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  • By Joseph Downing

    France is experiencing one of the most horrifying and severe bouts of terrorism since World War II. Given how often French streets have been targeted by terrorists in the past year, it’s e […]

    • From the article linked above:

      The people who have been attacking France are warped individuals who are intent on engaging in criminal and violent acts. They are not rebelling against prevailing social conditions.

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      But arguing that the causes of these attacks are social, economic, historical or religious risks marginalising those hundreds of thousands of individuals attempting to further their lives in France.

      You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s all down to a bunch of deranged lunatics? This is the most myopic analysis I’ve ever read.

    • “What unites … is a history of psychopathic behaviour, crime and violence.” (Source)

      Maybe, but so what? Malevolent political movements always benefit and recruit from such people, whether it be National Socialists in 1930’s Germany, or Global Jihadists in 2000’s (or indeed other eras). The personal motivations of the individual low-level operatives are subsumed by the wider cause. I doubt that many Auschwitz guards had read Mein Kampff, but they relished carrying out their daily tasks. Just because the Nice truck driver had rarely or never opened a koran is irrelevant to the strategic aims of the ISLAMIC movement, led by an avowed ISLAMIC ‘scholar’, that facilitated and endorsed his actions.

    • The first failure in all these interventions was that the military victor made no attempt to secure or destroy the ex-regime’s weapons, allowing them to fall into jihadi hands. THAT should have been done immediately on defeat of Gaddafi. Actually the first failure was complete lack of understanding of Islam- which states clearly the Allah’s Law overrules all man-made ones, such as human rights and the concept of democracy.
      In a true Islamic State democracy is impossible.

    • JimJFox #5
      Aug 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

      Actually the first failure was complete lack of understanding of Islam- which states clearly the Allah’s Law overrules all man-made ones, such as human rights and the concept of democracy.

      As such, people thus indoctrinated will have no intention of co-operating with civil law or respecting democratic processes.

      In a true Islamic State democracy is impossible.

      Perhaps Gaddafi, Saddam, and Assad knew this, and had matters under control, before interfering, do-gooding, western, asset grabbing, oil hunters, decided to conduct their ideological failed experiments of imposing regime-change and “democracy” by starting and funding civil wars in the hope of installing puppet regimes!

    • JimJFox #5
      Aug 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

      The first failure in all these interventions was that the military victor made no attempt to secure or destroy the ex-regime’s weapons, allowing them to fall into jihadi hands.

      The failures were that there were no “victors”, and usually are no victors in these types of wars. (Unless we count the profits of munitions industries).
      Afghanistan has a long history of failed colonial rulers achieving partial victories but eventually giving up.

      While media hype often glorifies wars, wars are about thousands or millions of ordinary citizens who are losers as a consequence of the political and military manipulations of well funded ambitious colonial, neo-colonial, criminal gangs, or corporate, power-seekers!

      Many terrorist groups are under-dog relics of previous wars and conquests.

    • Western foreign policy as a story for kids: (correct me if I’ve got any of this wrong)

      Head into the forest with a chainsaw. Take down a huge tree, easy. Cart it off for furniture or firewood, doesn’t matter. Now, observe the clearing. Left to itself, there’s a fierce competition for the new patch of sunlight, fast growing weeds battle it out. Maybe we planted a sapling to replace the big tree we felled, but what hope has it against the fastest growing stuff, all kinds of creepers and climbers, none of which can replace the fallen giant, but overall they can prevent the growth of a new one. The former clearing becomes an impenetrable thicket, and no longer a habitat for all the life that lived successfully under that big old tree.

      Now, move along a bit and take out another giant tree….

    • The failures were that there were no “victors”, and usually are no victors in these types of wars.

      Agreed- but I couldn’t think of a word to define the initial military success in toppling the regime.
      Western military tactics seem to have morphed from full invasion/occupation into ‘minimal boots
      on the ground and get out fast’. Somewhere between these extremes may be the best of all the
      bad options; the utter indifference in not hammering ISIS from day one [JV team?] led to allowing
      the bestial practices that followed and it’s ability to recruit psychopaths.

      Now there’s another deluded fool preaching idiocracy–
      http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/08/02/islamic-state-answers-pope-francis-religious-war/?
      What can be done to preserve freedom in the face of this Obama-like denial?

    • JimJFox #9
      Aug 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Now there’s another deluded fool preaching idiocracy–

      islamic-state-answers-pope-francis-religious-war/?

      No surprises there Jim!
      The pope in “No True Scotsman” mode, and in denial of the downsides of religion!

    • Any young person seeking their identity, resenting their parents choices, etc, and who is from an islamic background, who reads the founding documents of their culture, will find nothing but the deification of a classic psychopathic, narcissistic, paranoid rapist/pedophile straight out of the DSM (pick an edition). A culture that does not discipline or teach self control or courtesy to its young will automatically produce these behaviors in any economic setting. Add to this a genetically skewed population after 1500 years of culling out the “normals” and you have a perfect recipe for today’s nightmare.

    • bonnie2 #14
      Aug 3, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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      The problem is, that it can be impossible to tell if particular Muslims ARE peace loving, or if they are simply, indulging in compartmentalised thinking, in denial, or going for the “No True Scotsman option!

      As far as a Muslim to Muslim message goes, back in Pakistan, Africa, and the Arab world, Muslim attacks on (“the “wrong sort” of) Muslims, are commonplace, so any pretence of unity is a facade, presented for a western audience, – or a seeking for religious support where they are a minority within the wider population!
      Some are even seeking alliances with Catholics in looking for privileged positions for “faith beliefs”!!

    • Blaming inequality is perhaps correct, but understanding the roots of inequality is key. If your culture requires you to withdraw from the wider world, restricts your dress, inhibits your imagination and your capacity to rationalise, represses your sexuality, and ultimately promises you heaven via the certitude of moral superiority, then it’s no surprise that you might become socially (and cerebrally) unequal. From this background there is little likelihood of finding any economic success in the real world.

    • The basis for all this tragedy is in four causes:

      religion (a betrayal of the human spirit and mind control).
      ignorance (= never question authority+indoctrination).
      overpopulation (this increases the level of poverty and ignorance).
      corruption (who depend on ignorance and poverty).

      Just look at Latin America and the Mid-East and SE Asia (Islam). It is the same story.

    • Alan @ # 6.

      “Perhaps Gaddafi, Saddam, and Assad knew this, and had matters under control, before interfering, do-gooding, western, asset grabbing, oil hunters, decided to conduct their ideological failed experiments of imposing regime-change and “democracy” by starting and funding civil wars in the hope of installing puppet regimes!”

      Those three knew, and so did those who assisted them initially, but then ignorance of history led Bush and Blair to blunder onto the scene.

      The very idea that Saddam had anything to do 9/11 was absurd; he and bin Laden were sworn enemies.

      Also, they knew Saddam had no WMD, because had done so they knew he would have used them with alacrity.

    • Saddam wasn’t so concerned about the threat Islamism posed to democracy as the threat it posed to his power base. He even changed direction himself and promoted Islam by building Mosques and was a driving force behind the Return to Faith campaign.

      I guess he assumed he could keep it under his control and perhaps figured it was a good idea at the time to get on side with the Muslim Brotherhood.