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The Truths About Terrorism They Dare Not Speak

When it comes to terrorism, many quarters of American society act as if race, religion and national background are taboo.
Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments Ali Afifi.

Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments Ali Afifi.
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Reducing the motives for terrorism into psychobabble disarms one’s society from being able to combat terrorism. It is amazing to see a democratic society’s intellectual assets turn to the task of systematic obfuscation as even the most ridiculous arguments flourish.

For example, people who go on suicide terrorist missions don’t get to be hardened jihadis because they don’t live long enough. And the whole point is that they can behave that way because they don’t need to be “hardened.” They can already:

(1) Settle into an identity that fits with revolutionary activity and terrorism;

(2) Get huge encouragement from an existing movement that even rules entire countries;

(3) Receive direct training from terrorist forces that operate in safe havens; Don’t believe that their identities and grievances are mere constructs. One doesn’t fight and die for a construct.

I am strongly reminded of a discussion many years ago with a brilliant CIA psychiatrist who laid the foundation for understanding the thinking of modern terrorists. One of the things he did was to divide them into two categories. There were those whose parents would, at least generally, approve of their violent acts and those that wouldn’t.

He didn’t mean here that the individual parents would cheer them—though that was possible—but that they were approved of by their social-intellectual milieu. That’s why Islamist terrorists are numbered in the tens of thousands and people like Holmes and McVeigh can be counted on the fingers of your two hands.

A few days ago I asked a first-rate, veteran journalist with much experience in this area whether she had ever interviewed parents who denounced their children’s actions. She replied, “No. And if they did they’d know enough to keep their mouths shut.” Of course, that would be because in Palestinian society they would be themselves isolated and renounced for opposing jihad or at least armed struggle.

In the Boston case, the Tsarnaev brothers’ mother cheered them and blamed America. What is in play here is not alienation from America but hatred of it based on a pre-existing template, combined with a willingness to take its benefits as if they were owed to oneself.

Note: The title of this article is drawn from Oscar Wilde, “The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name.” That’s a phrase from his poem about homosexuality in Victorian England. Every society has such things forbidden to discuss. The problem for American society is that its official quarters act as if the country is still in its Victorian Age and that race, gender, religious bias, and homosexuality fall into that category. In fact, there are quite a different set of unspeakable truths, taboo concepts for American society, defined by a new version of intellectual repression called Political Correctness.

Originally published at Rubin Reports.

About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.


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5 Responses to “The Truths About Terrorism They Dare Not Speak”

  1. The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralizing any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

    Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunna, including deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace”. he Recently an IMAM WALKED OUT BEFORE THE Singing OF HATIKVAH at an holocaust interfaith service. I refused to attend and resigned from the organization. I created the holocaust service and formally served as president of the organization. The Iman promised me he would have a press conference with me declaring in America we will not listen to Morsi and others who call Jews Apes and ask for our destruction. The press conference was never held. Jews wake up and stop being such liberals. Parts of Europe are becoming Judenrein RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  2. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    America Unite BOSTON BOMBING.

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    this is a must see video for all, Please pass this one along to family and friends. Maybe then something, anything CAN BE DONE TO STOP THESE TRAVESTIES?

    http://www.therightscoop.com/must-watch-judge-jeanines-epic-smackdown-on-the-mother-of-the-boston-jihadi-bombers/

  4. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    America Unite BOSTON BOMBING.

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    NEVER FORET, NEVER FORGIVE. REMIND THE RABBIS AND JEWISH LEADERS AS WELL AS OUR POLITICIANS. Jewish blood should not be cheap. NOT ON MY WATCH. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Video: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=8995

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    Thousands attend funeral of Yitzhar resident Evyatar Borovsky, who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist at Tapuach Junction • Settlers demand government take action, say "writing was on the wall in blood" • Fatah's Facebook page glorifies terrorist.

    He was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

    "Evyatar was a righteous, God-fearing man, who loved life. He loved making people laugh and he was extremely funny. He studied to be a medical clown and saw it as his vocation, to make patients smile and laugh. He didn’t care if they were Jewish or Arab."

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