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posted by takyon on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly

A suspected Islamic terrorist opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 50 people and wounding another 53 before he was killed by police. While authorities continue to investigate to determine whether this man had ties to ISIS, the terror organization has not been quiet in praising the attack. This comes three days after ISIS announced they would attack somewhere in Florida. Today's attack marks the largest act of terrorism on US soil since 9/11.

takyon: The gunman reportedly called 911 emergency services to pledge allegiance to ISIS. The President will hold a briefing momentarily. Compare this article to the original submission.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by GungnirSniper on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:40PM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Sunday June 12 2016, @07:40PM (#358799) Journal

    Organized groups with no hope of change via rhetoric can only resort to asymmetric warfare. We will continue to see massive attacks on soft targets no matter how many laws we pass, or who we drone-bomb or capture. If they had the numbers available, doing multiple mall shootings on multiple days during the Christmas shopping season would be one way to make an economic attack.

    The threat from Wahhabi Islam is not a military one, but a philosophical one. This twisted adulteration of Islam by the priestly class clings tightest to the idea that religious Innovation, or Bid’ah, is a corruption of the very word of Allah. Of course, the priestly class are the gatekeepers of such interpretations. The Islamic voices that rightly speak out against this rigid orthodoxy, that speak of the Innovation that happens in the Quran for Mohammed's geopolitical convenience, are silenced by implied or overt threat.

    Our corporal punishment approach is not going to meet this threat. We need to promote those moderate and questioning voices that will ask the questions the Wahhabis cannot answer. If Allah is all-powerful, why does suffering exist? Why if homosexuality is a sin, has Allah created hundreds of species that practice it? Why did Allah create unclean animals? Is the Koran wrong or did Allah make errors? Of course my questions are too blunt for an audience of the faithful, but a skilled speaker can address them within Islamic interpretations to slough off the Wahhabi ideals. The Wahhabis know this, and that's why they hunt down the most moderate voices. We would need to provide this via protected voices, those under protection in anonymity.

    One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas. - Victor Hugo

    We also need to promote the rule of law and economic freedom in the Islamic and especially Arab world. Corrupt counties where the average citizen has no chance at a prosperous life are festering breeding grounds for vile ideologies. It does not take a majority of disaffected people to make those countries worse.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by physicsmajor on Sunday June 12 2016, @08:40PM

    by physicsmajor (1471) on Sunday June 12 2016, @08:40PM (#358830)

    The main addition to this which I think is crucial:

    We need to practice the rule of law here, at home, as well. Clapper, Hillary, heads of banks who lied under oath etc. - they must be held to account.

    By not holding these accountable we have an immense amount of egg on our faces and are shown to be hypocrites on the international stage. We're straight-up giving extremists examples to point at and cry "look how corrupt and degenerate they are!"