So who exactly is the enemy in our fight against terrorism? According to Dr. Ghosn, they are violent people who hide behind the mask of Islam. For example:
Ibrahim Abdelsalam, one of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks, who not only consumed alcohol but also owned a bar that was shut down over drug claims — activities that are shunned by observant Muslims. Recall Hasna Ait Boulahcen, the cousin of the mastermind of the Paris attacks who was killed in a police raid on an ISIS safe house. According to family members, she never studied Islam, never opened the Quran.
And if we are to name Islam as the enemy, would it still be reasonable to consider all 1,619,314,000 Muslims -- a quarter of the world's population, or a third of all non-Chinese people -- as potential terrorists? How can a war be waged against multiple nations and regions with Muslims who have varying characters and personalities as much as any group with over a billion people? Would Sun Tzu advocate such a campaign?
According to a 2009 Gallup poll, the 3.3 million American Muslims come from various backgrounds and are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the United States. In Europe there are 44 million Muslims. Politicians who lump Muslims into a monolith would be inaccurate, and thus make ineffective policies.
The source of terrorism, it would seem, resides in a narrower spectrum of human traits, the players more specific. The global terrorism threat and risk would be significantly reduced if the focus is on extremist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda that have indiscriminately and mercilessly killed countless Muslims, Christians, Jews, atheists, etc.
You can learn more here: Know your enemy (Hint: it's not Muslims) by Faten Ghosn
“When two sides who consider each other enemies converge in armed struggle, for the moment they are no longer enemies. They are fellow human beings who face the same two choices that their ancestors did for centuries before them: to destroy each other or to prosper together.” The Art of War—Spirituality for Conflict: Annotated & Explained