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If Islamic extremism was eradicated, could the Middle East be a more peaceful place like it once was?

Asked by: SegBeg
  • I think so.

    The Middle East is home to many of the world's greatest ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Babylon, Israel, etc. The Middle East used to be a very peaceful place, but then Islam came along and ruined it. Now I'm not saying all Muslims are bad- HELL NO! I'm talking about Islamic extremists- ISIS, Al-Queda, the Taliban, etc. THEY'RE the ones destroying the Middle East. They're destroying their heritage. It's sickening to witness. Now they're spreading their evils to Africa- especially North Africa which has a majority Arab Muslim population- don't even get me started on the war in Libya. Soon they'll get to Europe then maybe even the Americas. We can't let this happen. Islamic extremism NEEDS to stop. It makes some Middle Easterners ashamed to be Middle Eastern. They don't want to be associated with terrorists. Who would? The Middle East can have Islam, but they need to stop encouraging Islamic extremism and terrorism as most of their governments do. I want the Middle East to flourish like it once did.

  • Maybe even more

    The rescent rise of Islamic extremism has produced more and more people with secular ideals. People in the Middle East are no longer looking to religion on how to govern their socieries as was evident after el-Sisi who is a secularist politician was elected in Egypt in a landslide victory. Many Saudi thinkers are now pushing for secularization and are having their voices heard. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, a man for whom I have deep respect, is one of the most moderate people the Middle East has ever known. He is very progressive, moderate and caring. He actually tried to stop the Irani government from continuing with the nuclear programme even though the US renewed sanctions for no reason.

  • It would sort of work

    Getting rid of these groups would partly solve the problem as there would be less fighting in the middle east but in order to prevent the fighting there has to be more stable leaders and governments in the middle east which would mean getting rid of people like the leader of Syria.

  • Islamic Extremism is the problem

    Islamic Extremism is the philosophy that's breeding terrorism and that heinous mindset and movement in the Middle East. Islam has lived in virtual peace for hundreds of years, but it has become corrupted by very aggressive and savage individuals that want to see the blood of civilians spilled on the streets. With that mindset gone, the Middle East will definitely become a more peaceful place.

  • A step in the right direction

    Firstly we have to consider the direct consequences, the reduced chaos from conflict between various sects and other religions would resulting in a lot of lives being saved and in the more peaceful world the middle east could develop more. In addition to this extremists hold back the middle east from technologically developing as many ban modern items and restrict schooling to all with those lucky enough to get schooling in areas controlled by them often have a subpar education as far too much of their time is spent on religion and too little on the STEM subjects which are necessary to allow future generation to modernise a country technologically. The knock on effect of extremism in the past has lead to the rise of dictators in oppression to them, while may of these wouldn't relinquish their power straight away their support would steadily crumble as many people are only loyal to oppressive governments as they see them as the less of two evils in comparison to their Jihadist enemies. As such in time these governments would be forced to modernise my choice or by force.

  • It would make it somewhat more peaceful.

    The ultimate reason why there is so much crap going on in the Middle East, and there is so much foreign involvement is ISIS and the Syrian Civil War, and once these conflicts are resolved (through pacifistic or militaristic ways) this would greatly reduce nonnative implications within the area, and It would be safer place, but I don't think this would completely eradicate the dissensions within the Middle East.

  • Islam is the problem

    If the question was, "If Islam was eradicated, could the Middle East be a more peaceful place?", then the answer would be yes. Islam is the root cause of the problems in the Middle East. It's not ideal to eradicate Islamic extremism because extremism is a fundamental part of Islamic doctrine. From denying the Holocaust to beheading "Christian infidels", Islam has always been the root problem. Unless people stop believing this death cult, peace in the Middle East is far from reach.

  • Safer, but not as much as it should be.

    There seems, based on history, that terrorism especially when it's rooted in long-existing hatred, pain, and suffering, will find willing participants to take the place of previous terrorist groups. In order for decent people in the Middle East to truly be in peace, we need to show the young people that live in war-torn and impoverished countries, that there are more positive things that they can focus their energies on. It's not easy, but most things that are worth it, are.

  • No -- a false question !

    The question is based on the false axiom "like it once was". The Middle-East was never a more peaceful place; in fact the current era is the most peaceful ever.
    Islamic extremism contributes to violence but is not the only cause. If it was eliminated then the Middle-East may be more peaceful, but not "like it once was" since such a development would be unprecedented.
    The question simply ignores all the other conflicts: nationalist, racial, tribal, political, resource conflicts, other religious conflicts. There's no reason to believe these would not in turn come to the fore and be just as violent. So we must that the question as currently posed is best answered by a solid "No".

  • No -- a false question !

    The question is based on the false axiom "like it once was". The Middle-East was never a more peaceful place; in fact the current era is the most peaceful ever.
    Islamic extremism contributes to violence but is not the only cause. If it was eliminated then the Middle-East may be more peaceful, but not "like it once was" since such a development would be unprecedented.
    The question simply ignores all the other conflicts: nationalist, racial, tribal, political, resource conflicts, other religious conflicts. There's no reason to believe these would not in turn come to the fore and be just as violent. So we must that the question as currently posed is best answered by a solid "No".

  • Problems of the Middle East are far more deep rooted.

    The actual circumstances that allowed groups like ISIS and other Neo-Khawarij to arise in the first place was the monumental fvck-up that was the Sykes Picot agreement. So long as the borders of the Levant are as they are, you'll continue to have the same conflict between Sunnis and Shia's, Kurds and Arabs, Secularists and Religious. What led to the MENA's problems today wasn't Radicalism necessarily, but the assumption that one can instill Western visions of Nationalism in a region who's very history and tradition calls to the contrary.

  • There are two

    Nearly impossible things that would be required for a peaceful middle east.

    First is as mentioned the eradication or complete marginalization of islamic extremism, otherwise they will be fighting to commit genocide against each other and the rest of humanity for as long as humanity exists in any way shape or form.

    Second would be either the world gaining independence from oil; or all middle east oil production was under control of, or subservient to, global superpowers. Without this happening war and strife would still happen regularly to 'take the oil, and if we can't take it make sure we get a yuge deal on it' under the guise of righteous causes.

    To too many lives are meaningless and only power and wealth matter. They would be willing to spend hundreds of thousands of lives and put the public into extreme debt as long as it increased their personal power and wealth.


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