To my mind that is such a simplistic conception of what happened, totally devoid of even an attempt off wider conceptualisation that I wonder if you've actually made any genuine effort to understand the situation in a broader context. And I'm not saying that to be offensive. I'm genuinely posing the question.
I do understand, and I also see your point of view, however, with respect, I think you are confusing a criminal act as an act of war. If every legitimite Islamic organisation in the UK has already denounced this as an anti Islamic action, I fail to see how you have any authority to suggest otherwise.
Yes, and I believe as Sikhs, a people who were at the very heart of the scenario you refer to above, we need to make extra effort to understand how and why this happened to us, in order to possibly try and inoculate ourselves from such a scenario in future and get dragged into God knows what mess.
I fail to see how we are involved, other than as innocent bystanders, but that could apply to many other cultures and religions, not just Sikhs.
Earlier you referred to my own perspective as 'cold', but to me what you are saying above is about as cold as you can get. Essentially you seem to be saying that death and destruction on a large scale somewhere abroad doesn't concern me, but death that takes place in my locality does because it disturbs my equilibrium. In effect - out of sight, out of mind. It is the very definition of myopic.
I guess I am myopic then, yesterday one of my puppies nearly died, that concerned me more than anything for most of the day, more than this, more than two onsite jobs I was supposed to do, more than opening my shop, and more than filling up with petrol, (yes, I ran out), your attitude reminds a bit of those that set up direct debits with every international charity going, yet forget about the homeless man at the end of the street. I put my hands up, I am myopic and proud of it. I have no control over foreign policy, I cannot change the past, I can only deal with what I see, I can feed the man at the end of the street, thats just me, you have valid points, the world needs people like you to ask these questions and make these points, its just not me...
It's not about trying to be a better man, its about having a unblinkered perspective of matters for the better of a wider group than solely ones we may identify with or belong to, by choice, birth or accident
In fact, I think I will make him a sandwich, but back to your point, other than talking about it, what do you suggest we do?
Well, people need to start getting to grips with it, ignoring the root causes only increases the chances of repetitions. At the bottom of this lie causal factors. It is essential we get to grips with them. And when we do, we may well find that yes, some people are to blame for helping foster certain climates which help fuel extremism.
Thr group that carried out this act intend to introduce Sharia law into the UK, I am not sure they need any provocation or encouragement, personally, I believe there is nothing we can do to decrease the chance of repetitions, in any case, the words horse, gate and bolted come to mind.
I don't mind criticism as long as it's fair. I'm not unemotionally effected by events either despite the subtle suggestions in your post. By your own admissions you seem to be effected by the death of one soldier and pretty much unconcerned about the deaths of larger groups of people including many innocent women and children because the media here chooses not to highlight those consequences of the countries foreign policy here. That is pretty unemotional from where I am standing. But don't take this statement personally because you probably just perfectly reflect the majority perspective of people in this country. That doesn't make it right in my opinion though.
Ok, lets get down to brass tacks, I do not believe that foreign policy contributed to this criminal act, you do.I think this criminal act was prompted by a desire to turn the UK into an Islamic state
Those people dying abroad as a consequence of British foreign policy have as much right to sympathy and a voice as anyone else in my view. It's just such a shame that this important point has only been brought into focus and mainstream discussion after nasty, violent acts like we have witnessed. That itself is saying a lot about the power and nature of negation through silence. Maybe people need to honestly inquire of themselves - 'have I been a part of this negation, even if it was unintentional?'
I'd argue a conscious Sikh should do that
I think you insult every man, woman and child that has died as a result of British foreign policy by suggesting that these criminals speak for them.
In fact these criminals have taken the fun out of fundamentalism.
Can I please now go back to my drawing books, there is an elephant I really like the look of, I am going to call him Percy.