Originally Posted by Scaldy Ned
The credibility of representing Islam . You don't agree ? Let me explain ...when the IRA bombed England in the 70's .the Irish people went out and marched in their thousands with banners stating " not in my name" this took their " credibility" away because it could be put up to them that the majority of Irish people cAme out against them . My point is if Muslims did the same it would take the fuel out of the IS argument that they represent Islam ??? Am I wrong ?
Depends on what you mean by "take the fuel out of". The number of Muslims who are victims of IS vastly exceeds the number who are supporters of IS so, among Muslims, there isn't much fuel in the argument to begin with. Among supporters of IS, of course, it's axiomatic that IS is
representative of Islam, and this conviction won't be altered no matter how many people march. To the IS mindset, the fact that they would march like this would merely be evidence of their betrayal of Islam, so they aren't real
It might possibly make some difference to British perceptions of Muslims. (Though, I should note, similar marches in Ireland in the 1970s didn't do much to change perceptions of Irish people in the UK.)
You're right to point out that the IRA were never defeated by an outside military force but, of course, they were neither defeated nor deterred by popular marches denouncing them either. Their campaign continued for more than 20 years after the peace marches.
What led to the cessation of the IRA's campaign was political change to address the factors that gave rise to it. And, the truth is, that's pretty well the only thing that ever stops a terrorist campaign; I don't think any country have ever succeeded in doing so by military force or by internal repression. And demonstrating that terrorists don't enjoy popular support doesn't help much; in the nature of terrorist campaigns, they don't need
Marching as you suggest might help to change the perception that (some) British people have of Muslims. But I don't know that it will do much more than the current well-established, active and widespread "Not In Our Name
And it won't affect IS very much, or at all.