Monday, July 11, 2005

Understanding terrorism?

Madrid bombings were a success to Islamic terrorism. As a result of them the Spanish public threw Aznar's party out of Spain's lead and called in a socialist government who then withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq. Just great - and now that the strategy worked in Spain they gave it a try in Great Britain. A great amount of blood is in the hands of Spain's socialist government and the public who foolishly voted for it.

Great Britain won't do the same. Tony Blair is more resolute and dedicated to what he believes is right - and the folks in the UK share a bit different and more victorious past than their Spanish counterparts.

One reason why the left will always stand weak in front of this threat is its failure to understand terrorism (although it's usually their arrogant claim that they are actually the ones who understand it). Many feel sympathy toward these nutjobs and try to understand their motives. However there's only motive behind their actions - insanity. Jihad is their justification for their insanity. You just can't go and deliberately kill innocent people and explain your actions by some cultural, political or financial differences - or religion. These people are no different from those kids who take out some of their school mates before blowing their own brains out (in the US, Germany or wherever) - it's just the means to channel this insanity that are different in different cultures.

There are differences however. Let's say you're a father in Iraq and a misguided US missile kills your entire family. As a revenge you take your gun and shoot someone who represents the US military. At some level
that might be considered to be understandable behavior. However this is not the source of organized terrorism. How many of the 9/11 hijackers had lost someone close to them because of the United States? As far as I know - none (9/11 Commission Report). Some were from wealthy families, some were from poor families, some had a bright future ahead of them (getting educated abroad) etc. - but they all shared a psychological weakness which later turned into insanity.

All these things in Madrid, UK and across the globe come down to one thing - Iraq. Iraq's fate will define the power of terrorism in the future. A success in Iraq will be be a victory for the civilized world. A failure in Iraq will guarantee more terrorism. That's why it's even more important now than ever to together help Iraq. The EU and the UN should together build a plan to stabilize Iraq by sending in peacekeepers and money instead of maintaining their selfish anti-American policy. And Italy should reconsider its decision to set a timetable for its withdrawal.

And maybe once Iraq becomes a stable region these nutjobs lose a great amount of their means to spread terror.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Aznar government blamed ETA, although they had no evidence that ETA were behind the Madrid bombings. This is why they lost the election.

July 12, 2005 12:43 PM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

I do think that Aznar partly deserved to lose for doing that but I doubt that reason was more significant than the fact that Aznar made his country go to Iraq against the will of the people. Aznar did improve Spain's economy & so.

July 13, 2005 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aznar wasn't running for re-election himself - the PP candidate was someone else, Rajoy I think. Parties with even good records are most likely to lose when the incumbent is not a candidate for another term at the helm.

July 14, 2005 3:39 PM  

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