Thursday, 7 January 2010

The Islamic Roots of the Christmas Day Bombing Attempt

At Pajamas Media today, Jamie Glazov explains the Islamic ideology, and its psychological repercussions, that led the attempted Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to resort to terrorism.

Glazov points out that Internet postings made by Abdulmutallab expose his desire to only ever take Muslims, and not infidels, as friends (as per Qur'an 5:51 and others); and to live his life "according to the Koran and Sunnah to the best of my ability. I do almost everything, sports, TV, books … (of course trying not to cross the limits in the deen [religion]).”

But as Glazov also notes, the Left is desperate not to notice the Islamic ideology that motvated Abdulmutallab, for reasons particular to the Leftist psyche:

It’s so mysterious that the news anchors on CNN continue to incredulously ask each other and their guests these questions — back and forth, over and over again, in a cyclical circus that has no end and that never produces the most obvious answer staring any sensible person right in the face. In the liberal imagination, there is just this “extremist ideology” out there somewhere and somehow this unfortunate Muslim boy fell under its spell, but no one can be exactly sure how or why it happened. All one can be sure of is that an adversarial culture or ideology must not be blamed and that America, somewhere, somehow, must definitely be at fault.

And so, when it comes to the liberal left trying to digest Abdulmutallab and his suicidal quest, perplexed dismay becomes a much safer hiding place than honesty, because the basic truth threatens the very survival of the liberal faith. For the liberal to accept the evident reason why Abdulmutallab set off on his suicide odyssey would necessitate him having to completely shed himself of his entire worldview and personal identity. The much easier route, therefore, is to keep oneself confused and to stay focused on how American capitalism and imperialism must have surely had something to do with it — even though, as is the case with the cause of Islamic terror itself, these factors are so obviously not involved in Abdulmutallab’s suicidal and murderous yearnings (i.e., Abdulmutallab comes from a privileged, wealthy, and educated life, etc.).

What the lib-left milieu simply can’t digest is what Islamic terrorists like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab themselves insist motivated them. And these are things like, you know, reading certain religious texts and following a certain religion’s teachings. They are things, sort of like, well, following Islam and reading the Koran and stuff like that.

When all is said and done, the true reasons why Abdulmutallab embarked on his murderous mission of suicide are completely understandable — and only to be expected — in the context of his Islamic odyssey. And Abdulmutallab himself clearly points to the influence of his religion in his own personal writings on the internet.

There is much, much more at the link provided.

Incidentally, the Left's denial - and ultimately, acceptance - of Islamic terror is covered in exhaustive detail in Glazov's book United in Hate: The Left's Romance With Tyranny and Terror, which I reviewed here.

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