I know, I know, I know!
How dare I compare 2 terrorists with each other! How horrible etc etc etc. Look, this is TDB, home of the Dirt Bag Left and everyone is an adult so if such a comparison triggers you, fuck off to the Spin-off or Stuff.co.NZ, or RNZ or any other number of woke middle class media.
That said, I promise if you like what I wrote above, you won’t like what I have to say in comparing these two terrorists.
There is of course enormous difference.
The Muslim terrorist was preventable in every sense, the white supremacist terrorist could have been prevented if the security apparatus was doing its job.
In my mind, there should no surprise whatsoever that alienated and socially isolated Muslims in host western cultures turn to extremist propaganda online and radicalize.
Firstly, there’s plenty of legitimate reason to hate the West’s occupations in the middle east and our penchant for propping up authoritarian Muslim regimes when it serves our oil and geopolitical ends.
I hate the West’s foreign policy and I’m not even Muslim!
Secondly, if we don’t make those Muslims moving here feel welcome it is easy for them to become ostracized and radicalized.
There’s also something else about the ISIS terrorists experience here in NZ that also contributed to his radicalization. It is very apparent from what has been released into the public domain that his paranoia and suspicion of the State persecuting him and wanting to do him harm was actually completely legitimate.
How much of our behavior via the state actually contributed to his radicalization? We dare not answer that question because we don’t want to know the answer to that.
Refugees are fleeing the most damaged places in the world, providing them with safe haven isn’t enough. We have an obligation when we take refugees in to not only keep them safe but to help them heal the damage they’ve suffered.
We didn’t do that with the ISIS terrorist.
Please don’t mistake what I am saying here, I’m not justifying this mans violence but you understand it more when you add in the West’s obscene foreign policy, cultural alienation and the State’s own role in radicalizing him.
The ISIS terrorist was preventable.
To my mind the white supremacist terrorist has none of these justifications to fall back on. The Christchurch White Supremacist is the terrible conclusion of what identity politics leads to, white men seeing themselves as the victim.
Add this victimhood with an insane belief system that we are being replaced and you create a fake righteousness that justifies extreme violence. In the hands of a bitter white male with privilege issues, the end result can be an abomination.
The only way you could stop the White Supremacist terrorist would be to catch him out by the intelligence apparatus before him commits the acts.
So the Muslim terrorist was foreseeable and preventable, the White Supremacist terrorist has no justification other than the seething resentment of bitter white men angry at a broadening of society and their perceived loss of cultural power.
If we had spent money upfront in helping the refugee connect we could have avoided the Lynn Mall terror attach, the only way you will catch the White Supremacist terrorist is eternal vigilance by the authorities.
There is a difference here between these two and we need to acknowledge that if we are going to prevent these happening again.
The latest stats from Prisons show our corrupt, violent and overcrowded prison system is actually generating and creating extremist terrorists, maybe we should start there?
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