Melanie Phillips (how I love her writing) absolutely nails the sickness currently throttling the West, and the Anglosphere in particular:
The problem lies in a refusal to acknowledge that Islamist extremism is rooted in religion. Instead, ministers and security officials prefer to think of it as a protest movement against grievances such as Iraq or Palestine, or “Islamophobia”. They simply ignore the statements and signs that show unequivocally that the aim is to Islamicise the West.And so it is with Abu, with the MSM already declaring that his martyrdom will attract even more recruits (so we were naughty to have gone and done it, weren't we). Sure it will. But who cares. Our choice, our one and only alternative, is simple: we do absolutely nothing, and so lose.
In large measure, this is the outcome of a profound loss of cultural nerve. The doctrines of multiculturalism and minority rights, themselves the outcome of a systematic onslaught by the British elite against the country’s own identity and values, have paralysed the establishment, which accordingly shies away from criticising any minority for fear of being labelled as bigoted.
As a result, it ignored the radicalisation of many British Muslims by extremist Islamic institutions. Worse still, “grievance culture” has meant that instead of fighting the paranoia and lies driving the Islamists’ hatred of the West, British society is afflicted by the very same pathology.
Minority rights doctrine has produced a moral inversion, in which those doing wrong are excused if they belong to a “victim” group, while those at the receiving end of their behaviour are blamed simply because they belong to the “oppressive” majority.
Britain effectively allowed itself to be taken hostage by militant gays, feminists or “anti-racists” who used weapons such as public vilification, moral blackmail and threats to people’s livelihoods to force the majority to give in to their demands. So when radical Islamists refused to accept minority status and insisted instead that their values must trump those of the majority, Britain had no answer.
This was disastrous because Islamist violence is fuelled by precisely this false sense of victimisation. The mendacious message preached by Islamist leaders, that Britain and America are engaged in a war on Islam rather than a defence of their societies, is a potent incitement to terror by whipping up a hysteria that Muslims are under attack.
So any attempt by the West to defend itself against terror becomes a recruiting sergeant for that terror. The more atrocities committed against the West, the more the West tries to defend itself; and the more it does so, the more hysteria among Muslims rises that they are under attack, and the more they are thus incited to hatred and to terrorism.
It’s no alternative.
Nothing, of course, illustrates this vile disease better than the ridiculous ‘no common denominator’ idiocy coming out of Canada’s media and law enforcement, regarding the very visible common denominator attaching to the recently arrested Islamofascist nutjobs, all of it symptomatic of a deep-seated Leftist pathology illustrated beautifully by this terrific FrontPage article:
The circle is completed by British fellow-travellers who promulgate the same morally inverted thinking, and thus help further to incite both Muslim extremism and Western defeatism. After the London bombings, this gave rise to the widely expressed view that the major problem was not Islamic terrorism but Islamophobia.
It is impossible to overstate the importance — not just to Britain but to the global struggle against Islamist extremism — of properly understanding and publicly challenging this moral, intellectual and philosophical inversion, which translates aggressor into victim and vice versa. For it has destabilised debate by allowing Muslims to argue that British and American foreign policy is unfair and aggressive towards the Muslim world.
The Star in particular seems to be intent on not diagonizing the cancer which is posing such a deadly threat to the Canadian patient. The initial New York Times story on the arrests identified the suspects as “Canadian residents” and as “mainly of South Asian descent.” It rather weirdly assures readers immediately thereafter that “none of them had any known affiliation with Al Qaeda” – an affiliation it had given no one any reason to suspect in the first place. The only mention of “Islam” in the story came in the name of one of those arrested, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee – and there was no mention at all of the jihad ideology that motivated those arrested.I’ll call it without hesitation. Bring on the quarantine. No further immigration from the Muslim world and the ME in particular. Stopper the place. Seal them in like flies in a jar.
The Times story also revealed that this denial was not solely the province of the media. It quoted Mike McDonell, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police assistant commissioner, trafficking in flagrant misrepresentations and irrelevancies: “They represent the broad strata of our society. Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed.” The broad strata of Saudi Arabian society, maybe, but not the broad strata of Canadian society. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair joined in the denial, noting proudly that during the press conference following the arrests, “I would remind you that there was not one single reference made by law enforcement to Muslim or Muslim community.”
Terrific images of Abu's one-way ticket to hell here. Rot for all eternity, you vile scumbag, with our compliments.