As a consequence from the horrible events last Friday, as we all know France has officially declared war on ISIS.
As a humanist and a German born and bred, I refer to the article one of the German law, which states that the dignity of man is inviolable, and therefore I find any military intervention, which puts a huge threat on innocent human beings quite hard to digest. Nevertheless in the hearts of my heart (forgetting about morality for a moment), it seems correct to me and I would openly say to Mr Hollande (including the political elite he is negotiating with): Please with the help and necessary agreement of any other nation do everything to wipe all Islamic terrorists of the face of this earth, no matter what it costs and how much effort it takes. I am by now a firm advocate of this war, the option to carry on as we are is no longer viable and it is the ultimate only way to prevent further human disaster.
I have tried to free myself up from any emotion caused by this never ending terrorist attacks in the recent past, which is not so difficult, as there was luckily no-one I know amongst the victims, and from the convictions of politicians like Obama, Putin or Cameron or any other trusted person in my close circle of friends. Instead I have consulted existing knowledge to form my own opinion. For that purpose I have investigated the Wiki of philosophy concretely an in-depth theory of value and its complexity, which has been published inside the Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Using this as a trustworthy and consistent source of information, I come to the following conclusions:
A. Regarding the current state of affairs on the philosophy of value itself:
It should be the ultimate reference for moral justification on a decision of the immensity like the ISIS threat and therefore the decision for this war can be documented as a moral cause. The decision making should create overall value above the consequences of the decision and I think, the year 2000 up to now has given evidence that our moral is at risk, if we do not defend it, apart from further lives that are at stake. The decision is also not self righteous, as it accepts lack of knowledge, gaps and weaknesses as a feature of the human organism, where Sharia law does not stand for this moral, but rather for one of subjugation. Nevertheless the victims are part of a human organism, which is living towards these moral standards and accepts them and therefore has a right to be treated in accordance.
B. Regarding the political situation, this is the current scenario, where a value of decision making can be applied:
One could argue that the west has thrown the first stone by invading Afghanistan and Irak, but has in the meantime undergone inquiry and is seeking redemption. Any chain of events needs to be closed after the decision maker, who is responsible for its consequences is no longer in power, otherwise a human society would carry over guilt from its past generations for forever. This would only take away any human dignity and value on both sides (victims and perpetrators) and is therefore counterproductive to eliminate racist prejudices and mindsets. In this sense the current terrorist attacks mostly stem from this form of radicalisation and must be stopped with means of escalation, as all efforts of diplomacy and ‘local’ negotiations take no effect. The root cause of the problem is the incommensurability of western and Islamic value and moral, which excludes any form of compromise, as opposite virtues and vices are the topic of negotiation, not some form of peaceful coexistence. In this way there is only left the right of the stronger, more powerful and this is what ultimately war is about.
C. Regarding the social situation in Europe:
Despite our preparedness to accept different value standards we do not enjoy a diverse society with mutual respect, but created something rather disjointed, partly hostile and non-trusting, where minor improvements like some sort of acceptance or respect in amongst the literate population has been achieved. Demands to acquire some basic skills of the native language and understanding of the culture and history for anybody living in a European or American country seem like a drop of water in a big sea and even these propositions are far away from being considered necessary or beneficial, as anybody has the right to import their values into a foreign land. It seems as though direct consequences have never been thoroughly scrutinised.
D. Regarding the position of Leaders in the Arab world (especially Saudi Arabia):
The Arab states do not protect their population and do not seem to be very interested in the situation in Syria, otherwise they would open their borders and take on refugees. I do not recognise any sign of commitment from their side, which would seem to be obvious, if human life has more value than cattle.
Time and patience have run out and our political leaders must feel and do feel accountable to protect our societies from further erosion and violence.
F. Strategy and Planning:
1. Certainly this war cannot guarantee avoidance of further collateral damage, but without accepting that risk Europe is permanently held to ransom.
2. It is time for a world society, that safeguards peace, solidarity and stability on this earth, and we have come quite far in countries, that can be called civilised.
3. As a clear consequence we need to accept intelligence services which must identify all people, which promote extremist narratives or are already part of an extremist network, such that manipulation and indoctrination of young people can be stopped once for all.
4. A common definition of human rights and values as the centre of a sacrosanct code of conduct must be agreed between political leaders on the world stage and be recognised as a better option to govern and sustain the health of any country in the world. Any form of belief and/or faith system could be considered or made compliant with the world’s act of human rights.
5. It is clear that this is long-term and cannot be finished in our life-time, but what better strategy is available? Trident and complete re-build of our civilisation/anarchy?
At the end I want to say thanks to Janus and reiterate the value of his blog.