican, make a strong point, and then boom all republicans are …..

I hope this can help me (and you) to be fair in our analysis, judgement, and criticism.

Violence Vaccine

It has been frustrating to find the wave of violence throughout the world only increase and develop momentum. It even happens in places and situations that never experienced such violence before. Violence often affects innocent people who have committed no crime or hold no responsibility for what may have caused people to act violently. Although I condemn, with the strongest possible means, harming innocent people, I still think that we need to find more meaningful ways to deal with this type of violence fundamentally.

All what I see happening in dealing with violence are a very superficial, and sometimes wrong, ways that mostly involves intelligence and law enforcement. Even worse, sometimes military and wars are launched in the name of combating terrorism. Interestingly, in “some countries :-)” intelligence and enforcement agencies have been Continue reading