The portrait of the naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin arrested for last weekend’s failed car bombing in Times Square exposes once again the specious argument made by liberal-left ideologues that alone or in some combination, poverty, the sins of western colonialism-imperialism and the wickedness of Zionism are the cause of Islamist terrorism. (…)
The cause of Islamist terror is Islamism.
It is an ideology like bolshevism devised to legitimize making war (jihad), seize power and establish a Shariah-based totalitarian rule. And as it was once with bolshevism in old Russia, Islamism attracts primarily young Muslim men of middle-class backgrounds with intellectual pretensions to become the vanguard “martyrs” of jihad against the West for being the enemy of Islam and Muslims.
I have traveled in Pakistan. I have visited the homes of the privileged in society and there among the wealthy and the powerful, I have often heard the case made that if Pakistan is faced with destruction it will destroy the other as it goes down. In Urdu this sounds terribly ominous.
Young Pakistani men like Faisal Shahzad, whose father is a retired air force general, hear such discussions and are invariably influenced by them. (…)
One response might well be to consider a moratorium on migration to the West from Pakistan and adjoining areas producing hordes of men such as Faisal Shahzad.
There are, indeed, millions of moderate Muslims; but there are also a million or so (on a guess) who want to blow up Times Square. Or a shopping mall or a school. And we are not able to tell the difference.
Banning immigration from a few Islam infested nations is a reasonable idea. It will not be implemented until enough Americans or Canadians or Europeans have been killed. The only question is how many that might be.
[And a note to my lefty friends. I use “Islamic infestation” deliberately. While there are many secular, moderate people of Muslim sensibility, the conditions in which terror arises are largely Islamic. If a nation embraces Islam we have to ask why we would allow people infected by that particular disease to come to Canada (or the West in general). Is the risk worth it? How can we tell one Mohammad from another? And is it even worth the effort? Banning them all is, no doubt, rude; but it would reduce the attempted slaughter.)