Many are calling for revenge on ISIS, they certainly seem justified in doing so.
However from what I have read, ISIS is all about revenge.
With his Muslim upbringing I think Obama understands revenge well. That may be a reason for his apology tour when he first became president. He may have believed that if we apologized for any actions we have taken that the Muslims would forgive us and stop their vengeance. As we can see, though, apologies didn’t work. He has even used the word “revenge” himself in dealing with this problem; probably another result of his upbringing. He has said we need to take revenge for various actions against us. So have many other politicians and leaders.
I don’t like that word, especially in this circumstance. I’ve read some stuff about ISIS wanting us to refuse refugees for their political purposes, I don’t know if that is true or not. But what I have seen in the Quran is that Islam is a religion of peace, unless they are wronged. Then revenge is justified as revenge against the wrong doers. So if we seek revenge, they see us as being an attacker in their thinking.
I got this idea from a web site on Islam. I don’t know if it true, but from what I have seen it very well may be true. An excerpt from the site is: We know the Quran orders believers to fight in combat against those who are the oppressors, aggressors and terrorists and those who are assaulting and killing the innocent men, women and children. But it gives out clear orders – NOT TO Fight against those who are not fighting against you…
Mind you, I do not agree with terrorism as good solution by them!
I fear that puts us in a continuous loop. If we seek revenge, ISIS will have more reason to avenge our actions. This could go on a long time, and from the history of Islam I have seen it has gone on a long time.
I also see some revenge reasoning in the Black Lives Matter movement. Do they really want justice, or just revenge? Most accounts I have read are situations where someone resisted arrest, got shot in the fray, and then all hell breaks loose. I am sure some of the shootings are not justified, but am also sure some resisting arrest are not justified either. In either case, neither side should be seeking revenge; they should be seeking to solve the problem.
I don’t claim to have any solutions for any of this. But I do think we need to be careful using the word “revenge”. It can lead to perpetual strife.
Vengeance is mine saith the Lord! Let’s leave revenge to Him. All we want is peace! Let’s find a way to solve this problem without revenging it!