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April 22, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Now that an Islamist terror plot has been exposed in friendly ol’ Canada, do you think that certain Deep Thinkers will relinquish the theory that U.S. foreign policy creates terrorism? Of course not. This is about as central to their worldview as anti-psychiatry is to the Scientologists. They’re not about to ditch such a convenient meta-narrative in the face of mounting counter-evidence. That would be positively un-radical.

People who actually pay attention to international affairs, and who read more than one news source, know that Islamist terror is not confined to American targets. Hell, the vast majority of targets are non-American. Mosques in Iraq. Tourist sites in Bali. Mumbai. Madrid. London. Argentina. Algeria. Etc. ad nauseum. Are these Deep Thinkers so Americocentric they think everything is about us and us alone?

Well, they might reply, U.S. foreign policy might not be the cause of all terror, but it is a cause of some terror.. In that case, I urge that they turn to a wonderful collection called The Al Qaeda Reader, edited by Raymond Ibrahim. Mr. Ibrahim demonstrates that our foes love to talk out of both sides of their mouths. When the propaganda is directed to Western audiences, it’s all about anti-imperialism, woe-is-me theatrics. The willing recipients of this message are the useful (and useless) idiots in the West. When the terrorists talk amongst themselves, however, the message conveyed through internal memos and letters is one of pure religious fanaticism.

Dupes will always be dupes, especially if they want to be duped.

Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at robertwargas.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas

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Zeke, Zeke, Zeke:

You have reached the final state of Progressive debating tactics. Name calling. Not only was there no terrorism directed against the United State in 19th Century from the Muslim world we also managed to stay out of Europe's wars. Oh, wait a minute Europe didn't have any continent wide wars during the 19th Century for us to get into. Claims about what went on during the 19th Century are a non-sequitor. There was no terrorism per se in the interwar years because the colonial powers ruled the region with an iron hand and if anything pursued a pro-Arab/pro-Muslim policy. All the local acts of terror were directed at the local Jewish populations.

If you note above I specifically said that US Middle East policy was generally pro-Arab until after the Six Day War in 1967. US Middle East policy from 1945-1991 was driven by the Cold War competition with the Soviet Union. The internal dynamics of the Middle East politics were driven at first by neo-Fascist Arab Nationalism led by Nasser and then after the Camp David accords solely by the Cold War competition.

Soviet sympathizers have been the primary critics of US Middle East policy. the late addition of the Buchananites is more a return to the immediate post war neo Nazi motivation. Modern terrorism was created by the Soviet Union as tool for achieving their regional goals not only in the Middle East but in Europe against NATO as well. The Red Brigades, Baader-Meinhof and Boston favorite terrorists the Irish Republican Army all received training and funding from the Soviet Union through the East Germans and Libyans. During this period all terrorist groups were decidedly secular and aligned with the Soviet Union or their surrogates.

Modern religious terrorism originated in Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal and the collapse of communism. The Saudis stepped in with money and influence and redirected the established terrorist groups to from political to religious motivation. Some believe that AQ got started when the Saudis saw the Afghan war as way of redirecting the energies of their more radical citizens to more “productive” activities, i.e., send them off to Southwest Asia to die as martyrs. Iranian terrorism, while it does have a religious basis, is strictly an instrument of state power. It is used most frequently against Iran’s regional rivals and very seldom against the United States.

Just because you read a bunch of garbage written by people who were on the side to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and have now gravitated toward the next totalitarian ideology doesn’t make you wise. It demonstrates the appeal of totalitarian ideologies has for you. You are an archetype. You were the one screaming for blood in Paris during the Terror; the Bolshevik calling for the blood of the traitors in 1937. You sieg heiled your way through the Nuremburg rallies and went on to serve as a sonderkommando in an Einsatzgruppen on the East Front. You were a member of the Red Brigades under Mao and soldier of genocide in Cambodia. Now terrorists like Brothers Tsarnaev are you heroes. You are just a mindless member of a mob who has been told that you have special knowledge. So I will let you in on the secret -- your leaders are laughing at you because you actually believe the crap that feed you. Talk about being an idiot.

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OBAMA, BIN LADIN AND THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING

Some ultimately blame the Boston bombing on drone strikes and the collateral killing of innocent Moslems. Others on Iraq and Afghanistan and the thousands of Moslems who have died from those wars. Still others blame it on our support of Israel or Gitmo not being closed. But the recent surge of al-Qaida inspired violence can only have one ultimate cause overlooked by Brokaw and others: The US invasion of a Moslem country from an occupied Moslem country to kill a revered Moslem leader (gunning him down like a dog) in blasephemous violation of Holy Moslem Law.

If only Obama hadn't ordered the killing of isolated, impotent Osama bin Laden there wouldn't have been riotous 9/11 pro-bin Laden protests across the Moslem world, Ambassador Stevens and three aides wouldn't have been killed, the Algerian energy plant wouldn't have been seized and 37 dead, and the Tsarnaev boys wouldn't have blown up the Boston Marathon with that poor lad facing the death penalty. If only we hadn't killed bin Laden how different things would be today. Or would they?
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Isn't Canada the 51st State /sarc

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Time for a history lesson. Mohammad tried to convert people to his religion peacefully, but, when that did not work, he resorted to violence. Prior to Islam, the Middle East was the center of culture,science, engineering and such in the world. Since Islam, the Middle East has become stuck in the third century while the rest of the world progressed. If it wasn't for petrodollars, they would still be there. Something else to remember is that, with the exception of the time around the Crusades and some of the 20th century, Islam has been at war with the world - trying to obtain domination so that Islam would cover everyone along with Sharia Law. To push the idea that Islam is a peaceful religion is to deny the history of the last 1800 years. Yes, there are many peaceful muslims, but history cannot be denied. History would also tell us that Islam does not need the US or any other excuse to engage in terrorism. As such, simply by not being a muslim country is reason enough for the US to be a terrorism target.
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Yes, but Canadians are like Palestinians or something according to The Messiah Himself.
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Here's deep liberal thinking: every mall in India has a metal detector and the Taj Mahal is like a fortress. Security protocols in airports around the world are vastly different since 9/11. There is only one reason for that - Islamic terror.

A liberal is making the argument that abortion clinic bombers and Timothy McVeigh bear equal responsibility and represent some trend that is equally threatening. This is because liberals racialize the world and exaggerate or minimize threat according to race.

Liberals are idiots.
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