Wednesday 7 December 2016

Weak-willed West needs to aggressively assert its values to defeat Isil fanatics

Published 18/11/2015 | 02:30

Isil fighters in Raqqa, Syria, last year. ‘Isil hates the West simply because we don’t share their religion’
Isil fighters in Raqqa, Syria, last year. ‘Isil hates the West simply because we don’t share their religion’

The bullets were still flying. People were still being killed. Yet even as the atrocity in Paris was unfolding in front of a horrified live TV audience, the appeasers, the justifiers and the outright sympathisers were quick to rush to the ramparts to engage in their own uniquely warped form of victim blaming .

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This wasn't a savage assault on the Western way of life perpetrated by Medieval savages. It was a response to the nasty West and our interfering ways. As Mick Wallace infamously put it: "So terrible for the victims but when is France going to stop it's (sic) role in the militarisation of the planet?"

A tweet more suited to a 15-year-old kid who has just read Noam Chomsky and now insists on viewing everything through the prism of reflexive anti-Western sentiment that permeates the intellectual and political elites of the West; it showcased a perverse cultural self-loathing which rarely places the responsibility for Islamist crimes on the Islamist killers.

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