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The third terror attack in Britain in as many months.
In London there are 7 civilians dead, at least 48 wounded. It was only a few weeks ago we had Manchester with over 22 dead and many more hurt.
I haven't made any real posts in the last few months about terrorism, partly because I lost interest in commenting on something I'd be parroting the same points over. Yet, I'm here, making this post anyway. Of all things to choose to talk about, Ive decided to talk about "why." It's a good question too, I mean, why? Why do people have to die? What is there a culture war? Why isn't assimilation working? Why can't Middle Easterners understand the benefits of egalitarianism?
To grasp this concept, I'm gonna have to place you in the shoes of the perpetrators themselves. That means you'll need to abandon the platitudes and rhetoric of "evil ideology" for a few minutes.
What one man sees as barbaric, another sees as custom. What one man sees as blasphemy, another sees as open mindedness.
In the west, hedonism is the cultural norm. Ways are sought to make life easier and more pleasurable for the average citizen. Struggle is frowned upon, self sacrifice admired but not actually practiced. Giving ones life for their beliefs, viewed as little more than a pastime of the foolhardy.
In the mideast, piousness is the cultural norm. Ways are sought to pay homage to Allah. Simple life pleasures are denied to the average citizen for the sake of their faith. It is viewed as a mark of honor and respect to do so and defended as if it were as precious to them as life itself.
With these differences in mind, now try mixing these two cultures together in the "ideal" secular world of money, excess, and pleasure. You now have two totally different mindsets in breathing distance of one another.
In addition, there is a key point about Islam that's rarely brought up in western media. It isn't just a faith for the average Muslim, it's their government and culture.