Sunday 26 February 2017

Blaming media for glorifying Isil is nonsense - but it's easier than facing real reason for jihadist threat

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

A woman lights a candle as a Tricolour hangs at a memorial outside the Bataclan in Paris. Photo: Mark Condren
A woman lights a candle as a Tricolour hangs at a memorial outside the Bataclan in Paris. Photo: Mark Condren

The year 2016 has already been a bad one for terrorism on Western soil, and in the last 18 months, America and Europe have suffered attacks on a magazine office, a venue hosting a cartoon competition, an international football match, a gay club, a gig in the Bataclan theatre, a family-friendly Bastille Day celebration and then, of course, the recorded slaughter of an elderly priest in front of his own aged flock.

With each successive attack - all of which were specifically designed to strike at the heart of our infidel decadence and freedom - the idea that this is purely a response to Western imperialism becomes increasingly nonsensical.

We have spent the last few years under a delusion which pretends that the current wave of terrorism has nothing to do with a clash of cultures or religions. In fact, those who would seek to justify such atrocities on the basis of regional resentments or post-colonial payback have been so quick to look for any acceptable solution that they have ignored the obvious one - religious jihad and an apocalyptic vision which explicitly boasts that these attacks are the start of a Muslim conquest of Europe. After all, when Isil members are so explicit about their goals, why do we insist on pretending they don't really mean what they say?

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