via Henry Dampier
One of the more important ones to debunk is the notion that Islamic radicals are the people who cause problems.
The public organs often say that ‘radical clerics’ cause
‘radicalization’ or that otherwise ordinary Muslims become ‘radicalized’
after watching too many cool beheadings on Youtube and reading too many
Al Qaeda PDFs.
The responsible press people want to do this to draw a distinction
between peaceful, law-abiding Muslims and the types of people who
detonate nail bombs next to baby carriages in airports.
This is a foolish distinction to draw.
Terrorism is a disquieting demonstration of power that synergizes
well with instantaneous global communications technology. It can make
people in Chicago nervous from a small explosion thousands of miles and
an ocean away. The bomb isn’t just a bomb: it’s a media event.
It also generates results vastly disproportionate to the resources
spent on it. A cheap bomb combined with some expendable people results
in billions or even trillions of dollars of wasted expenditure on
security while also serving as an effective recruiting advertisement for
other political organizations.
For states, it also creates more demand for state services. It’s
win-win-win all around except for the people who get blown up, the
soldiers who have to fight in the wars, and to the broader society which
could have used the resources in less wasteful ways.
But back to the stupidity of the distinction between the radicalized and the normal-law-abiding-tolerant types.
The greater threat is actually posed by the large populations of
ordinary people who will change the overall character and political
nature of the West.
Terrorists are just producers of political theater. The ordinary
people are the ones you need to filter out, because not only do they
provide a comfortable community that fighters can swim in, but they
create a sustainable and growing ethnic faction that will cause greater
political and cultural instability far into the future.
One bomber kills maybe 10 or 20 people and makes for exciting
television. One mother produces somewhere between a few and a dozen new
foreigners who will change the host culture in more profound ways over a
longer period of time.
The terrorists are just dramatizing what’s going on over a longer period of time in an instant.
This is why the focus on terrorist plots as mysteries to be solved by
genius detectives, spies, and other super sleuths is quite stupid. The
plots are just plots of stories which are much less consequential than
the larger reality of population replacement.
Figuring out which cleric radicalized whom and where the guns came
from is stupid. Stopping the bombing with some last-second waterboarding
but allowing the movement of millions of foreign people into your
country is extra-stupid, as in stupider than an entire Special Olympiad
If anything, all the super-sleuthing and high-tech spying just makes
the overall situation worse because it reduces how many embarrassing
bombings there are, which adds to the sense of alarm among the general
Turning your otherwise nice country into Morocco, Iraq, Syria, or
Pakistan is the great stupidity. Not catching a bomber or two is an
understandable error. The problem is not the bomber, but the ordinary
people with ordinary views from the country that he came from who now
live in your formerly nice country.