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The West’s unavoidable new reality

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Dearest Europe, sister of mine, where have you gone wrong? Considering the latest ISIL-inspired terrorist attack on June 3, the United Kingdom now faces its most severe security crisis in over a decade.

Three successful terrorist plots have killed 35 people and injured hundreds in the last ten weeks. MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, has not faced such a threat since 2005 when coordinated terrorist attacks in London led to 52 civilian deaths. Questions are now arising as to how the country has let this happen after 12 years of foiled plots and relative stability.

The U.K. is not the only country confronting such a threat. Over 200 citizens have been killed in France since the beginning of 2015, with shootings, stabbings, bombings and weaponized vehicles, leaving the country in a perpetual state of emergency.

Brussels and Berlin have also seen spates of violence, with the former being noted for being a hotbed of radicalism.

Many, such as our president, will not hesitate to blame the religion of Islam for these attacks, perpetuating a bigoted narrative describing a “clash of civilizations.” They are barbarians, and we in the West are the civilized victims. This is simply a lie. In fact, it is the barbaric actions that western governments have undertaken that place their citizens at risk.

I am not condoning terrorist attacks in Europe. Though I believe political violence is justified in some senses, I cannot agree with the murder of innocent civilians enjoying a live concert and Europe’s colorful nightlife. These attacks, however, are not random. They are radical responses to the West’s murderous imperialism.

ISIL, the militant group that has claimed responsibility for most of these attacks, was able to grow and prosper in the power vacuum created by the 2003 invasion of Iraq—an invasion mostly led by American and British forces.

ISIL mostly consists of individuals either my age or not much older, who have known nothing but an occupying force from far-off lands. At times, I have wondered what I would do if my family members were killed by drone or air strikes gone awry. Fury and confusion would dominate my being as I plotted revenge. I will happily concede that this is not always the case.

A lot of the suspected terrorists in Europe were born on the continent and were radicalized in their neighborhoods and on the internet. All the same, these opportunities would not exist if it were not for the way the West conducts itself militarily.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the recently resurgent Labour Party in the U.K., was brave enough to say the war on terror is not working in the wake of the Manchester bombing. Having the army patrol British streets is an indication we need a smarter way to combat terrorism, he added.

Unless we are sending in our military with a clear goal, whether it be properly-resourced peacekeeping or nation-building, the West will continue to suffer from horrific terrorist incidents. The specter of terrorism that is haunting Europe is an indefinite epidemic, and its antidote—which has yet to be utilized—is in the West’s hand.

-Rudy Martinez is a philosophy senior

3 COMMENTS

  1. ISIS is a western creation used to destabilize Syria/MiddleEast/etc. However, this is entirely different from the daily attacks that are in fact “a clash of civilizations”.

    The Quran itself calls for the killing of unbelievers and infidels “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.” Quran 9:73. They are not knifing and bombing daily against the west out for political reasons, but for religious ones. And these attacks will continue as long as the west keeps acting soft.

    The west must make laws to maintain its civility. Do not allow sharia law. Do not allow men to marry underage wives. Do not allow men to have multiple wives and slaves. Do not allow women to be forced into wearing burqas and other demeaning clothing that WE ALL KNOW THEY DONT WANNA WEAR. No human in their right mind wants to be covered up head to toe 24/7…. etc

    The west can win if we stick together. We must remember our American values and morals are what separate us from the animals. <3

  2. Wait a minute, so you argue that the west has caused this by interfering in the Middle East, yet argue that the only way for it to stop, is by interfering in the Middle East. Why not leave it alone entirely, and have nothing to do with it? Would that not then allow the people of the region to decide their fate rather than an outside government? https://i.redd.it/g0ut5pbwny001.jpg I saw this piece by you, and I then realized what type of creature you are. You’re the type of person, who criticizes an entire ethnic group, all from within the comforts of a society built by that ethnic group. I’d take your criticism a bit better if it came from, say, Ethiopia. But if you go into Germany or the UK etc. and then say all white people suck, then it leads me to recognize that you want the product of one group, just not the group itself. You speak as though the DNA is something terrible, yet you proclaim the solution is at hand, in that soon all white countries will have a flood of single shaded brown diversity. But why, if whites are so terrible and create such horrible issues, does it seem you people, complete with DNA that created a continent whose people have the statistical IQ of 75, do you then flood into their countries? “Whites are terrible, I want nothing to do with whites, they make nothing but problems”…”oh but also, all you whites better let us into your countries or else”. You indicate that, in your desire to swarm into white countries en masse two things. The first that your people are incapable of creating a successful nation. Which is entirely unsurprising when one studies race and iq correlations. And the second, you indicate what you would argue against, were it said out loud. You indicate that you believe whites created countries that are more favorable to live in, more comfortable, more advanced. Ergo, you think whites make better countries than, once again, people whose statistical iq is 75. Or if your Hispanic, below 90; take your pick, won’t get you very far.

    • It wouldn’t matter if brown people were literally animals, it doesn’t justify white imperialists carpet bombing their countries for kicks, any more than factory farming could be considered justifiable. I make this comparison because I’ve ran in rightwing circles and I know for a fact that white supremacists have more empathy for animals then they do different races; even there the offering is paltry and certainly doesn’t translate into remediation or institutional change. The conflation of IQ and morality is a myth.

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