By: Alex Y8B
Belief Systems are huge ‘thing’ in most people’s lives. Whether an atheist or a Buddhist, you might have the same belief. Belief isn’t religion, religion is a different part of life. Your belief is your thought but your religion is your belief, they could be connected but, they aren’t the same. Throughout history there have been many fights that affect people physically, mentally or socially but these conflicts started from religions. I know that there are two different sides in my topic, peaceful protests or violent conflicts. Violence is never the answer but there are people who take the choice to a whole other level. Syria for example, Syrian rebels are fighting Assad because they don’t like the way he is controlling the country. Assad is willing to kill children to weaken the rebels, but know, major powers like the USA and Russia are coming and fighting against two different sides but in one corrupt country. The Syrian citizens have two choices but both still leads to death. Here is what I am trying to tell you, I want to learn a new way that doesn’t lead to death and leads you to having new lifestyle away from the conflict. I call it ‘the third way’
Let’s start by me giving you more examples of people fighting for their religion in two different ways; Palestine and Israel have been fighting since 1948. Israel won’t give Palestine their freedom because Palestine wants to be their own Islamic country. Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent protest against the British. Something you might not know is that he didn’t eat any food and said he would starve to death unless the Hindus, Buddhists and the Muslims would separate and each religion would become their own country. He fought for the right of separation in religions; no one wanted Gandhi to die so they accepted it and become the countries we all know as Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. A surprising fact is that 7% of war was a religious war, 4% are Islamic wars. Another great example is the Thirty Years War in Europe between 1618-1648. This conflict was between the Catholic Church and the Protestants there in Europe. War was coming in France, Italy and Germany but over 10 million people died. In the examples there was one thing in common; Dominance between one country over the other and that brings us to problems and solutions.
Problems and Solutions
The first problem is who started the conflict and how it started; people argue a lot and it could be on small incidents that involve religious rules. “It’s not just religious ideology that causes problems – state-imposed atheism was a defining feature of brutal 20th century regimes led by Stalin, Tito, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot” (Guardian writer:Rachel Woodlock).Basically, if you’re Christian in the soviet union, they would kill you because you’re not an atheist, it was the law. Another problem is that terrorist groups like ISIS trick people in believing that they’re the good guys but they aren’t. People are risking their lives by becoming a “human bomb”. In the US, 2 citizens were punished for murder and bombing. One sadly died but the other had a life sentence. A great solution would be help from the military and aids but the world is a complicated place and not everybody is willing to pay the amount of money they are supposed to be paying. I think countries who involve in this situation shouldn’t put military force but instead international word. Basically if Russia brings in 10″,000 troops, they’ll probably die but if a news cast all over the world talked about the crisis, more people would have knowledge on how bad this is which will force them to pay. If every person gave a dollar in 2014, 5.1 billion dollars will be given.
First of all, I think that religious wars can be unfair because the person in control always tries to eliminate the opposite religion. Like Saudi Arabia and Israel. I think politically, there should be rules for all rights of religion in all 195 countries. My second opinion is that a war starts with a problem. There should be a law book on what countries can legally do to other countries. If they break a rule, they will get finned. If they constantly break the rules they might get a suspension from a group like the UN depending on the judge or jury’s decision. To be honest, after more information I haven’t just found a third way but many ways. You see the problem in solving this specific situation is which one you choose. There all good ideas but they have their own problems like corruption. Imagine Syria was getting fined by a US jury, he would charge an extreme punishment but if Russia was charging, they would go easy on Syria since their allies. Money is also another problem since this isn’t just people, its countries and they could bribe the jury millions of dollars, which is unjustified and wrong.
Summary and Conclusion
I can conclude that there are times where people should fight for their religion like the Syrian war and there are also times where they shouldn’t be fighting for their religion (in the wrong way) like how there are terrorist groups (Isis and Al Qaeda) who want to overthrow the government. (Overthrowing the government isn’t a good thing, but Assad isn’t good either).By doing this they can also effect the citizens because the Syrian governments is attacking villages where the groups are hiding. This is just an example because different countries vary; there could be a different problem in a different region (Russian problem). But now because people are starting to go to other countries as immigrants, the number of religious wars has dropped dramatically but not all religious wars, just non-Islamic wars. Wars overall should stop permanently but this is a great starting point to end not just religious wars but also Wars themselves.