My patience for this sort of thing evaporated the moment I read Michael Moore write, the day after 9/11, that we deserved what we got.
It didnâ€™t take long before the apologist industry was cranked up to explain the latest terrorist outrage in Bombay. Joshua Kurlantzick at the New Republic suggested that â€œAfter years of moderation, Indiaâ€™s Muslimsâ€”including even some middle-class Muslimsâ€”finally may be striking back at the discrimination stacked against them.â€ A piece in Time chimed in by noting that â€œthe roots of Muslim rage run deep in India, nourished by a long-held sense of injustice….â€ So falls into place the usual response of Western liberals to any acts of intolerant savagery committed by Muslim â€œmilitantsâ€ â€”that it is somehow in some way caused by those they attacked, that â€œMuslim rageâ€ over their mistreatment leads Muslims to slaughter Hindus, Jews, Christians, Orthodox Russians and even thoroughly secular Europeans.
Some intrepid, politically incorrect soul might even have the temerity to draw attention to the fact the Islamic terrorists seemed to have grievances against just about everybody, every ethnic or religious group that isnâ€™t Muslim along with all those Muslims who refuse to fall in line with the Islamist project. Muslim terrorists have, after all, killed far more Muslims than non-Muslims in the past decade.
The sheer diversity of it all is part of the problem. There are so many rag-tag Muslim terrorist groups launching so many attacks based on such a bewildering array of grievancesâ€”infidels in the land of Mecca and Medina, the existence of Israel, disputes over Kashmir, Russian colonialism in Chechnya, etc. â€”that we bend ourselves into pretzels trying to define them all as understandable responses to mistreatment.
We are left to wonder why Muslims here, there and everywhere seem to be so badly mistreated and respond to such mistreatment in such drearily predictable fashion, which is to blow other people (and sometimes themselves ) up.
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