Apologists among us

Interesting article:

It needs to be seen and said clear: there are, amongst us, apologists for what the killers do, and they make more difficult the long fight that is needed to defeat them. (To forestall any possible misunderstanding on this point: I do not say these people are not entitled to the views they express or to their expression of them. They are. Just as I am entitled to criticize their views for the wretched apologia they amount to.) The plea will be made, though - it always is - that these are not apologists, they are merely honest Joes and Joanies endeavouring to understand the world in which we all live. What could be wrong with that? What indeed? Nothing is wrong with genuine efforts at understanding; on these we all depend. But the genuine article is one thing, and root-causes advocacy that seeks to dissipate responsibility for atrocity, mass murder, crime against humanity, especially in the immediate aftermath of their occurrence, is something else.

read the rest:

normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2005/07/apologists_amon.html

I like this part:

“One thing seems to be the treatment of those who practise terror as though they were part of some natural environment we have to take as given - not themselves free and responsible agents, but like a vicious dog or a hive of bees. If we do anything that provokes them, that must make us morally responsible, for they can be expected to react as they do. If this isn’t a form of covert racism, then it’s a kind of diminishing culturalism and is equally insulting to the people transformed by it into amoral beings incapable of choice or judgement.”

Christopher Hitchens listed the following grievances of the Jihadists in his essay, ‘What The Jihadists Want.’

The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won’t abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor’s liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way

[quote=Lance]Christopher Hitchens listed the following grievances of the Jihadists in his essay, ‘What The Jihadists Want.’
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This sounds like the hit list of a spoiled brat. Summary: OBL: spoiled brat, subsequent guilt complex, compensates by adopting an arduous lifestyle, projects blame by scape goating anyone with moral authority.

Terrorism is not a social solution. It has nothing to do with feeding the poor, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the homeless and so on. It has everything to do with covering up some really predatory behaviour among the privileged brats in dictator-run countries.

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