It’s our leaders who are creating a generation of terrorists

My apologies, Jaycee, for displacing your marvellous and macabre tale so soon. Unfortunately, events don’t wait.

The cultural warriors of the extreme(?) right – Abbott, Abetz, Andrews, Bernardi, Christensen – the list goes on and on – would do well to think about this article.

Instead of throwing oil (Saudi oil, most probably) on the flames, what about doing wussy things like engagement, acceptance, tolerance?

(Nah, no votes in that . . . but ramping up the hysteria will do the ‘right’ a power of good . . .)

However, in view of the violence in Belgium today, this article (published well before any suicide vest was detonated) is essential reading. Big hat-tip, and thanks, to eJames.


Europe is losing the battle because its leaders still indulge the sponsors of terrorism and germinate animosity and rancour
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Monday 21 March 2016

On Friday, Belgium police captured Salah Abdeslam, a key conspirator and member of the Islamist gang that murdered so many innocents in Paris last November. Belgium PM Charles Michel is triumphant: “This evening is a huge success in the battle against terrorism.” Monsieur Michel’s bombast is typical of Western leaders – they revel in their “victories” and never think about why so many young Muslims, born in Europe, are turning to violent extremism.

Not one of the EU nations has, to date, taken on Saudi Arabia, the promulgator of hardline Islam and zealous intolerance. Saudi Arabia went into Belgium in the late sixties and spread Wahhabism among the newly arrived Muslim migrants. To date, $70bn has been spent on this global brainwashing and destabilisation programme. This Tuesday evening on ITV, a secretly filmed documentary investigates the nefarious kingdom. Will this exposure alter Europe’s special relationship with the most evil of empires? No.

Here is a dire warning: Europe is losing the battle against terrorism because its leaders still indulge the sponsors of terrorism, unthinkingly aid and abet the propagandists of Isis and germinate animosity and rancour in a new generation of Muslims. EU governments never say sorry, never let complexities divert them from their macho missions, seem incapable of thinking holistically, do not engage with history or the hinterlands, undercut democratic values, can only react to events as they happen and thereby endanger the lives of millions of citizens.

The police and special forces expect multiple terror attacks in London. Other cities are preparing for new blasts. These crimes are indefensible. And no, I am not saying that the West deserves these bloodbaths or is wholly to blame for them. Repulsive Islamists and their ideologies are hell-bent on annihilating modernity and cumulated human cultures. But I do believe that European politicians have, over many decades, created the conditions for fanaticism to seed and grow. The abysmal official responses to the refugee flows are leading to new anti-Western furies.

Here is a friend of mine, a Muslim woman, who works in the City and lives in a grand home: “I was born here, have done well. My faith is private and I have no time for fundis ( fundamentalists). But I am shocked. How can Cameron, my Prime Minister, treat refugees like they are cockroaches? Those children? Would he do this if they were white people from Zimbabwe? I now understand how a young Muslim turns and loads up on hate. My own son is so full of anger.” Me too. The media and our leaders – except for Mrs Merkel – demonise refugees and fill up on self-pity. The migration crisis is all about us. Sickening.

Now Turkey – where the government daily violates human rights – is paid billions to take the migrant problem out of Europe. Men, women and children from Africa and Arabia have become traded meat. And all the while, our politicians wax lyrical about Europe’s values and “higher” civilisation. Can you not see how this dissonance affects those with links to those places? And humane indigenous citizens too?

I recently met a young, wannabe jihadi. Salim (not his real name) is 19 and very bright. His mum wrote and requested me to meet him. He went on and on about being a despised Muslim, about Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syrian refugees. He wants to join the caliphate because he feels he has no future in England. He was like a tethered animal wanting to break free of the life he knew.

His mum now has cancer and he has sobered up. However, his views on these misguided wars are not treacherous and are widely shared. (The police will not get these names out of me. Many readers write to me privately and I cannot break that trust.)

The European crusaders who attacked Iraq and Libya and play hidden war games in Syria have never accepted responsibility for the churn, chaos, rage and violence that they left in their wake. Western sanctions and bombs wiped out more people in Iraq than Saddam ever did. Read Patrick Coburn’s new book, Chaos & Caliphate, which chronicles these historical catastrophes. For Salim and his ilk, these killer facts fuse with their own life stories of confusion and rejection and the amalgam combusts.

Abdeslam was kept safe and hidden by those who live in Molenbeek, an overcrowded Muslim ghetto stuffed with no-hopers. Some inhabitants describe the place as Europe’s biggest jihadist factories. Why should this be so? Because the very air is thick with disillusionment and breathed in by all those who live there.

In the Sixties, Belgium welcomed cheap factory labour from Morocco and other Arab lands. The old industries died and families were marooned with no jobs, low skills and a sense of failure. They believe successive governments used and then discarded them. Francoise Schepmans, the mayor of Molenbeek, has now come out and spoken about the “culture of denial”, which now must be broken. Belgium needs to address its racism and neglect of Muslims who are in its national bloodstream. So too France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Denmark and so on.

Our political elites need to be honest, savvy and ethical. They must refrain from impetuous militarism and reach out to estranged Muslims. Remember, the West beat communism using political and economic seduction. Weapons, oppressive laws and racist discourse will not defeat Islamist terrorism. Soft, smart power just might.

327 thoughts on “It’s our leaders who are creating a generation of terrorists

  1. kk

    Some good news from Syria.

    There’s some coordinated activity going on. Early this morning it was reported that finally the Iraqi Army are attacking targets on the outskirts of Mosul.

  2. Tlbd

    The Capetown cable car video nice.

    What bought that on?

    If you’re thinking of waddling off over to there don’t miss the seafood restaurants on Victoria Road, Clifton Beaches.

    • Gosh!’d almost need a cable-car to get to the top of THAT “Sugarloaf Hill”!

    • “All these companies say they are not here to avoid tax and they pay their liabilities in the UK”

      Same thing The Messiah told us, and just as unbelievable.

  3. Just had a look at Peter Brent’s piece and he’s repeating the overused mantra that “the moderation is coming, the moderation is coming, just you wait” well we’ve been waiting for six months and it hasn’t happened and it never will.

  4. Ctar1

    With the Syrian cease fire miraculously holding and the coordinated action it sure looks like some ‘grand plan’ has been agreed to by most of those involved. Perhaps not a coincidence the German, Russian and US Foreign Ministers/Secretary are in Moscow being lovey dovey.

  5. I notice that both Bob Ellis and Bernadi (Menzie’s House) have abandoned their flock with the comments section closed down and the other taken off the web. The loons of both sites will have to find another to vent their anger.

  6. I understand he is very ill Fiona, it just doesn’t explain why he removed the comments section. Most who did comment were loyal to him over a long period and would not accept a bad word about him.

  7. In case anyone had forgotten why Radovan Karadžić was convicted:

    Testimony of Ramiza Gurdić:
    I saw how a young boy of about ten was killed by Serbs in Dutch uniform. This happened in front of my own eyes. The mother sat on the ground and her young son sat beside her. The young boy was placed on his mother’s lap. The young boy was killed. His head was cut off. The body remained on the lap of the mother. The Serbian soldier placed the head of the young boy on his knife and showed it to everyone. … I saw how a pregnant woman was slaughtered. There were Serbs who stabbed her in the stomach, cut her open and took two small children out of her stomach and then beat them to death on the ground. I saw this with my own eyes.

  8. What a nice pair!

    Ted Cruz has branded Donald Trump a “sniveling coward” as the feud between the Republican presidential contenders over their wives took a nastier turn.

    After an earlier and vague threat to “spill the beans” about Heidi Cruz, Trump stoked the spat on Twitter when he retweeted side-by-side images of Cruz’s wife and his own wife, Melania.

  9. Cruz added: “Donald does seem to have an issue with women,. Donald doesn’t like strong women. Strong women scare Donald.”

    Clearly a twin from another mother of the honourable member for Warringah.

  10. Now, that’s a crowd!

    The four superstars led by Mick Jagger have arrived for the free-of-charge concert at Havana’s Ciudad Deportivo sports centre.

    Cuban state media said about 500,000 people were expected to fill the playing fields, with music industry magazine Billboard reporting that as many people again could swarm into neighbouring streets.

    With no tickets on sale, it was impossible to confirm the estimates, but 1 million fans would amount to one of every 11 Cubans.

  11. Trumps wife “Melania” … right. I suppose they just call her “Melon”.

    You’ve give to the Yanks on naming children. Black Americans in particular are great at this. They select the same name as 70 other children in their school class and then add letters at random in an effort to make the child feel sui generis.

    I’m sure that out there somewhere like Minnesota there’s a school student who has the surname “Post” and first name “Fence” … Good ole Fence.

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