Letter: Born to fight
It was with great sorrow that I listened to news reports of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) militants invading city after city in Iraq.
The ISIS intent is to create a Sunni state across two countries. Ten years ago, I noted that these Muslims have been fighting each other for several thousand years. And they keep fighting each other. These tribes have never been able to coexist peacefully.
Religion has never stopped their willingness to kill each other, even though they all claim to be Muslim. You may think it absurd or ridiculous, but to me, the willingness to ruthlessly kill and slaughter each other may be genetic.
Recently published findings in Nature Neuroscience presented the revelation that when we experience a traumatic event, our DNA changes and phobias and anxiety are passed on to descendants. This is referred to as “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.”
I contend that having such DNA-modifying experiences over the past thousands of years has resulted in tribes that will never be able to live without hating and fighting; they need an enemy. This latest ISIS campaign should not result in the United States being drawn back into combat in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan.
I believe that these Islamists must fight each other because it is encoded into their genetic makeup, and there is no way of putting an end to their need for war.