Why Is the Left Always Blaming the West for Radical Islamic Terrorism?

Written by Andrew Allen on July 20, 2016

As the commemorative hashtag emerges for the latest ISIS strike against the west – the target this time was Nice, France – what contortions will the left go through to give radicalized Islam a pass this time?

Since the attack happened on Bastille Day, who wants to bet yours truly a beer that a narrative will emerge blaming the attack on the French for their nativist celebration of their nationalistic independence day?

Brexit too may be brought up as a “warning” of what happens when free people vote as they wish regardless of the way certain narratives tell them to vote.

Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Sure does, but has anything coming from left of center sounded sane lately? Nope.

For liberals that will bring up knee-jerk talking points that start at the end of WWI when European powers partitioned the defeated Ottoman Empire into what we today call Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan (originally called Trans-Jordan) and Turkey, thanks, you’ve just proven my point. Blaming all things western and white doesn’t address what caused Nice.

What caused Nice, in the modern construct, is in large measure attributable to Sayyid Qutb. He was an Egyptian (and Egypt by the way wasn’t partitioned into existence the way say, Syria was after WWI) who founded the Muslim Brotherhood and whose writings informed virtually every 20th and 21st Century Islamist movement including the 1979 revolution in Iran. Sayyid Qutb alone isn’t to blame. This sort of thing existed well before October 9, 1906, the date Qutb was born.

As tempting as it is to delve into history and bring up things like the Mahdi rebellion in what’s now Sudan, or the First and Second Barbary Wars dealt with by Presidents Jefferson and Madison, those discussions are precisely the sort of diversions liberals like. If we’re rehashing Thomas Jefferson and the First Barbary War then we aren’t talking about Nice, are we? If we’re not talking about Nice then we can wheel the argument towards absurdities like “was Jefferson a racist” – the left’s comfort zone in other words – and before you know it Nice has faded from memory.

But we’re talking Nice.

It’s clear, Nice didn’t happen because:

– Some poor brown person was worried about or otherwise victimized as a result of Brexit.

– Some poor brown person felt excluded on Bastille Day.

– Racist French cops once killed a poor brown person.

– Slavery.

– Some other variation of racism, sexism, nationalism, transphobia, or whatever other victimized ism is currently hip took over the mind of some poor brown person and forced him to kill lots of people. Because poor brown people don’t have minds of their own you see.

– White privilege.

It’s clear, Nice happened because:

– A radical interpretation of Islam has been allowed to fester for way too long.

– Within that radical interpretation of Islam, the west is called the “Dar al-Kharb” or “the house of war”, as the west doesn’t conform to their interpretation of Islam. (Neither does Turkey which
is why they attacked the Istanbul airport recently even though doing so meant Muslims were killed).

– Radical Islamists believe that the Dar al-Kharb must be brought under full Islamic control. In order to do this, they must erode western society. The easiest way for them to do this is to commit atrocities like Paris, San Bernardino, Boston, Chattanooga, Belgium, Orlando, and most recently Nice.

– Radical Islamists can commit these atrocities because they have a safe zone to operate from in the Islamic State.

What can we do about it? Well, even though the Obama administration feels empowered to tell the Islamic world what is and isn’t Islamic, we can’t force a religion to undergo a reformation process. No matter how well Obama’s pant leg is creased or how many thrills he’s sent up Chris Matthews leg, Barack Obama is in no position to usher in the Islamic Reformation. Such a reformation would need to come from within the ranks of the Imams and Ayatollahs and not the upper reaches of the DNC.

That leaves the safe haven from which radical Islamists draw ideological – and probably material – support. Is there anything the west could do to degrade this support base and deprive radical Islamists of its support? Of course there is. Judicious use of air strikes could put the fear of Allah in the hearts of ISIS leaders like al-Baghdadi and ideally put them on the run, forcing them to sleep in a different place each night for fear the next bomb might be cross-haired on their foreheads. If ISIS leadership were spending their time living like this instead of running the Islamic State from Raqqa, chances are things like Nice wouldn’t be so prevalent.

For reasons all to well known, we won’t get those kinds of air strikes. Instead, we’ll get:

– Spoken word Barack Obama telling us what is and isn’t Islamic, because he after all is the smartest man ever to plant two feet on Gaia.

– An awkwardly worded statement explaining that although the Nice perpetrator was a disenfranchised Muslim, there are “no direct” ties or links connecting him to ISIS.

– A commemorative hashtag to document the aftermath of Nice on social media.

Oh wait, if we’re really lucky we’ll get the bonus of:

– Secretary of Personality John Kerry jet-setting his way to France where he can speak broken French while hosting weird sing-a-longs with soft rock stars from the 1970s like James Taylor.

– The possibility Hillary Clinton might join whichever US leader – Kerry or otherwise – is dispatched to France to pay tribute to the fallen.

Once again, radicalized Islam will have been given a pass. We shouldn’t then be surprised when they hit the west again.

Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-American_mural_and_St._Sarkis_Cathedral,_Tehran.JPG; Orijentolog

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Andrew Allen
Andrew Allen (@aandrewallen) grew up in the American southeast and for more than two decades has worked as an information technoloigies professional in various locations around the globe. A former far-left activist, Allen became a conservative in the late 1990s following a lengthy period spent questioning his own worldview. When not working IT-related issues or traveling, Andrew Allen spends his time discovering new ways to bring the pain by exposing the idiocy of liberals and their ideology.