This sentiment is the poison through which the darkest chapters of human history are written. It drives good people to evil.
It is easy to hate, I know.
That the Islamic State is an almost comic-book villain style of evil is a given.
Likewise, each and every one of its members is human. Somehow, they came to the conclusion that theirs was the path to take.
You might not always be completely informed of their reasoning, either. Some of them were forced to fight - many of the Syrian refugees are fleeing impressment. When you read stories of ISIS executing its own troops for fleeing, be wary of laughing.Others are there for the rape
, the bloodshed. The promise of martyrdom or whatever twisted focus their ideology has given them. A view that something is wrong with the world and that it must be set 'right'.
To deny their humanity is to deny exploring why. How.
Yes, it leads to some uncomfortable questions.
Refuse to face them, and they will just come back under another name.
The cycle will continue and you will rail at things failing to be better than they were yesterday.
Every member of the Islamic State, every supporter, deserves justice.
As does each and every one of their victims.
No matter how soon and how decisive, it will not come soon enough. Not be great enough.
Life is not fair.
We measure the progress of human civilization by how far we have come in correcting this error in reality.
If you refuse to acknowledge the humanity of a perpetrator, you refuse to examine why. What led them to this.
Maybe it was fear.
Maybe it was ignorance.
Maybe it was desperation.
Maybe it was illness.
You may wish death or worse on these people, and I would not fault you for wanting such a judgment. Please understand what that means, however, and please be willing to help salt the fields on which these ideologies grow.
There is another, immensely more dangerous problem with associating 'inhuman' with 'evil'.