We think of terrorist killings generally in terms of Americans killing Muslims or Muslims killing Americans. But the fact is that far more Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims — Al Qaeda, rival religious groups (Sunni versus Shiites, etc.)
We make a vast mistake identifying our wars against terrorists whereas what we are really seeing is an anarchistic heresy within Islam that is killing indiscriminately. Anarchy is really the name of this game plus presumably some profit-making on the part of some involved.
Our response has been too often mistakenly militaristic rather than calling terrorists enemies not just of us but of humanity in general. We need to be helping the sane Muslims — the vast majority, I assume, in protecting themselves. This is not an easy role to play. The Bush administration wanted to dominate the Middle East from a base in Iraq. We need to figure how we can turn things over to Muslims to cope with their own murderers. Pakistan is one of the nations now also at risk of destabilization by the new attacks on its central economic cities.
Reports of these mass killings are so erratic that it is almost impossible to calculate the total Muslim killings of fellow Muslims which the websites below try to do respectably with Iraq and Afghanistan.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]