Today’s post is at the Stream: The Brussels Attack And The Ironies Of Muslim Assimilation.
Ironies abound in the latest terrorist attack. Consider this propaganda video in which the organization Visit Brussels on 18 January assures the world that Belgium is a terrific place to visit. As part of a PR campaign, conspicuous phones were set up around the world in which world strangers might call Belgian strangers. At just before the one minute mark is heard this conversation from a distant caller to a Brussels resident.
“Is it safe for this moment?”
“Of course it’s safe, it’s very safe.”
Stick around, because at about 1:10m is heard this from another distant stranger:
“I read in—on—the Internet that it’s dangerous to visit your city.”
“Well actually it’s the media that’s made a whole fuss about it, but nothing is happening.”
The press says that, but they also say that the attacks are “caused” by (a) Islamaphobia, and (b) Muslims failing to assimilate to Western secular culture. On these points, celebrated writer Max Boot burst out of the gate, and even before the blood began to congeal on the pavement, tweeted, “Problem in EU is failure to assimilate Muslim immigrants. US has done better job, but Trump attacks alienate Muslims & threaten security.”…
Because, believe it or not, money, nihilism, and the abandonment of human nature aren’t the ultimate goals of many people. Religious people are immune to the virus. Secularists don’t comprehend this because they never fully accept religious people believe what they’re saying, perhaps because—another irony—secularists never truly believe anything (hence nihilism). Can you imagine the consternation of the frustrated terrorist after an attack? “I said I hated them, but they didn’t believe me! What more evidence do they want?!”…
See the pulse-pounding rest there.
Bonus! The Editors at Stream wisely cut out the final two paragraphs on global warming, a subject which I have ostensibly given up for Lent. But for you, dear readers, a sneak peek.
It’s also worth noting that global-warming-of-doom, since it hasn’t yet arrived (it’ll be here any day now), could not have been responsible for these attacks. President Obama, though, as was pointed out the day before the Brussels attack says he’s “more worried about climate change than ISIS”.
I believe him. I mean, I don’t believe global warming is any kind of threat, or indeed even a minor concern, but I fully believe Mr Obama does not see ISIS as a threat. Well, some people are unable to learn. and it would be cruel to hold his impediment against him given he’s on his way out.