Terror on the Rise in Canada
In the past few months we’ve heard about “Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi” (A self-proclaimed executioner for ISIS, reportedly living in Toronto), we’ve heard about the Islamic Revolutionary Force threatening to engage in acts of terror (destroy beaches, derail trains, poison water supply, and burn forests in Ontario), we heard about a planned attack on Carleton University (by someone of an apparently radical Islamic disposition), we’ve heard about ISIS fighters returning to Canada (let’s not forget that the Trudeau government now allows terrorists to become citizens under Bill C-6), we’ve heard about backlogged deportees (immigrants who have committed crimes, who are supposed to be deported, but who aren’t being deported), and while the recent vehicular attack in Canada was committed by an “involuntary celibate” and misogynist, we must remember that this tactic came to Canada (in particular, Edmonton) on Sept. 30 of this year when Abdulahi Hasan Sharif allegedly rammed a police officer before driving a rented truck at pedestrians, injuring five (an ISIS flag was found in his car).
Vehicular terrorism is a tactic that has been explicitly advocated for and promoted by the Al-Qaida since 2010. It has explicitly been advocated for by ISIS since 2014, and Europe has seen its fare share of these attacks.
One must ask themselves what percentage of the population this religion represents in Europe, Canada, and the United States? When that is looked at in proportion to the acts of terror this group commits, one cannot help but be baffled.
(the above wikipedia screencap displays the scale and scope of terrorist incidents in Canada over the past 20 years or so)
Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are disproportionately Muslim. There is a difference between the ideology of Sunnis and Shi’ites, but both have radical tendencies that are Anti-Western. This is true whether we look at Sayid Al-Qutb’s view towards the West or Ali Shariati’s views on Westoxification, and is is true whether we look at Wahabists (and Salafists in general) or Twelvers.
As is often the case with reading Marx, the criticisms of these thinkers are not necessarily flawed, but certain elements of the solutions they put forward are. Just as Marx saw how capitalism atomized society, these thinkers noted how the lack of tradition and authority are what weaken the West towards hostile forces, they note how we are too tolerant, and they note how we have counter cultural tendencies which destroy the basic, traditional norms of the human society at large, norms which have existed throughout the past millennium for a good reason.
The issue is that, while the views of many Muslims rightly generalize us, they are hostile towards the exceptional quality we possess. And in their generalizations against us, we must generalize against the the tendencies they are more likely to posses. To ask one to not generalize, is to ask one to pretend most swans are black and it is to ask one to pretend that most glass shards are not sharp.
This tendency to generalize touches on the inherent pragmatism of group-identity dynamics, and it is something both Westerners and Muslims are faced with. We might be able to find common ground on some things, but others will divide us, and quite bitterly as these differences become more pronounced over time. Unless these differences are strongly subordinated to a common cultural standard, and unless these differences exist in a homogeneous enough environment that they are not a threat, there will be an increase in tension and a build up towards conflict (whether radical or systemic).
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