I recently was invited by the "D?partement de Recherche sur les Menaces Criminelles Contemporaines" (MCC) de l'Universit? Panth?on-Assas - Paris II to make a presentation as a guest lecturer on the Boston Marathon bombing. I was flattered, even though the requirement was that the presentation be in French, a language I have not spoken on a daily basis for over three decades. There was, inevitably, a Muslim student in the group who insisted that jihad actually was a peaceful pursuit, and besides the US was committing atrocities every day. So what's the difference?
It's impossible in this space to reproduce the entire two and a half hour talk, but I spoke of the irony of two young men who had enjoyed the benefits of life in a pluralistic society, two young men, one of which was an American citizen and the other an applicant for American citizenship, having succumbed to the obscene lure of Islamist extremism. As a matter of fact, the entire family was the beneficiary of American largesse. They received assistance from the day they set foot here. As "political refugees" they were entitled to settlement assistance Section 8 housing, public healthcare, food stamps, etc. And how about Federal Pell Grants and a $2500 scholarship for the younger son, Dzhokar?
But what did they learn about America? They found a system ready and wlling to support them within the context of a degenerating, self-loathing society that fostered "diversity" rather than the melting pot. Diversity is a concept that separates Americans according to distinct values of ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), and sexual preference. It is a centrifugal force that constructs barriers between different groups.
People everywhere seek to "belong," to identify with others like themselves ' not the prevailing sentiment in today's America. The lure of an undefined America obviously absent, the elder brother, Tamerlan, returned to the North Caucasus and found his identity with the Wahabist extremists who have taken over the Chechen rebellion there. He returned and infected his younger brother with the same virus ' America is not our home, but rather our enemy.
One may call this "self-radicalization," but clearly it was not. It was an infection, a contagious disease affecting the Islamic body, and it cannot be eradicated by westerners, especially not when westerners find it popular to question western values at every opportunity. No. Only Islam can cure itself, much as Christianity was forced to do during the Enlightenment. But there is a long road ahead.
This brings us to a popular meme (in the West): "One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist." Really? Are we in the West so far down the road of self-medication to relieve imaginary guilt that we no longer can distinguish right from wrong? Such meaningless assertions reveal only that the speaker does not know which side he's on. Let's see, do you stand for the western values of individual liberty, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, or do you stand for a religio-ideological creed hell bent on replacing these values with a system that recognizes no difference between religion and the state, a movement that would place its non-co-religionists into dhimmitude (second class socio-politico-economic status), a system of beliefs that instructs its adherents simply to kill "non-believers" (yes, it's right there in the Koran, and don't give me any crap about a "religion of peace.")
Make your choice. Arguments based on moral equivalence have no merit whatsoever. The facts are there, so draw the logical conclusions. We saw the same mental derangement during the Cold War when lefties the world over just could not see any difference between the U.S. and the USSR. Let's see, individual liberty, freedom of thought, democracy, constitutional government vs. totalitarian despotism, political correctness (yes, political correctness = tyranny of thought in the USSR just as it does in the U.S. today), over 20 million citizens dead of starvation, more millions murdered, and more in the Gulag. Sure enough, can't see any differences there. Can you?
Boston Marathon bombing scene
The carnage at the Boston Marathon bombing scene where a blood soaked street and debris is all that's left after the victims of Tamerlan And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were removed. | Photo: Reuters | Boston, Bombing, Terrorist, Blood, Violence, Tamerlan, Dzhokhar, Tsarnaev,