Evil stupidity of Islamism

A puerile and barbaric canon served by malevolent cunning

One of the most sinister effects of the efforts of Islamist terrorists is that

they have undermined trust. Those under investigation turn out not to be cranks or marginals but people who are well-integrated into society, superficially at least, or who have good prospects. They are not the ignorant and uneducated.

The perpetrators are not of one ethnic or national group only. And they do not kill

because of personal grievance but because they have allowed themselves to be gripped by a stupid ideology.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 09.05.01This means

no one can ever be quite sure whether a Muslim who appears polite and accommodating is not contemplating mass murder. Deceit is one of the terrorists’ deadliest weapons.

Why it is folly to ignore sociological reality

British society

could get by perfectly well without the contribution even of moderate Muslims. The only thing we really want from Muslims is their oil money for bank deposits, to prop up London property prices and to sustain the luxury market; their cheap labor that we imported in the 1960s in a vain effort to bolster the dying textile industry, which could not find local labour, is now redundant.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 09.11.42In other words,

one of the achievements of the bombers and would-be bombers is to make discrimination against most Muslims who wish to enter Britain a perfectly rational policy.

The problem

causes philosophical discomfort to everyone who believes in a tolerant society. On the one hand we believe every individual should be judged on his merits; on the other, we know it would be absurd and dangerous to pretend that the threat of terrorism comes from sections of the population equally.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 09.03.06History is full of examples

of what happens when governments and peoples ascribe undesirable traits to minorities, and no decent person would wish to participate in the crimes to which this ascription can give rise; yet it would be folly to ignore sociological reality.

(2007)

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: