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Bad Terrorist, Good Terrorist And The Plague

Reader comment on item: How Terrorism Obstructs Radical Islam

Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Aug 23, 2005 at 19:57

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"Terrorism impedes these advances, stimulating hostility to Islam and Muslims. ... The July 7 bombings dramatically (if temporarily) disrupted the progress of "Londonistan," Britain's decline into multicultural lassitude and counterterrorist ineptitude."

I initially thought that Bin Laden had made a fatal miscalculation in attacking before the infiltra(i)tors had become more entrenched. But, since then, I have realized that I was wrong.

The violence keeps people's attention vocused ON the very topic they want foremost in our minds. Because of the terrorists, the practitioners of Al-Taqya (fifth-column activities) can then much more effectively play on the sympathies of their victims, offer "solutions," spread propaganda and work against effective action.

Terror confuses, and causes irrational thought and action. The propagandists take advantage of a state of hightend awareness and vulnerability. Looking for answers, the victims are set to work against each other when they should be united against a common enemy.

Case in point?
http://moonbatcentral.com/wordpress/?p=930
"Pro-Terror Moslem Extremist Given Key Anti-Terror Job in the UK," in the wake of the 7-7 bombings.

I can't believe these ... guys... could penetrate our defenses this well without their violent bretheren. And, because of the emergency situation, the enemy who can get past security has access to, and the ability to influence, the very instruments directed against them. And don't forget the advanced warnings they could also provide, and knowledge of enemy tactics, strategy and defenses.

So, no, I think the violence is essential, and plays an integral and highly effective role in enhancing the effectiveness of covert agents. It seems a bit like the need to break the skin in order for a pathogen to enter the body. What was harmless on the outside now becomes a real threat to life, if it can elude the immune system. And, once the disease process has begun, it is ever so much harder to stop.
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Daniel Pipes replies:

You make an excellent point about the appointment of Inayat Bunglawala (on which, see my blog at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/298).

More broadly, as Diana West writes to me, "terrorism helps non-violent Islamization as a point of contrast. 'Good' Muslims--'good' being ones who don't throw bombs - get knighthoods simply for being 'good.' Without their violent counterparts, they wouldn't look so 'good'."

DP

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