Arieh, Daniel and Jogo all sent me this link - to an incredibly important article by ex-Jihadist Hassan Butt. Here's the opening:
When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.Read the rest!
By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the 'Blair's bombs' line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.
This amplifies the point that terrorist attacks are not in any sense caused by the West's "provocative" Iraq policy, as all the Chatham House type liberal idiots tell us - even though this was obvious to anyone who thought for half a second about 9/11, er, coming before the Iraq war.
It also amplifies my point that we need to take religion seriously. Without taking religion seriously, we are left either seeing it has inhumanly irrational and insane, and therefore impossible to combat without simply exterminating all its potential recruits, or vainly trying to assimilate it to some previously existing model, such as fascism (as Hitchens tries to do with the flawed concept of "Islamo-fascism") , or seeing terrorism as the rational response to "the West" and its evils. All these choices are morally and intellectually wrong, wrong, wrong. In contrast, we need to actually listen to what the terrorists say. For Osama bin-Laden, the loss of Andalusia to the Christians is as important as what America does in Iraq.
Added link: FMoaK: Ideolgy & terror
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