We Have To Just Keep Saying It...
Blame Islamofascists' Theology--Not Western Policies
By Mary Laney
What is radical Islamic terrorism all about? Why are the terrorists killing innocent men, women and children? Why are they planting and detonating bombs from Spain to France to England to Lebanon to Israel to Bali and the United States?
In the United States, some claim it is because we, along with coalition forces, invaded Iraq. Others say it's because of our Western culture, our dress, our movies, our television programs. Democrats say it's because of President Bush's actions in the Middle East. Republicans say it's because of President Bill Clinton's refusal to act, or to recognize attacks on American facilities -- including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center -- as the Islamofascists' declaration of war against us.
I still was looking for an answer when it came in the form of a newspaper article written by a former member of a jihadist sleeper cell in Britain. Former radical Islamist Hassan Butt spelled the answer out in his article "I Was a Fanatic. I Know Their Thinking," published by the United Kingdom's Daily Mail.
The answer to my question was clear: Suicide bombers and Islamic terrorists aren't fueled by Western life or government policies. Butt says he and his fellow radicals used to laugh whenever politicians or news pundits blamed Western foreign policy for 9/11, the Madrid bombings or the London bombings of 7/7. Butt writes that blaming the governments for terrorist events did the propaganda work for the terrorists. It also deflected any examination of the real engine of violence -- radical Islamic theology -- and its goal to have a world ruled by Islamic law.