I was doing some research about one of my interests (film / film criticism) and came across the above quote. I think it was Sean Connery in the film “The Untouchables” who uttered the memorable phrase when the police decided to go after Al Capone. The simple principle being espoused was “whatever they throw at you, you hit them back doubly hard.”
In the light of recent murders of innocent western journalists and aid workers by Sunni members of ISIL (not to ignore the plight of the Yazidis and Shia muslims who ISIL seem hell-bent on eradicating from the Earth for the simple reason they follow the “wrong prophet”) it struck me that this seems to be the philosophy the West needs to consider adopting in dealing with ISIL in the middle east…………or as an old friend of mine used to say “do unto others as you would have them do unto you, only DO IT FIRST”
It seems to me the normal way of bringing about peace in modern disputes is by “diplomatic means” e.g. N. Ireland. but how do you negotiate with an opponent who believes you have no right to free thought, that you can only worship one approved “god”. that democratic processes have no place in Islam, that women should be subjugated and virtually every “western pleasure” e.g. music, dancing, mixed socialising is “haram” and could be punished by death………….and dont even mention homosexuality!
The west is dealing with jihadists who belive they are fighting a “holy war” and that they will continue to do so until a world-wide “caliphate” is established.
Food for thought perhaps in the minds of Western Governments?