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Duke professor: Do not view ISIS as example of Muslim community

Posted March 22

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— A Duke University professor said turning others against Muslims is exactly what the terrorists in Brussels hoped would happen on Tuesday.

Tim Nichols—an associate professor specializing in counter terrorism at Duke University—says the Brussel attackers had two main objectives when carrying out the deadly bombings: provoke an overreaction against the entire Muslim community, and to convince frustrated Muslims to join their fight.

“They’re scared and that’s the specific reason for these types of attacks,” Nichols said. “To have invasive tactics or unlawful detentions, or any other types of things that would inflame the Muslim population.”
Nichols said he cautions people to not view ISIS terrorists as an example of the entire Muslim community.

“Muslim citizens who sometimes feel fragmented or disenfranchised, or somehow separate but are very moderate, the intent in ISIS’s action would be to somehow radicalize them,” he said.

Nichols added that bombings were punitive attack on Belgium for detaining one of the Paris terrorists.

“They’ll learn a lot from the people they capture,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll interview them and find info that helps them tear apart the terrorist network.”

Nichols said Americans should not fear traveling to Europe after the attack in Brussels.

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  • Blake Burgher Mar 23, 2016
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    Great point. How come nobody in these predominantly muslim neighborhoods where these terrorists are living ever reports anything suspicious? Are the "moderate"muslims looking the other way? It's kinda like how not every Chrisitan HAS to do missionary work as long as others are. Not every muslim has to wage jihad as long as there are others doing it.

  • Jarfaris Brown Mar 23, 2016
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    With all these bombing, killings, the one common problem is that their families say they knew nothing about it. I'd feel more comfortable trusting Muslims if they would help us fight against the terrorism. In my opinion we should arrest family members as accessories to these murders. We may not know where they cowards are hiding, but we know where their families are. We put out flowers, and flags at half mast and they blow us up, then say love us,"We're a religion of love."BOOM!

  • Blake Burgher Mar 23, 2016
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    Ya know, one of the most odious and despicable parts of this whole debacle is that the people that ISIS and other Islamic groups are really trying to drive a wedge between are probably just us Westerners. I mean just look at how divided we are now in America and Europe. We're so mad at each other and we aren't even the ones blowing each other up; the muslims are. I think we can all agree we don't want to get blown up, nor shot to death and we'd prefer not to do that to others. The problem is that a whole lotta muslims feel the exact opposite and they're willing to put their money where their mouth is. So, hate me if you want, be mad at me if you want, but I just don't want to see anymore Boston Marathon Bombings, or Bataclans, or WTCs, or San Bernardinos. I'd love it if muslims could make peace amongst themselves too (sunni/shi'ite) but that's not our prerogative; that's their problem and they need to settle it once and for all. But not on American soil...

  • John Lobenstein Mar 23, 2016
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    If we are not allowed to have negative impression regarding Islam based on the action of the terrorists why are the all "special snowflake" groups and/or organizations allowed, even encouraged, to issue blanket condemnations of everyone outside their focus group(s) that debate their talking point(s)?

  • Ben Wellington Mar 23, 2016
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    If Isis is not Islamic, than why does the I in Isis stand for Islamic?

  • Blake Burgher Mar 23, 2016
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    Marginalizing them? Do you really think they're going to get on board with gay marriage, abortion rights, equal pay and opportunities for women, separation of church and state, etc. while keeping the faith? If you're saying that instead of marginalizing them we should inculcate them into our tolerant society and ways then you're necessarily saying you intend to eradicate the very nature of their faith. It's the same reason people get so tired of super intolerant Christians; their outdated faith doesn't comport with a modern tolerant and egalitarian society. The difference is the Christians aren't regularly blowing people up and shooting them to death just for not agreeing with them. If they were then I'd be saying deal with that religious problem. But they aren't.

    We can bury our heads in the sand all we want here, but there is a basic conflict of ideology at play. And considering that there are already about 3 million muslims here, it sounds like we've got our work cut out for us.

  • Pete Muller Mar 23, 2016
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    Blake. We already have about 3 million people of Muslim faith living in the USA. And nothing caters better to the goals of Isis than marginalizing them. That is what the Duke professor was talking about. BTW, the article is not about immigration.

  • Blake Burgher Mar 23, 2016
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    "The line must be drawn here. This far, no further."

  • Blake Burgher Mar 23, 2016
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    The Koran prescribes an alternative to killing non-believers; convert them. So, we could all just become muslims and then ISIS would probably be happy. Perhaps we should do that. But then we would be waving goodbye to gay rights, women's rights and saying hello to laws against things like apostasy and heresy a la Europe's medieval ages...do we really want to go back to that to appease these people and make them stop killing us? The answer is obviously no.

  • Blake Burgher Mar 23, 2016
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    And as much as it will pain people to hear it, Trump is right. We have to stop letting these people in until we figure out what's going on. At the very least we do not need to be importing these people, their culture and religion of hate, and its commensurate violence wholesale into our country. I'm sorry to say that, but that's the tough choice we have; do nothing and keep getting blown up, or do the one thing that can be done to stop it.

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