PARIS AND BEIRUT
I've just read about attacks in Beirut where 40 people were killed on Thursday. People of all cultures and faiths need to unite against the atrocities in Paris and Beirut in search of practical solutions that are aimed at minimising loss of life. This means seeking more openly to understand the rise of ISIS and the hold it has especially amongst a small element of young Muslims across the globe. What we see is not a clash of civilisations between Islam and the west. The vast majority of Muslims both in the west and elsewhere are as opposed as anyone else to what has happened. They are of course also more often the victims of ISIS atrocities than non-Muslims. Various media need to amplify that voice of opposition to violence within Islam. It isn't quiet, it just isn't sufficiently the focus of media attention. We all need to work more than ever before beyond how we imagine the boundaries of faith and culture towards cultures of mutuality. We need to marginalise all tendencies towards violence whether from militant Salafism or from Islamophobes.