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Thrust of argument: David Swanson writes 'Even if failure to expose Islam and other religions as ancient myths lacking basis in reality were a significant cause of people joining ISIS, it would not approach the primary cause without which ISIS would not exist, namely U.S. violence in the Middle East. Explaining to would-be ISIS martyrs that there aren't really 72 virgins and isn't really a heaven couldn't possibly do as much to reduce ISIS recruitment as explaining to active and would-be members of the U.S. military that arming and bombing and drone-striking distant lands doesn't actually protect the United States but rather generates so much hostility against it that groups like ISIS produce full-length films imploring the U.S. military to attack it.' Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Swanson points out 'Bill Maher pushes racism and bigotry, even concentration camps. The idea that such attitudes are the best response to Islamic hostility and violence is outrageously naive.'


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Removal of resistance: 'The idea that a new war on ISIS is going to repair the damage of the previous wars, which created ISIS, is sadly delusional,' Swanson adds. Unification: I'm with Swanson. We need less stupidity - much less. That's a big key to solving our problems.
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