i) as a response to poverty
ii) or a response to a lack of political power
iii) or as a response to Islamophobia
iv) or to people celebrating Christmas too loudly
v) or for not banning Rushdie’s novel
vi) or for not making comprehensive schools provide halal meat
vii) or for not letting female Muslims wear the burkha while swimming
viii) or for not teaching non-Muslim students any Arabic or anything about the Koran
‘Trying to find rational explanations for the irrational sects of the far left and far right is like trying to find ‘the root causes’ of Islamism or trying to explain Saddam Hussein by looking at the ‘realisms’ of Iraq foreign policy. It is more profitable to look at persecution fantasies, group loyalty, the strongman’s will to power and the feeble personality’s willingness to obey.’
On another point. Politicos, or political nerds, are bound to analyse things in strictly, or crudely, political terms. Thus to a Marxist, or SWP member, it’s all about poverty or political impotency. To a racist, it is all about the fact that most Islamists have brown or black skin. To a Green, perhaps it’s because Osama Bin Laden didn’t have a holistic relationship with Mother Earth. Instead, perhaps Islamists blow people up because they are infidels, or Jews, or colonialists, or Sunni rather than Shia, or Shia rather than Sunni. These are irrational acts. Perhaps they are carried out by people who are fundamentally irrational, at least at a political and religious level. Isn’t that at least possible? Considering the fact that millions believe in UFOs, or that Elvis is still alive, or that Clint Eastwood shot Kennedy, why can’t the Islamist belief that the Jews run the world also be utterly irrational? Why can’t their terrorist outrages also be, purely and simply, irrational?
Of course the Islamist, or SWP Trot-machine, will now respond: Irrational to you, may be, but not irrational to them. But that's another issue, as well as a neat sidestepping of the issue.