I thought my heart would never go to Islamic State murderers, but this video of two of them speaking to their Kurdish captors brought out the father in me. Two intelligent and even beautiful young Syrians who could have been so useful to their country reveal how they were readily drawn into the clutches of that abominable organisation. They seem to be beginning to open their eyes to the horrors they committed and through which they have passed. One can’t be quite sure. They are prisoners and afraid. But their body language – though understandably nervous – indicates sincerity. Above all, their tragedy, the waste of their promising lives, points to the greater tragedy of the Muslim world: how millions of its people are driven by rage, ignorance, overcrowding and false pride inculcated in them by mullahs with a false long memory and vested interests, are ready to lend themselves to barbarism. The video is long and its producers are not skilled, but it justifies the pain it inflicts on the watcher. Come up with your own theory on whether Islam itself plays a pivotal part in the mess.
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- Bryan Magee’s Ultimate Questions, Princeton University Press, 2016.
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