ISIS and the Far Right: a Joint Assault on Multicultural Countries
Date Written: 23/12/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20203
ISIS's assaults on multicultural countries is to provoke the non-Muslim people of those countries to reject their millions of Muslim fellow-citizens.
There is something infinitely naive in our pursuit of the identity of those behind the massacres which Isis is committing in Europe. Yes, we need to know the names. Sure, we need to know what their wives or parents thought. Did they know? How did the perpetrator of Monday's Berlin truck killings communicate with Isis? Or did he merely imbibe their political instruction manual? After the Bataclan mass murders and the lorry slaughter in Nice, we asked the same questions.
But we didn't bother to ask what Isis was trying to do. Was it a tactic of 'terror' - 'terror' being the pejorative word that enables us to avoid all rational thought in the aftermath of any bloodbath - or a strategy, a thought-through political attempt to produce a profound crisis in the societies of western Europe?
And the simple answer is that it was a strategy.