It doesn’t matter who sold what arms to what countries or intervened where. RELIGION, that is the one thing that is to blame for atrocities like Manchester. As long as there are people going around thinking that the universe was created by a sentient being that has nothing better to do with its time than worry about what individual humans do with their genitalia, what food they eat or do at certain times of the year (a concept which has not relevance ANYWHERE else in the universe except on this speck of dust called the Earth!), there will be those who feel they have a right to kill those who don’t conform to the standards of their particular deity. Especially as these deities (can’t say I’ve ever read the Koran, but being brought up in a Christian household I am very familiar with the Bible) act like fairytale cosmic Hitlers, striking down anyone who offends them in the slightest way, and encouraging their followers to wipe out any individual/tribe/nation that refuses to conform to their wishes.
Which brings me onto another thing, this distinction that we’re always asked to make between ‘moderate’ and ‘extremist’ religionists. Seems to me like making a distinction between the tail and head of the scorpion that stings you – when you consider the nature of the fairy-tale figures they grovel to, ANY theist is a potential ‘extremist’.
As for the notion that the extremists are ‘perverting’ their religion, again when you consider how their deities behave in their own fairytales (scriptures), it’s actually the ‘moderate’ theists who are ‘perverting’ their religions by damping down their inherent intolerance, sexism and homophobia to fit in with modern values. The bottom line is, until the day comes when theistic religion is consigned to same dustbin of history as the flat earth theory, atrocities like Manchester will keep happening.
There is a war being fought that has been fought for thousands of years, between reason and unreason, science and superstation, knowledge and ignorance, enlightenment and religion, light and darkness. Not for nothing did the early Christians adopt Lucifer, the Roman god of wisdom and enlightenment (Light of the Morning) as their symbol of ultimate evil. Those yellow-bellied liberals who talk the language of appeasement towards Islam need to take a good long look at themselves and consider which side they are on.