Friday 9 December 2016

Letters: Surge of evil across Middle East - all in the name of God

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, are seen as they prepare tea for breakfast at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, are seen as they prepare tea for breakfast at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Some of the greatest evils spring from recruiting God exclusively to one's side. The claim to have unique access to God's intentions for the world leads inevitably to arrogance and fanaticism. What is happening in Iraq has its provenance in this kind of thinking.

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As the surge of evil gathers momentum across the Middle East and North Africa, we begin to see how warped minds reach for every available instrument of terror - all in the name of God - driven by a delusional ideology that seizes the imagination, festers within communities, and offers the certainty of a place in heaven.

This gives young men a narcissistic sense of significance - a chance to be a somebody and a maker of the world.

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