Letters - How do we respond to IS?

THE recent atrocities in France raise questions once again about how to deal with Islamic State and small radical cells that can appear anywhere.

The point has been made we should not blame the general Muslim population for these attacks.

Surely the heart of the problem is not with Muslims, but with Islam itself.

I am sure the classic Islam tenaciously held to by IS can, in their eyes, be completely justified from the teachings of the Qur'an and the Hadith.

The problem is this. The Qur'an is Islam's sacred book and it cannot be altered in any way for such would be considered blasphemy.

The IS response is simply that we (IS) are following to the letter what the prophet Muhammed has laid down.

It seems politicians and world leaders have not grasped this as they continue to spout the only solution is a political one.

IS sees Islam as one system, religious, political, social, economic. In other words all-encompassing.

Islam in their view cannot be part of a wider system of government; Islam is and must be all, and every person living within an Islamic state must be completely submissive to it (Qur'an 9:29).

Under these conditions negotiating is a non-starter. There are only two options, defeat it or submit to it.

Norman Shannon, Korora

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