Syria’s Territorial Integrity Is Important

18 02 2017

 

 

by Harun Yahya

In the coming days, there will be two important meetings, 15 days apart, regarding the future of Syria. In the first of these meetings, the parties will meet in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city, tomorrow, under the leadership of Turkey and Russia, who played a major role in the ceasefire. Then on February 8, the Geneva Conference will take place under the leadership of the United Nations. This will be the fourth round of the meetings that took place in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The main agenda of both meetings will be to develop a common roadmap for a lasting peace in the country. After a lasting peace is established, the reconstruction of Syria’s administration and its infrastructure will be planned. Two parties – who have been fighting with each other for six years – uniting under one administration stand out as an important problem. But for the future of the Middle East and in the big picture, the Islamic world, the preservation of the territorial integrity of Syria is very important.

Recently, maps dividing the Middle East are being presented in the international media one after the other. New political maps are being engineered in some circles. These new maps will affect 19 Islamic countries from Libya to Pakistan and about 650mn Muslims living in these countries. The goal is to materialise the bloody scenario that some deep-seated powers planned, especially for the Middle East, and to make the world a more dangerous place by dividing the Muslim countries once again. The plan is aimed at launching new civil wars that will last for decades. This insidious plan must be prevented. The Islamic world does not need new conflicts, new divisions and new disagreements.  It is time to increase our common ground and unite.

The first of the fragmented Middle East maps was drawn by the British historian Bernard Lewis after the Cold War. The updated version appeared in 2006 carrying US intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters’ signature. Then, in January 2008, with Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in the Atlantic Monthly magazine and a report by Kenneth Katzman presented to the American Congress on September 25, 2008 two new maps appeared. To date, many different “New Middle East Maps” have been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the BBC, the New York Times, Pakistan Defense, Washington Post, Reuters, and Huffington Post.

In these maps, think tanks or media outlets have drawn new borders in parallel with the political or economic interests of the centres they represent. Although there were partial differences between these borders that were drawn on a table, they all had something in common. Their aim was to establish 15 new small states in the Middle East, North Africa and West Asia by destroying today’s Muslim states. The real life applications of these maps can be seen in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan today. The Islamic world should stand in a state of collective opposition to these divisive policies. Thus, the forthcoming Syria peace talks will be a very suitable point of resistance in this respect.

Participants in Astana particularly emphasised the importance of preserving the integrity of Syria during the Moscow talks. Russia and Turkey have repeatedly pointed out to the dangers of partition and stated that the main purpose of the meeting in Astana is a solution that will prevent the fragmentation of the country. This emphasis is not only important for Syria, but also for the future of the region.

Turkey is undoubtedly one of the countries which should have the most say regarding Syria. YPG/PKK members from Syria took part in many terrorist acts that took place on Turkish soil in 2016. Also, the weapons the US sent to the YPG are being used by the PKK against Turkey. Three million Syrian refugees live in Turkey. The Turkish government has spent close to $20bn over the course of five years for its guests.

Turkey and Syria share a 650km border, so the security of the other side of the border is synonymous with the security of Turkey. It is absolutely unacceptable for us to let the Stalinist PKK constitute a threat for both Syria and Turkey by forming cantons beyond the border. Both the Syrian regime and the opposition already share this concern of Turkey.

At this stage, many regional states are ready to commit to the task of guarantorship in Syria and to make sacrifices for the reconstruction of Syria. This is the first time a lasting peace has come so close in Syria, even if some circles do not want it. The Syrian peace will also have a positive effect on those Muslim territories where civil war still rages on. Muslims will show that they can live in peace to the whole world and “The Clash of Civilizations” or “Age of Muslim Wars” projects of warmongers such as Samuel Huntington will prove to be futile.

There is not much opportunity left to stop the bloodshed in the Muslim world and this opportunity should not be wasted. This is what the oppressed people surrounded by fire in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya are hoping for.  The spirit of brotherhood should reign over the Syria talks. The establishment of peace in Syria is in favour of all Muslims whether they participate in the talks or not.

The Islamic world should be at the forefront in the race for civilisation. Bringing peace back among the Muslims will be the first step in bringing Islamic civilisation to the point it deserves. This is a goal all Muslims should strive to achieve in unison.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Darwinism Is a Superstitous Belief That Disparages Women

7 02 2017

 

by Harun Yahya

The alleged scientific support that Social Darwinism provided for racism, fascism and imperialism, as well as communism, is a widely known subject that has been much written about. But one lesser known fact is that a great many Darwinists, including Charles Darwin himself, have believed in the fallacy  that women are both biologically and mentally inferior to men.

As the evolutionist scientist John R. Durant also acknowledges, racism and sexual discrimination are the two main consequences of the theory of evolution. Durant verbalized the fallaciousness in Darwin’s stance regarding women as follows:

… Darwin extended this placement by analogy to include not only children and congenital idiots but also women, some of whose powers of intuition, of rapid perception, and perhaps of imitation were “characteristic of the lower races, and therefore of a past and lower state of civilization.”[i]

The errors made by Darwin that Durant referred to appear in The Descent of Man, as follows:

It is generally admitted that with women the powers of intuition, of rapid perception, and perhaps of imitation, are more strikingly marked than in man; but some, at least, of these faculties are characteristic of the lower races, and therefore of a past and lower state of civilisation. [ii]

It is clearly obvious that Darwin looked down on women even while he explains why marriage is useful:

… children—constant companion, (friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, object to be beloved and played with—better than a dog anyhow—Home, and someone to take care of house—Charms of music and female chit-chat. These things good for one’s health.[iii]

Darwin states that he – in his twisted way – regards marriage as necessary using the reasoning which predicates that “a woman’s friendship is better than a dog’s,”  yet his statements about marriage made no reference at all to features such as friendship, affection, love, devotion, loyalty, closeness, sincerity and trust between two people who spend their lives together. About marriage, Darwin also had this to say:

… loss of time—cannot read in the evenings—fatness and idleness—anxiety and responsibility—less money for books, etc.,—if many children, forced to gain one’s bread … perhaps my wife won’t like London; then the sentence is banishment and degradation with indolent idle fool. [iv]

In The Descent of Man, Darwin also claims that men are superior to women:

The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by man’s attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can women—whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry, painting, sculpture, music, … history, science, and philosophy … the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also infer, from the law of the deviation from averages, so well illustrated by Mr. Galton, in his work on “Hereditary Genius” that if men are capable of a decided pre-eminence over women in many subjects, the average of mental power in man must be above that of women. [v]

Of course, all of Darwin’s negative opinions regarding women and the misogynistic discourses of some other Darwinists, the samples of which will be given as we proceed, are diametrically opposed to the moral values described in the Qur’an. In the Qur’an, God commands us to be very compassionate, respectful and protective towards women. Furthermore, He cites women with superior morality such as Mary and the wife of the Pharoah as role models.  Superiority in the Sight of God is not according to one’s race, gender or rank but according to their closeness to God and their faith. In many verses of the Qur’an God informs us that all those who believe- without any discrimination between man and woman- will be rewarded with what they have done:

Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did. (Surat An-Nahl, 97)

Examples of the nonsensical remarks of Darwinism regarding women

Darwin’s misogynistic statements are very clear and many scientists are well aware of this fact. Dr. Jerry Bergman, who is against the evolution theory and who explains the negative impacts of Darwinism on social life in his more than 800 published works and more than 20 books, says the following in his book titled The Dark Side of Charles Darwin:

Darwin himself concluded that the differences between human males and females were so large that it was surprising “such different beings belong to the same species” and that “even greater differences” had not evolved. Natural and sexual selection were at the core of Darwinism, and human female inferiority was both a major proof and a chief witness of this theory.

Darwin concluded that men shaped women’s evolution the male’s liking by sexual selection, just as animal breeders shaped animals to the needs of humans. Conversely, war tended to prune the weaker men, allowing only the more fit to return home and reproduce. Men were also the hunters, another activitiy that pruned weaker men. Women, in contrast, were not subject to these selection pressures because they “specialized in the ‘gathering’ part of the primitive economy” that did not require the strength or stamina of war or hunting.” [vi]

The major (and mistaken) justifications Darwin gave for his female inferiority conclusions are summarized in his classic work, The Descent of Man. In this book, Darwin argued that adult females of most species resembled the young of both sexes and that “males are more evolutionarily advanced than females.” He (mistakingly) concluded that since female evolution progressed at a slower rate than male evolution, a woman was “in essence, a stunted man”. This degrading view of women rapidly spread to Darwin’s scientific and academic contemporaries.

For example, Darwin’s contemporary and disciple, anthropologist  McGrigor Allan, states that women are less evolved than men and that “physically, mentally and morally, woman is a kind of adult child… it is doubtful if women have contributed one profound original idea of the slightest permanent value to the world.” [vii]

Of course, Darwin had no scientific basis for proposing these fallacies, but his biased and prejudiced claims about women spread rapidly among his scientific contemporaries.

For example, the materialist Carl Vogt, a professor of natural history at the University of Geneva, accepted all the conclusions drawn by Darwin, without subjecting them to any scientific analysis, and claimed that “the child, the female, and the senile white” all had the intellectual features and personality of the “grown -up Negro,” and that consequently they were inferior. [viii]

Herr Vogt went even further and brought forward the lie that they were actually closer to animals than men. According to Vogt, a woman was “a stunted man” whose development had been obstructed because her evolution had come to a premature halt. [ix] Vogt even claimed that the gap between males and females increases with civilization’s progress and is greatest in the advanced societies of Europe. [x] Darwin was greatly influenced by Vogt’s rantings, and stated that he was honored to count him among his most important supporters. [xi]

Evolutionist Paul Broca (1824-1880) of the Faculty of Medicine in Paris was particularly interested in the skull differences between men and women.  Broca misconstrued the relatively smaller brain in women and came up with the fallacy that women were intellectually inferior to men. Of course, that is a very irrational claim; today it has been concluded that there is no relationship between human intelligence and the size of the brain. It is absolutely impossible to come to a truthful conclusion simply by looking at the weight of the brain.

Many other evolutionists following the fallacies of Darwin and continued to claim that women are biologically and intellectually inferior to men. Furthermore, some evolutionists even classified men and women as two different psychological species. According to this fallacy, men are classified as homo-frontalis and women as homo-parietalis. Again an evolutionist writer, Elaine Morgan stated that Darwin encouraged men to work on the reasons why women were “manifestly inferior and irreversibly subordinant.”( EIaine Morgan, The Descent of Woman, New York: Stein and Day, 1972, p. 1)

Being a woman or a man would not make one superior to the other

Obviously, Darwin’s theses were based not on science, but on the culture and primitive scientific understanding of the Victorian Era he lived in. These theses gave way to harmful behavior, violence towards women and caused women to be regarded as inferior beings in many societies. Philosophies such as fascism and communism that disparage women, basically embrace Darwin’s misguided understanding regarding women.

The intellectual characteristics that Darwinists use as criteria are abilities given by Allah, irrespective of gender. In one verse, God reveals: “You who believe! If you fear [and respect] God, He will give you a standard (of right and wrong)…” (Surat al-Anfal, 29) As this verse reveals, judgment-and thus, intellect-develops not according to gender, but according to fear of God.

According to the Qur’an, men and women are equal, and superiority is defined by heedfulness.

God has imposed equal responsibilities on both, and holds both responsible for the same matters. Whether one is a male or female does not make a person superior in the Sight of God, but fear and deep love of and devotion to Him, and proper moral values do. In one of His verses, our Lord reveals that regardless of gender, those who exhibit the best behavior will receive the best reward for their moral values:

Anyone, male or female, who does right actions and is a believer, will enter the Garden. They will not be wronged by so much as the tiniest speck. (Surat an-Nisa’, 124) 

Their Lord responds to them “I will not let the deeds of any doer among you go to waste, male or female…” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 195)

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com

 


[i] John R. Durant, “The Ascent of Nature in Darwin’s Descent of Man” in The Darwinian Heritage, Ed. by David Kohn, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985), p.295
[ii] Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1871 (1896 print), p.326
[iii] Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882 (Ed. by Nora Barlow), New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1958, p. 232-233
[iv] Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882 (Ed. by Nora Barlow), New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1958, p. 232-233
[v] Jerry Bergman, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin, Master Books, 2011, p. 246
[vi] Jerry Bergman, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin, Master Books, 2011, p. 246
[vii] Jerry Bergman, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin, Master Books, 2011, p. 249
[viii] Carl Vogt, Lectures on Man: His Place in Creation, and the History of Earth, edited by James Hunt, London: Paternoster Row, Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1864, xv, 192
[ix] Stephanie A. Shields, “Functionalism, Darwinism, and the Psychology of Women; A Study in Social Myth,” American Psychologist, no. 1 (1975): 749
[x] Evelleen Richards, “Darwin and the Descent of Women,” in David Oldroyd and Ian Langham (Eds.), The Wider Domain of Evolutionary Thought (Holland: D. Reidel, 1983), 75
[xi] Evelleen Richards, “Darwin and the Descent of Women,” in David Oldroyd and Ian Langham (Eds.), The Wider Domain of Evolutionary Thought (Holland: D. Reidel, 1983), 74 49


The Harbinger of a Strong Alliance: Astana Negotiations

3 02 2017

 

by Harun Yahya

The negotiations held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on January 23-24 marked a milestone towards a solution to the Syrian crisis that has been ongoing for 6 years.

The 24-hour-long talks, which ended with a joint statement by Russia, Iran and Turkey, also witnessed significant “firsts”. The following are the prominent ones:

– Over the course of the Syrian civil war that has been continuing since 2011, for the first time, the representatives of the Syrian government, armed opposition groups, Iran, Turkey and Russia came together on an official platform.  The UN Nations Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura spoke about the Astana negotiations in glowing terms, using the expression “something that has not happened before.”

– The establishment of a trilateral control mechanism under the guarantee of Russia, Iran and Turkey in order to ensure a permanent ceasefire in Syria is a crucial solution-oriented step that will ensure the continuity, speed and stability of the peace talks;

– By taking a stand on the territorial integrity, unity and independence of Syria, all parties that participated in the meeting dealt the most critical political blow to the foul design of the world deep state and its proxies, which has aimed for decades to divide the region into smaller, easy-to-control parts.

–  This initiative showed that regardless of the groups, sects and views, Muslims can escape the hostility and conflict they are dragged into by the plots of the deep state and additionally they can certainly gather around a table and unite in common benefits and conclusions;

– The Astana talks proved that even the smallest and well-intentioned step towards the solidarity and cooperation among Muslims can lead to great achievements. In contrast to the four years of the Geneva talks that has yet to produce any solution, the 24-hour-long Astana negotiations achieved significant tangible progress;

– The tripartite mechanism comprised of Russia, Iran and Turkey that will monitor the ceasefire process reached a mutual consensus for the first-time stating, “there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and it can only be solved through a political peace process”. The same statement included that the trilateral mechanism supports the participation of the opposition groups in the Geneva talks that will open at the end of February.

– All the participant parties in the meeting made it clear that they definitely won’t deal with militant groups such as the PYD/YPG, or radical, blood-shedding structures such as ISIS and al-Nusra willing to have a share in the region by taking advantage of this environment laden with crises and conflicts. Thus, the negotiations put forth a strong common stance stating that the deep world state and its proxies could not have a say in the future of Syria and the region.

– It became evident that Iran, which has long been facing a difficult challenge against the severe pressures, threats and sanctions of imperialism, can participate to be a significant international actor when supported by true friends and allies;

– The steps of a yet-to-be-named new and very powerful global alliance have been taken that is henceforth determined to have a true say in the region: “Russia-Iran-Turkey alliance…” This powerful alliance now exudes a strong image and impression that will become a major determining factor especially in the future of the Middle East, Africa and the entire world of Islam.

The foresight, rational and agreeable attitudes of the guarantor countries, which refrain from pursuing strict policies as necessitated by their centuries-old historical experiences and deep-rooted state traditions, made a positive impact on the regime and the opposition forces as well. Thus, it resulted in a mild, optimistic and a reconciliatory picture. The guarantor countries adopting honest, just and sincere attitudes, which is in contrast to the behavioral patterns of the deep powers that are full of the usual insidious, double-dealing, sneaky and secret plans and agendas, had substantially contributed to this positive picture.

Positive and promising statements made by the representatives of the parties after the talks in Astana were also indicative of the success achieved in the path to permanent peace and solution for Syria.

Expressing his support for the joint statement by the three guarantor countries, Syrian government representative Bashar Jaafari said, “We finally have a document based on consensus that everyone agrees upon.” The opposition spokesman Yahya al-Aridi stated that, “The opposition is ready to do everything to give life to Syria, even to negotiate under such freezing temperatures to give a chance to ceasefire.” Moscow, Tehran, Ankara and the UN also express their faith at every opportunity in the political solution, and the establishment of permanent peace and ceasefire for Syria.

Astana negotiations have definitely been a great beginning for the solution of the Syrian crisis. This newly opened path should be treaded decisively without paying any regard to the comments from the deep media trying to overshadow its success at every opportunity by its tense, pessimistic and provocative tone.

A great duty and responsibility fall on all parties, especially on the guarantor countries, with regard to the permanence of the ceasefire and the establishment of the process of peace, stability and normalization in Syria. For Syria, a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-sectarian country, the most urgent need is to ultimately attain a democracy where all parties will be represented fairly and equally by following the required transitional periods.

As a global superpower, Russia’s role and impact on the solution of the Syrian crisis is beyond question. Having said that, Iran and Turkey, two fellow Muslim countries, working in close cooperation is particularly vital for the happiness and welfare of both Syria and the Muslim community.

The best response and the most effective solution to the provocations carried out by the deep powers over denominational and ethnic differences, the wars they fueled over these factors, and the genocide they pursue against Muslims through this method in Syria and other countries of the region will again be the beautiful and unfaltering cooperation these two great Muslim countries will maintain in a spirit of unity, brotherhood and solidarity.

When the spirit of unity prevails over division, amity over enmity, friendship and brotherhood over dissension, if God is willing, the dark powers will perish in the same way salt dissolves in the water, ushering in a brand new era for the world of Islam.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Trump, Turning the Page in the U.S.-Turkey Relationship

21 01 2017

by Harun Yahya

November 8th was the day the Americans elected their 45th President. The entire world watched the election as the one-year-long tough campaign process finally came to an end.  There was worldwide interest since the result would have ramifications just about in every part of the world. Of course, Turkey was also closely monitoring the developments since lately the relationship with its long term ally the US, had been tense.

When Americans elected Obama as their new president back in 2008, they were hopeful that he would bring change to America because his campaign was predicated on the change.  Yet, with very few exceptions, nothing really changed.   He became another figure within the US establishment since  WWII and with more less the same   policies as previous administrations. Furthermore, Turkey was hopeful to improve their relations when Obama came to office and they considered inviting  him to Turkey on his first official visit and took that as an important sign. Even though Turkey-US relations improved during the first years of his presidency, tensions exacerbated especially when the administration initiated hawkish policies in the region and supplied military support to the PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK.

Now, having Trump as their new President, the American people are more hopeful. They elected him despite the mainstream media’s powerful support and promotion of his opponent. This shows how powerful the will of the American people was and how they are in need of restoring their values. Trump came to power by putting forth that he would put America first and focus more on his people rather than directly interfering in the clashes in other parts of the world. If Clinton were elected, they knew she would have similar policies with the current administration and would not satisfy their desires for change. Though it is far too early to predict what the US and the rest of the world will witness with Trump’s presidency, it is frank to say that he is a different person, divorced from the  establishment of the US. Consequently, it may be a beginning of a new era globally.

Given his acceptance speech embracing a positive stance in foreign relations and a unified America, his post-election statements and the comments of his advisors give some hints of what his administration will hold during his term. Therefore, I would like to analyze his election both with respect to  of Turkey and the Middle East.

The similarities between the US post election protests and the Gezi Park protests

The 2013 Gezi park protests that took place in Istanbul started as peaceful, environmental-friendly protests but then turned out to be riots, which spread in many cities of Turkey. These were against democratic rights of Turkey and eventually intended to topple the democratically elected President. Similarly in the US, in at least 10 big states, anti-Trump protests started right after the elections. In a recent interview Trump told CBS that the protesters do not know him well and that there are some professionals among them who would like to stir up disorder. He was right because it turned out to be George Soros’ moveon.org  was involved in the protests and they organized 200 civil disturbance so far throughout the country. He said the protesters should not be afraid and that he would bring back American values back. Trump also added that if Clinton won and his supporters started protests, everyone would begin to condemn it and he called this approach a double standard.

When people go out in the streets, they would not know where to go first and they need someone to organize them and give instructions of what to do. This was how it happened at Gezi Park and the same is taking place in the States now. Additionally, similar disinformation techniques applied in the traditional media and social media in Turkey are used concerning the American street protests. For example, they are using photos of Venezuelan riots and depicting them as taken in Los Angeles. It is important for the protesters to act with reason and not be incited by provocateurs and put the welfare of the country above all else. I hope things will settle soon in the States without giving any harm to the society.

US-Russia relations and its effects on Turkey

The degraded US-Russia relations will very likely improve when Trump comes to office, as he is in favor of mending the broken bonds. The thoughts are mutual because we see pleasing remarks in the Russian media and also the Russian parliament burst into applause upon Trump’s election. It is also expected for Trump to make his first official visit to Moscow. America’s having a common ground with Russia is very likely to be considered as an opportunity to put an end to the crisis in Syria and Iraq. Turkey and Russia have normalized their relations lately and started to sign very big energy and trade deals. They are now paving the way for being the strategic partners again at the soonest time.  An end to the crisis in the region would also create an end to many of the side-effects such as support for PYD, which in turn puts pressure on Turkey. The US will likely not have to give support to the PYD as it is doing now, which will be a turning point in US-Turkey ties. What Turkey is alarmed about vis a vis the PKK is their ambition to build a North Korean-style government in the region for the past 40 years. They are now trying to achieve that goal by taking advantage of the civil war in Syria, operating under the name of the “PYD,” which hasn’t been designated a terrorist organization by the US. A communist Kurdish state, under the ostensible authority of the PKK and formed with the support of the US, will ultimately find a gateway to the entire Middle East, the Caucasus, Europe, and especially in Turkey, and will be a nightmare to the entire world.

The duty of Turkey in this new term

Today, the world is in need of a friendly America more than ever. The ties with America based solely on self-interests should be buried. The resources of the world are enough to keep both the East and the West prosperous. It is no doubt that Turkey is a very crucial ally for the States since it has a very strategic geopolitical position in the Middle East. With this new US administration coming to power, Turkey also has a lot to do to convince them to adopt the most appropriate policy to bring peace to the region. Accordingly, there should be heavy traffic for mutual visits both officially and at non-governmental levels to understand each other and to form a stronger bond. On the other hand, Trump has proven that he is hard-working in his business life and is now trying to revive the American dream to bring back the lost values of the loving American people. Turkey and Russia should support him and they will soon witness the positive outcome out of this alliance.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Turkey Will Not Be Defeated by Terror

17 01 2017

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by Harun Yahya

On December 31, 2016, the main agenda of Turkey was the excitement of welcoming the New Year. Millions took to social media to express their feelings and wish for a new year that will be more peaceful than 2016.

However, the New Year started with terror. Within the first minutes of the New Year’s second hour, news had already begun to spread that there had been an armed attack in a popular nightclub of Istanbul. It shortly became clear that right in the middle of Istanbul, an armed assailant carrying a machine gun had entered into the club and slaughtered 39 people and injured another 65 in a shooting spree that lasted only seven minutes.

Turks are no strangers to terror and the recent surge in terror attacks did not come as a surprise to them. The conflict in Syria had been feeding the terror groups and its repercussions across the border in Turkey were not entirely unexpected. It is quite well known that an atmosphere of war and conflict offers a suitable breeding ground for terror groups to help them recruit and find arms with relevant ease. The more conflicts and civil wars there are in the world, the more terror attacks and groups there will be. Violence always begets violence.

Curbing the tension in the conflict zones will be an effective way of preventing the deep states and mafia from supporting the terror groups. This should be done, before anything else, for the peoples of the affected countries. The recent ceasefire in Syria and the expected peace talks will hopefully achieve this result.

One practical and effective way of ending terrorism is not to give what the terrorists want. Every terrorist act is performed with the purpose of spreading fear and despair, by destroying the happiness, joy, solidarity and unity of the people they target. Terrorists and their supporters believe that societies consist of weak and timid people. They know that by perpetrating and staging shocking incidents, they can essentially paralyze and gain leverage over the targeted people.

Any display of despair, weakness or sorrow will be giving the terrorists exactly what they want. However, societies that refuse to submit no matter how ugly, terrifying or alarming the terror attacks might be, are strong nations that can overcome violence using their will and strength. Such nations clearly show that they will not be bullied into submission or allow plots to be hatched against their countries.

There is no doubt, Turkey is going through difficult days, but Turkey will definitely not give the terrorists what they want. It is now clear to everyone that terrorists will not achieve the atmosphere of despair they desire in Turkey. They wish to create mutinous and wild societies, but contrary to their expectations, the increasing terror attacks united the Turkish people. Social media is no longer the hub of fear and grief, but rather the center of messages of solidarity.

Terror incidents can’t manage to be anything other than cowardly attempts if the societies refuse to yield to their plots. It must be remembered that the solidarity of people is always the most powerful weapon against terrorism. Protecting the joy and happiness, carrying on with daily life as usual will devastate the plans of the terrorists. Therefore, it is imperative for the societies targeted by terrorism to shun any fear, separation and grief. On the contrary, they should make it clear that they are only getting stronger. This is a very successful way of countering terrorism collectively.

The recent coordinated terror attacks in Turkey by terror groups with opposing ideologies is only part of a specially devised plan to intimidate the Turkish people. The deep states and supporters of these terror groups, seek to use these attacks to force Turkey to accept their political plans. However, the decisive attitude and solidarity of the Turkish people made their plans backfire. Terror can never be successful when confronted by faith, national consciousness and commitment of the people.

It would be a grave mistake to view terrorists and terror groups as independent structures capable of making decisions. They cannot operate unless they are provided with logistic and ideological support. It should also be remembered that it is their ideologies that keep the terrorists together. Deep powers bring terror groups around certain ideas. Therefore, targeting their ideas will bring a conclusive end to their schemes, no matter how invincible their hidden supporters might seem.

It must be well remembered that all the ideologies that give rise to violence are ill-founded ideas and can easily be disproved through science. For this reason, there are two aspects of countering terrorism. One is done on a social level, and the other on an ideological level. As the social counter-action weakens terrorism, ideological action will completely destroy its foundations.

After terrorism is defeated this way, the puppet-masters should be exposed. Leaders and societies should not be sidetracked by phony perpetrators and criminals used in the process, but should go on to reveal the true actors and decision makers hiding behind the scenes. Exposing covert powers will destroy the biggest foundation of terror. However, one thing should be kept in mind: as we continue this struggle, our real duty is always maintaining and strengthening our union of love. God created this universe for love. As the alliance of the good triumphs, the plans of those that desire hatred and violence will be foiled.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Winning Over the Millennials

14 01 2017

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by Harun Yahya

Although they are not currently at the forefront, today’s young generation is expected to shoulder responsibilities in all areas in the near future. They make up a substantial part of world society. In fact, in terms of numbers, they rank first in the populations of some countries. With almost 80 million members, the largest living generation in the history of the United States, is, to use their popular name, “the millennials”.

Neil Howe and William Strauss, the authors of Millennials Rising: The Next Generation — published in 2000 and regarded among the most important sources on this subject — are also regarded as the namers of this generation. Howe and Strauss define this social group as those born between 1982 and 2004.

One of the most significant common characteristics of the millennials is that, from the moment they were born, they grew up with the Internet, computers, smartphones and all sorts of advanced technology.

This modern technological environment plays a crucial defining role in their social and psychological development, as well as their personality structures.

According to various sources, some of the striking common characteristics of the majority of the millennials are:

THEY are obsessed with communicating with people; so much so that 83 per cent of the millennials sleep with their phones. They check their smartphones at least once an hour. They send and receive an average of 88 messages per day. Yet, they don’t like actual talking as much.

FIFTY-FIVE per cent of them have posted at least one selfie or more on the social media. They virtually live on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. They have the highest number of Facebook friends compared with other generations. A famous figure following them on Twitter, or their posts getting likes on Facebook, is a great deal for them.

THEY easily and quickly adapt to computer programmes, operation systems, new technological gadgets and systems. Compared with other generations, they are more adept in computer-based environments.

TO be up-to-date in every respect and to seize the moment are their biggest goals. Having the latest version of everything, being the first to hear about everything, being the first to spread news, starting a new trend and being the first to come up with sensational things others will imitate are their greatest passion.

As is seen, in terms of technical aptitude, intelligence and the ability to adapt quickly to new technologies, the millennials are well ahead of other generations. However, it is hard to say the same about their personalities, behavioural traits and moral values.

In fact, some experts label the millennial youth as the worst generation ever in regard to their personality traits. Indeed, the majority of this generation consists of overly conceited, selfish, self-justified, bad-tempered, aggressive, irresponsible individuals who are unconcerned with the thoughts of others, who always feel entitled to many rights, but do little to earn them, and despite all this, think themselves to be very important.

Time magazine defines the millennials, featured on the cover of its May 2013 issue, as “The Me, Me, Me Generation”. The same article in the magazine written by Joel Stein notes that the sense of narcissism among American high school students showed a 58 per cent increase in 2009 compared with the 1980s.

The majority of millennial youth are quite weak and inexperienced in their social interactions. Most of them do not even consider physically meeting the people they communicate with for hours on the Internet and virtual platforms and developing normal social relations with them.

For a millennial, privacy usually boils down to a setting on social media options as to who can see the posts they share online.

According to a poll by Clark University in 2012, this generation’s development is stunted and slow. Compared with other generations, they are much more sensitive and fragile, and more vulnerable in the face of pressure and criticism: For this reason, they are also called “the snowflake generation”.

They can react with extreme emotions to even the slightest provocative behaviour, statement or image, have a crying fit and sometimes go into hysterics. They are highly prone to depression and even suicide.

In order to prevent them from being offended, some schools and academic institutions have introduced concepts such as “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings”.

Pew Forum’s 2014 study, “The Religious Landscape” revealed that, compared with other generations, the millennials are less religious.

Of course, what we have talked about insofar covers only a certain, albeit large, section of the millennials. Of course, it is also true that in this generation, there are countless sensible, conscious, solid, level-headed, coherent, mature, principled, well-behaved, pious and conscientious people who do not possess the negative characteristics listed above.

However, what is important is to be able to bring the entire millennial generation to the level of superior personality and quality.

Only utilising the technical abilities of millennials in various sectors and leaving them in their current state in terms of morality, personality and conscience would be a huge betrayal to them, to ourselves and to the entire world. That is because neglecting this generation, which will soon take over many leading positions, will become everyone’s problem tomorrow.

This issue should not be seen merely as a subject of sociological or psychological study, but one that should be more widely addressed as a vital and urgent matter that concerns the future of the entire world.

In order to ensure this generation’s development in terms of faith and morality with utmost urgency, different educational policies should be formulated that will appeal to them, arouse their attention and inspire them.

In this sense, to win over the millennials, a vital task falls on the governments, educational institutions, think tanks, media outlets, religious leaders, opinion leaders and all responsible people.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


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