Monday 23 January 2017

Where is the righteous anger?

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

Sinead Hayes, right is comforted at the funeral of her mother and father Larry and Martina Hayes following a funeral mass at the Church of St Peter & Paul Athlone, Ireland, Friday, July 3, 2015. The couple were killed in a terror attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort of Sousse Friday June 26. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Sinead Hayes, right is comforted at the funeral of her mother and father Larry and Martina Hayes following a funeral mass at the Church of St Peter & Paul Athlone, Ireland, Friday, July 3, 2015. The couple were killed in a terror attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort of Sousse Friday June 26. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

The initial reaction to the cold-blooded murders of three Irish citizens on holiday in Tunisia has been one of shock, sympathy and, to a largely unspoken extent, a measure of fear. At a level, fear is to be expected as a consequence of what is, after all, the intention of terrorism. But now that the funerals of the Irish victims, Larry and Martina Hayes from Co Westmeath and Lorna Carty from Co Meath have taken place, the time has come to ask - where is the righteous anger?

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Because righteous anger, not fear, should be the starting point in attempting to deal with the terrorism which so wilfully took the lives of not just three Irish citizens, but of 35 others, mostly Britons, in Sousse last Friday week. The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny has described the murders of the three Irish citizens as "an act of hatred" and insofar as one can describe the motivation of the man who loaded and pulled the trigger of a machine gun, he is correct.

To describe terrorism is one thing; but to contend with it, it is also necessary to address its psychological deformities, including its potential to develop into tyranny. It is said, and history informs us, that terrorists are tyrants-in-waiting. The argument goes that they are motivated by poverty or lack of opportunity, but the truth is that Islamic terrorism is driven by a vision of a coming collectivist Utopia that will annihilate the West.

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