University expert destroyed by commenters on Brussels bombing forum. Professor Robert Pape, an American political scientist known for his work on international security affairs, PC-splained that the overwhelming reason for suicide bombers is occupation by a foreign power or desire for local autonomy against a larger state, rather than religion. He says “military occupation is the root cause of suicide terrorism.” The top-voted comment on the forum, by Yarin, destroyed this with facts:
Islamic jihadist groups Boko Haram and Al Shabbab terrorize African communities in Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Tanzania- which of those countries is engaged in military occupation?
The Iraqi Yazidis are terrorized by ISIS – and they don’t even have a state or army.
Or how about all the Pakistani Christians blown up by the Taliban this week- for celebrating Easter? …
[From an offical ISIS spokesman:] So whoever is a Muslim, his blood and wealth are sanctified. And whoever is a disbeliever, his wealth is legal for a Muslim to take and his blood is legal to spill.
The big lie is that all this terrorism is somehow a response to bad behavior by the West. In reality the vast majority of Islamic terror victims are the minority populations of Muslim-majority countries: Copts in Egypt, Bahai’s in Iran, Animists in Sudan, Shiites in Sunni countries, Sunnis in Shiite countries, Jews anywhere…
And it doesn’t matter what the West does, because they’ll always find a reason- there’s a thousand ways to piss off an Islamist:
- Draw a cartoon, you’re marked for death
- Make a movie, you’re marked for death
- Write a book, you’re marked for death
- Get an education, you’re marked for death
- Leave your husband, you’re marked for death
- Leave the faith, you’re marked for death
- Speak out, you’re marked for death
- Love your neighbor, you’re marked for death …
While we’re at it, let’s dispel a final myth: that these terrorists represent a lunatic fringe, an tiny minority that has no popular appeal in the Islamic world. And yet, as I write this, twenty-five thousand protesters are marching in a single city in Pakistan, in FAVOR of killing people for blasphemy. Is it any wonder terrorists don’t have a recruiting problem?
Which brings me to my final point- there’s a difference between having political grievances and being batshit crazy. It’s time to stop thinking of Islamists as just another religious/political/ethnic faction, that can be reasoned with or appeased, and start treating them like insane death cult that they are.
Well done commenter Yarin, for advancing a point of view based on facts.