Saturday, November 13, 2004

Root Causes

The murder of Theo van Gogh should be the final nail in the terrorism and "root causes" argument.

Micahael Leeden -
We have seen this sort before; Mohammed B. [van Gogh's killer] is the Dutch-Moroccan version of the British-Pakistani killer of Daniel Pearl. Both came from good families that had to all appearances successfully assimilated into Western society. Both were well educated and upwardly mobile. Both had money and opportunity. Neither suffered unusual discrimination. Both lived in politically correct, meticulously tolerant societies that permitted no intrusion on their private lives. There was no apparent reason, either psychological or sociological, why either should have become a killer. Yet each freely chose — freely chose — to become a terrorist.
These people have different, non-liberal in the extreme, values. They are not the poor oppressed who need to be understood.


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