Monday, 13 December 2010
However, the fact that Sweden was targeted emphasises the flaw in the left's logic when it comes to terrorism and the roots of terror. As I pointed out in an article last month for The American Thinker, the left's narrative on terror is that terrorism is an exaggerated (but understandable) response to the evil, imperialistic, right-wing policies of America and Britain - policies epitomised in the foreign policy of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. If only we would listen to the left, and abandon our evil foreign policies, and just roll over, then the Islamists would leave us alone and all would be fine - they would leave us alone. It is for this reason, they claim, that America and Britain are the main targets of Islamic anger.
The attempted attacks on Sweden once again blow this theory out of the water, especially when one considers that Sweden is one of the most socialist country in Europe, and is often heralded by the left as the closest thing in existence to a socialist paradise.
Threats have been made not only against Sweden, but also against Germany, France, Belgium and Italy. Out of those, only Germany could be said to be a significant ally of America in the War of Terror. Sweden did send troops to Afghanistan, but the number of troops is relatively limited. Although the media is trying to place emphasis on this factor, the bomber himself indicated that it had less to do with the support for the war in Afghanistan, and more to do with their silence over one of the (many) cartoon/Mohammed controversies.
Yes that's right, you read that correctly. Sweden was made a target, not because it did anything, but because it didn't condemn the cartoons that were drawn in another country. This indicates something else about how wrong the left's understanding of the terrorist threat really is. Islamic extremists won't just leave us alone if we do nothing wrong, instead they demand that we conform with and support their agenda as well. Their aim is conquest, not neutrality. Radical Islamists say that we must submit to them or we will automatically be targeted - that is their offer.
The Sweden attacks show that such people cannot be bargained with - as the left wish to do. The only option is to root these people out and destroy them - this is the option that the right offers, and it is the only option that makes sense. Let us hope that this awakens people to the threat that confronts us, and the true reality of the situation. This was a close call, we need to make sure it doesn't happen again, as next time we might not be so lucky.