What drives a person, all too often a young Muslim male, to kill innocents in their midst? And what does this mean for our efforts to combat these kinds of terror threats?
So asks Tom Switzer, the host of Between the Lines, in an interview of Dalrymple on Australia’s ABC Radio. The interview addresses Dalrymple’s recent Wall Street Journal piece on the subject.
Dalrymple says the motivating factor is partially just a stupid ideology:
Of course, evil and stupidity have always appealed to quite large numbers of people. And the mere fact that something is self-evidently stupid doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t spread or doesn’t spread… It has to be constantly attacked, because if you don’t attack it, you half accept it, and unfortunately many of our leaders are halfway to accepting it.
The Salafist and Whabbist role in all this needs to be addressed so too the background murmur of assent to such crimes given by a significant number of Muslims in this country. Religions which demand blind faith and unquestioning obedience will lead to evil acts as Mr Dawkins often reminds us