Putin: In War Time Either You are With Us or With the Enemies
Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
The divisive language that Putin is using that you can find and hear in the CNN video linked below is common place in wartimes. I am reminded of a quote of President George W. Bush, “Either you are with us or with the terrorists.” This may actually be the only language of war.
It may have some partial justification in war times when national security is at stake and every one is scared for his or her life.
So, I am not going to examine it today from the perspective of psychology or ‘Just and Defensive war.’ A preemptive war may actually be a war crime as I heard today on CNN that targeting civilians is a war crime. It came as an epiphany for me today, as I had never heard it before. But, I certainly support it, as my fundamental belief is, “Every human life is precious and sacred and killing an innocent life is like triggering a genocide.” (Al Quran 5:32)
The reason why I bring this out is that such rhetoric should never be used in peace time to divide brother against brother or sect against sect among the Muslims.