Under normal circumstances the best answer would be NO, extremism is never acceptable. That is unless you are in bed with the US and then you can get away with crimes against humanity in the name of friendship.
I mean look at the acts committed by ISIS…..the beheadings, the burning deaths, the torture, the treatment of women and prisoners…..none of this is acceptable, right?
Well you see that one of the US greatest allies is capable of all this and more…..oh so much more……
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested in 2012 and accused of taking part in anti-government protests and illegally possessing firearms; he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in 2014. Now, Saudi Arabia has dismissed his final appeal and he has no other legal options to fight the sentence, Middle East Monitor reports. As the International Business Times reports, it appears al-Nimr’s connection to Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr—his uncle and a prominent religious leader and critic of the Saudi regime—is a large part of the case against him. With the elder al-Nimr scheduled to be executed this week—there’s been no confirmation of it happening so far—activists fear his nephew could also be executed within days.
Activists say the younger al-Nimr was tortured, denied access to lawyers, and forced to sign a confession under duress; they claim there is no evidence of firearms offenses al-Nimr was charged with, and al-Nimr and his family deny all the charges against him. His trial did not meet international standards, reports IBT, and his appeal was held in secret without al-Nimr knowing about it. “No one should have to go through the ordeal Ali has suffered—torture, forced ‘confession’, and an unfair, secret trial process,” says an advocate at legal charity Reprieve. “His execution—based apparently on the authorities’ dislike for his uncle, and his involvement in anti-government protests—would violate international law and the most basic standards of decency.”
Saudi Arabia….the home of Wahhabism…in case you are confused what I am eluding to….let me help….
It would be a mistake and unethical to criticize all of Islam on the basis of doctrines particular to Wahhabi Muslims. Modern Islamic extremism and terrorism simply cannot be explained or understood without looking at the history and influence of Wahhabi Islam. This means that it’s important from an ethical and an academic perspective to understand what Wahhabi Islam teaches, what’s so dangerous about it, and why those teachings differ from other branches of Islam……(Google works well for research)…….
Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (d. 1792) was the first modern Islamic fundamentalist and extremists. Wahhab made the central point of his reform movement the principle that absolutely every idea added to Islam after the third century of the Mulsim era (about 950 CE) was false and should be eliminated. Muslims, in order to be true Muslims, must adhere solely and strictly to the original beliefs set forth by Muhammad.
The reason for this extremist stance, and the focus of Wahhab’s reform efforts, was a number of popular practices which he believed represented a regression to pre-Islamic polytheism.
That’s right, Irene…the extremism that you so much despise originated in the one country that the US has strong ties with….in these days of yore. And yet we accept their crimes against humanity and in doing so….we are showing our acceptance of such extremism.
Let me ask…..why do we spend so much time condemning ISIS for their extremism and look the other way when someone close to us using the same techniques to control their population?
Do not take my word for it….read this from those fine people over at OK, Fine……
Does not that somehow make us as guilty as anyone?
Let me see…..ISIS takes territory and eliminates its enemies…..Is that not what Saudi and the other Gulf Monarchs are doing in Yemen?
Where’s the difference?