Friday, 15 July 2016

Why Western governments cannot tackle the causes of Muslim terrorism

Every time an Islamophobe calls for the expulsion of Muslims from the West, I think "If all Westerners who think Muslim terrorism is nothing to do with Western foreign policy were expelled from the West, we would have a more intelligent West."

How is the West to deal with the problem of Muslim terrorism?

Firstly, by acknowledging that all terrorism without exception is the consequence of bad government policy.

Secondly, by acknowledging that Muslim terrorists have a grievance against Western foreign policy, they may wish to re-examine Western foreign policy.

Why won't they?

Pride and stubbornness. It is not a good feeling to admit to grave errors that have caused great damage and loss, especially loss of life, but it would be in our interests to do so.

What are the mistakes?
I would say they are having a political system that does not promote the national interest. This means that no politician ever thinks in terms of promoting the national interest. If you asked any politician at all what the national interest is ..., but wait, has any journalist even asked this question?

Not only is our political system not fit for purpose, our political classes are not.

Not only are they both not fit for purpose, the media that is supposed to analyse and question government policy is not fit for purpose either.

If it were, I would have a column in The Mail.

To bait fish withal. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies—and what’s his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me I will execute—and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

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