Saturday, July 16, 2016

Some Thoughts on Islamist Terrorism and Truck Drivers in Nice, Once Again

Once again, terrorism on a mass scale has struck France. This time, a crazed Tunisian turned French national drove a truck through a crowd in Nice as the people celebrated Bastille Day.

Once again, the news media are slobbering all over themselves to prove that the driver, named Mohamed, wasn't really a Muslim (he drank alcohol and never attended the mosque!), that he was a loner (he became depressed when his wife left him!), or that the truck was responsible (CNN headline "Truck Terror").

Once again, French President Hollande has vowed to show "real force," whatever that means.

Once again, US President Obama lectured the world on religious tolerance.

And once again the world is diminished because Islamist terrorism has been allowed to grow and prosper all over the world.

The progressive elites who control the narrative fail to identify and to understand the nature of terrorism. Even after years of Islamic terrorist acts, reaching back into the 1970s, most members of the press, as well as most governments, treat terrorism as a unified group of people with central leadership.

This is not the case. Terrorism is a religious and political ideology.

Terrorism is a means to spread the ideals of Islamism - the call to create an Islamic state. Terrorism is an appeal to the basest emotions, directed at young Muslim men. Terrorism presents the promise of Allah's salvation to those who are "strong" enough to commit mass murder. Terrorism is an idea that spreads through the minds of Muslims, corrupting them, shaping them, and convincing them that evil is good and good is evil. Terrorism is strengthened whenever it is allowed to grow unchecked and unnamed.

While certain groups (such as ISIS) gained notoriety by spreading terrorism, they spread an ideal, rather than taking territory. These groups are not unified. They are not centralized. They are not beholden to a top-down government. They have no hierarchical structure. If one Muslim terrorist rises to notoriety by spreading lies and deceit, then is killed, the Hydra of terrorism will grow three new heads in his place.

This is where governments and media get it wrong. They insist on misrepresenting terrorism as a solidified movement. (They also insist that it has nothing to do with Islam.) Yet, by its very nature, terrorism attracts the disgruntled, the loners, the insane, the bullies, the sadists. It glorifies the evil that would kill innocents. The evil comes in many forms, but it always connects with the roots of Islam.

That is why terrorism strikes in the Mideast. It strikes in Asia. It strikes in Russia. It strikes in France and Belgium and the United States.

The solution to get rid of the infestation of terrorism is not to bomb random buildings in Syria. The solution is not to send drones against suspected terrorists in Pakistan. The solution is not to ban guns or even trucks. The solution is not to just live with terrorism.

The solution to defeating terrorism is to defeat the ideology that promotes it.

Admittedly, destroying bad ideas is difficult, made more so when most people in the world are kept in ignorance through the deceit and lies of those who hold power. The world suffers under the burden of those who preach ignorance.

To paraphrase: "Beware ignorance for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased."

Evil ideals can only be fought by utterly destroying them. Sometimes that means going to war. More often, it means that good people must unite to stand up for the truth, to stand up for the right, to stand up for the good. It takes courage to stand up for what is right.

And perhaps that is the real danger of ignorance; it destroys courage and the will to stand against evil.