A War of Intentions: the Socially Engineered American War on Terror
Thinking of ISIS as organized criminals rather than religious terrorists could save the world.
Opinions need to be held in order for certain things to happen in a society. It sounds strange that our beliefs might steer actions in the real world that change lives, but it is a reality. It is one thing, for instance, to come into my home with a gun and take over my life, it is another to slowly advertise that a certain religion promotes proactive violent extremism, changing my mind.
Intentionality can be directed, via social engineering. Some politician, some journalist, some arms dealer can partake of any position within the domain of morality, the actions result in continued premature death of otherwise useful human beings. It doesn't matter even if your personal contribution to the Socially Engineered American War on Terror is limited to liking an Islamophobic meme on facebook, everyone has to be on board.
However, through the power of Anti-Social Engineering, like-minded individuals (call them "sensible") can create an intentionality of our own, to counter any such programming. First, we must reduce the ideas involved into their lowest common denominators. Their intention is that we look at the Islamic State terrorism group, if I may, as a product of Islam, the religion. This, they argue, is because ISIL/ISIS follows a strict, ancient, bastardized version of Islam and is currently involved in a holy war to convert the planet, or destroy it trying. This is true. But the Islamic State has numbers measured in the thousands, twitter followers don't count. "They" want us to equate the millions upon millions of Muslims in the world with potential Islamic State terrorists. "They" are as extreme as the terrorists.
Of course it's hogwash. Yes, the I.S. is real, yes they're killing people, mostly Muslims. But I don't think you can properly call this a war. They are definitely not a Nation. As a "religious war" it's rather one-sided. The Islamic State is a well organized group of nutball zealots. They are criminals. Dealing with them should be considered a Police action. If we start thinking about them as small-c criminals instead of Terrorists, our intentionality could change the course of action. We're not allowed to think of them this way, because Police action means kicking in doors and rounding up bad guys, dead or alive. It' much easier to just tell everyone "Be fearful of brown people, they might be trying to kill you! Oh yeah, by the way, they're all Muslim."
"They" argue that the Syrian refuges flooding in will carry with them hidden Terrorists. This is probably true. We will have to deal with these criminals as they reveal themselves, in much the same way we do now. School shootings continue to happen in America, shall we ban education? "They" argue that every time the Islamic State attacks, (more so for Western targets) it justifies their War on Terror. It justifies action, just of a different nature. You've been at this a while now, either you are ineffective or your approach is wrong.
When you ask folks who live in the Middle East, even in these torn up areas, about the why of it, an ugly picture forms. America, it seems, has been stomping around the area since WWI, as have others. An Islamic scholar, a Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun was quoted in an interview by RT recently, "If you want to create a true state, you need to build it on the basis of political values and democracy. We don’t impose any religion in Syria; we don’t say that there must be a Christian state, a Jewish state or a Muslim State. These ideas come from outside. The West is instigating such ideologies. The West is playing a big part in the process. I think a state should be founded on strong political and cultural elite. What we see in Syria today is similar to what happened in Yugoslavia - Croatia, Bosnia. There were major cultural elites there. But the West began to provoke different political and religious groups in order to start a civil war, which resulted in manslaughter."
Even a cursory glance at the history of the Islamic State, America's involvement in the Middle East, politics, military action, business brings about a story that reads like a conspiracy theory. In fact, that's what they call it when it is brought to their attention, "It sounds crazy, why would be entertain such thoughts?" The problem is the whole world agrees the conspiracy is real, except the perpetrators. How can such a deep rooted lie become an Intentionality in the face of what is natural, right or even holy? It's easy: money, but that's a whole different essay. Peace can be achieved, but not without countering any war intentionality fiercely. This is our takeaway...
Do not let your friends get away with ignorance that strengthens the discord of peace. Do not let what should be a police action against criminals continue to be the Global War on Terrorism, trademark America. Do not let this police action become a race war, religious war or war against any nation, just so America can continue to hide the fact that it's a bully, stealing lunch money. Intentionality steers us like we're a flock of birds but we can steer too, in our small part. Ensure your part is, at the least, well informed.
If you would like to know more about Intentionality and the creation of reality I've published chapter 7 of Anti-Social Engineering the Hyper-Manipulated Self here
Here is the conclusion of that chapter: "For John Searle, things are either brute facts or institutional reality. Institutional Reality works because we impose functions that define power. We're not assigning rules to frivolous things that don't matter, we are not constituting intentions willy-nilly, at least, this is my hope. So it seems that the things that we are asked to believe must be important. If they are, then surely they are worth mulling over. We are not asking about God here, nor even any grand scheme of society, we wonder about ourselves. By realizing when someone or something “asks” us to believe in it, in its intention, to create some reality out of an idea, we can begin to wonder about the value of following the rule. Institutional reality gives power to ideas through intention. It empowers either the X term or the bearers of X. “This note is legal tender” doesn't describe the note, it makes it what it is. It is one of the things created in our reality, yet only if we participate. What are you creating in your reality?"