Individual Responsibility or Group Punishment: Destroying ISIS and Saving the Western Civilization

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Donald Trump “would certainly implement” a database system tracking Muslims in the United States, the Republican front-runner told NBC News on Thursday night, in the wake of killing of 130 innocents in Paris by the terrorists of ISIS.

“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said in Newton, Iowa, in between campaign town halls.

“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems.”

When asked whether Muslims would be legally obligated to sign into the database, Trump responded, “They have to be — they have to be.”

On Friday morning, Trump rival Jeb Bush called the comments “just wrong.”

“You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people. That’s just wrong. I don’t care about campaigns,” he said on CNBC. “It’s not a question of toughness. It’s to manipulate people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength, that’s weakness.”

But, Jeb Bush proposed his own version of Islamophobia and illusion of toughness and trial to win over the right wing Christian voters of the Republican party.

He tried to seize on the Paris attacks as a key campaign issue; within day or two of the tragedy, for example, the former governor became the first competitive Republican presidential hopeful to say Syrian refugees should be welcome on American soil, only to reverse course a few hours later.

Making matters considerably worse, the GOP candidate also tried to shed additional light on his idea of evaluating refugees based on the popularity of their religious beliefs. Bush continues to draw a distinction between Christian refugees (whom he wants to help) and Muslim refugees (whom he prefers to ignore), and as the New York Times reported.

In proposing a religious test for the Syrian refugees, he did not realize that the majority of the European recruits of ISIS are Catholics and even Jews not Muslims.

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Hilary Clinton

Condemning Jeb Bush’s approach, “Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims — that is just not who we are,” Hilary Clinton said, the leading Democratic contender for the presidential race.

During a speech at the G-20 summit in Turkey, President Barack Obama called a proposal to make refugees take a religious test in order to enter the United States “shameful” and “not American.”

Every time the Muslim terrorists demonstrate their barbarity, especially when against the Westerners the national media in Europe and USA puts 1.6 billion Muslims on trial in a form of group punishment.

The media has played this trick so often since the horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001 that every Muslim of the world and every fair and open minded person hasn’t failed to fully realize the narrative.

They apparently do this in defense of the Western way of life and its civilization; without realization that if the civilization and its success stands for anything, it is individual responsibility rather than group punishment or guilt by association, a remnant of tribal mentality of millennial old human medieval mindset.

Collective punishment is a form of retaliation whereby a suspected perpetrator’s family members, friends, acquaintances, sect, neighbors or entire ethnic group is targeted. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions. In times of war and armed conflict, collective punishment has resulted in atrocities, and is a violation of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by Resistance movements (e.g. destroying entire towns and villages where such attacks have occurred).


Sir Richard Branson perhaps provided the best metaphors and advice to tackle this bias of the media or those who would fall prey to fear and hate mongering. He urged people not to blame the Muslim community for the Paris attacks.

Writing in a blog on Virgin’s website, the entrepreneur said he was “frustrated” by the way some have passed judgement “on entire populations, based on the actions of a radical few.”

He compared those blaming Muslims for the Paris attacks to blaming “all Americans for the past actions of the Ku Klux Klan”.

The 65-year-old also criticised Republican governors who sought to block Syrian refugees entering the country in the wake of last week’s massacre.

“These positions fuel a collective paranoia that tends to be more interested in confirming existing biases rather than the truth.”

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Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of USA

In 1906, 167 black U.S. soldiers stationed in Brownsville, Texas were dishonorably discharged on orders of President Theodore Roosevelt in response to the shooting of two white citizens in the middle of the night of August 13, 1906. One man was killed and the other, a police lieutenant, was injured and it was never discovered who the shooter(s) were, though they were presumed to have been members of the nearby Fort Brown. The soldiers of Companies Bravo, Charlie, and Delta of the 25th infantry regiment, many of whom served in the Philippines and Cuba during America’s war with Spain, were punished for the crime collectively and they were denied pensions.[2]

In 21st century we can do better than that.

Joseph Stalin‘s mass deportations of many nationalities of the USSR to remote regions (including the Chechens, Crimean Tatars, Volga Germans and many others) is an example of officially-orchestrated collective punishment.

The partial removal of potentially trouble-making ethnic groups was a technique used consistently by Stalin during his career: Poles (1939–1941 and 1944–1945), Romanians (1941 and 1944–1953), Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians (1941 and 1945–1949), Volga Germans (1941), Chechens, and Ingushs (1944). Shortly before, during and immediately after World War II, Stalin conducted a series of deportations on a huge scale which profoundly affected the ethnic map of the Soviet Union.[2] It is estimated that between 1941 and 1949 nearly 3.3 million were deported to Siberia and the Central Asian republics.[28] By some estimates up to 43% of the resettled population died of diseases andmalnutrition.[29]

The expulsion of Germans after World War II by Soviets, Poles and Czechoslovaks has been sometimes justified as collective punishment. The goal was to punish the Germans;[17][18][19] the Allies declared them collectively guilty of Nazi war crimes.[20][21][22][23] In the US and UK the ideas of German collective guilt and collective punishment originated not with the US and British people, but on higher policy levels.[24]

In this age of information of emails, twitter accounts and cell phones we can assign individual punishments to the Islamist extremists rather than a group punishment to all the Muslim massses, who themselves are the first and the biggest victims of these terrorists.

When terrorists tweet their guilt and innocent moderate Muslims tweet their prolife ideals and love for universal brotherhood, how hard is it to tell them apart?

4 replies

  1. You tell the difference between ISIS, branded a terrorist group, and the legitimate government of Sudan which imprisoned a pregnant married woman after sentencing her to 100 lashes for committing adultery because, as the daughter of a muslim she married a Christian even though the father had abandoned the family.
    Or why muslims celebrated 9/11 with solidarity marches. Or why fans at a soccer match would boo the call for a moment of silence to respect the victims of the Paris bombing and followed that with shouts of ‘allahu akbar’.

  2. You conveniently skipped mentioning that the KKK was the militia of the Democratic Party which held Blacks collectively responsible for an offence they never committed: the colour of their skin.
    Both Hitler and Muhammad held that a big lie repeated again and again is bound to be believed as true. That is what you are doing with the fabrication that Jews and Catholics swell the ranks of ISIS, without producing a shred of evidence just to deflect blame from the cause which your religion. It is behind every evil in the world. Those who subscribe to it are collectively responsible.

  3. The biggest lie in the history of mankind was perpetrated by Paul. And it has been repeated enough times to mislead billions of people. I guess Hitler learned it from Paul. And Namelee is also following in this tradition.
    Muhammad was the most truthful of the people. His people, even those who did not believe in him, said so. Therefore the lies of Namelee are in the tradition of Paul. Paulism is rooted in lies. So I understand his inclination to lies.

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