A Muslim fanatic took hostages in a Sydney cafe and murdered two innocent people yesterday. Someone on Facebook posted this comment:
Thank God the gunman has been positively identified as Sheikh Man Haron Monis: Well-known to the Australian authorities as a professional lunatic who delights in writing mocking, sadistic letters to the families of dead soldiers. The commentariat can now move on from the "his motives are unclear" phase to the "all religions have their extremists" phase. Proceed.Soon the story became Islamophobia. Breitbart, which I'm starting to find a very valuable website, has this rather marvellous article by James Delingpole about how this happened. How the far left hijacked the news story for its own ends and how a woman called Tessa Kum sent a hashtag
#illridewithyouthat went viral.
Ideologies often breed hatred. In the 1930s hatred of Jews and hatred of the bourgeoisie were not polar opposites, as they seemed, but parallel currents of thought with quite a lot in common. Goebbels agreed: he said that it was because the Nazis were socialists that they opposed Jews. Miss Kum seems, from the evidence James Delingpole marshals, to dislike white people - as oppressors. She doesn't see that this is really the same as disliking black people. Because from an extreme left-wing point of view it isn't. One is the equivalent of the class enemy, one the revolutionary class.
After the beheading of Drummer Rigby on the streets of London by Muslim fanatics, very many of my Facebook friends (not a disproportionately left-wing bunch) seemed much more worried by the EDL (English Defence League) having a 15 minute heavily policed march near the scene of the crime than by the killers. I said on someone's wall - she was explaining the 'context' of the killings in terms of America's wars - that maybe we should try to understand the 'context' of EDL as well and she unfriended me.
She wasn't left-wing, by the way. She just wanted to protect the underdogs.
How decadent the West has become.
Even Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister, who is usually so splendidly unbothered by modish ideas and cant, felt moved to deny any connection between these murders and Islam, in words that David Cameron might have used.
The point I keep making is that the ISIL death cult has nothing to do with any religion, any real religion. It has nothing to do with any particular community. It is something to which sick individuals succumb....
The idea that, you know, ISIL is somehow spawned by any particular religion, frankly, it’s probably even less true than saying that Catholicism spawned the IRA.