Imitating a Broken Record
(4th August 2016)
Since I last bothered to write something about terrorism on 12th June following the deaths of fifty gay men in Orlando, there have been a number of new atrocities. One of these was in Nice, one in the Alps, two in Munich, one in Reutlingen, one in Ansbach, and on the same day one in Rouen and one in Berlin. And then there was London, in the small hours of the morning of 4th August. These attacks are obviously sickening to any person of sound mind, and yet it is very easy to get bored – for want of a better word – of responding to them.
Even so, I am still of the opinion, which I express to my friends following every such incident when asked for comment, that these attacks are caused by bad politics and that we should not be scared, as libertarians, anarchists, nationalists, and conservatives, of ‘politicising’ them. The correct response is to properly mourn the loss of innocent Europeans, and then to have a proper think about how to avoid a repeat of the incident. What has actually happened every time is that we have seen countless people tweet their sadness or add a temporary overlay to the Facebook profile picture, and then wilfully forget about it. Furthermore, the words of the Prime Minister of France, that we should “learn to live with terrorism”, are entirely inappropriate since it is the duty of the State to protect its citizens. As I said, bad politics caused these attacks; good politics can prevent them.
For the sake of clarity, let me also say that I am aware that not every one of these attacks has been linked conclusively to the group calling itself ‘Islamic State.’ However, even those attacks could have been prevented or their risk of happening seriously reduced.
Let me now give my best imitation of a broken record.
The latest wave of atrocities have roughly the same causes as the Orlando Atrocity, the Brussels Atrocity, and the Paris Atrocity, and I elaborated on these causes in two essays written at the time, Paris: A Few Political Points to Make (14th November 2015) and Brussels: Déjà vu (22nd March 2016). I will now attempt to summarise the main causes on which I touch in the aforementioned essays:
First, the US and its satellites have been both indirectly funding and arming ISIS and also conducting airstrikes in Syria which I do not for a moment believe have done any serious damage to ISIS. Indeed, in Autumn 2013, the purpose of British intervention in the Syrian Civil War was to be to remove President Assad by supporting the “rebels”, from whom ISIS have grown. Further to this, when Russia began bombing ISIS, the US was quick to denounce her. Western intervention in the Middle East has fuelled the rise of Islamist scumbags. The destruction of Libya in 2011 has made this country in particular a training ground for Islamist mercenaries. Furthermore, the reason for the exponential growth of late in the number of such mercenaries is that it is no longer just the United States and Saudi Arabia training and funding them, but countless countries, with predictable consequences. In addition to this, it now appears to be the main military strategy of the United States, as opposed to just one of many strategies under Bush. When asked the difference between Bush and Obama, President Assad replied, “The former sent troops; this one sends mercenaries.” Of course, Wahhabist, i.e. crazy, mercenaries are not as easy to control as American soldiers.
Second, France, Belgium, the United States, Germany, Britain, and other western nations, do not have sensible immigration policies. The kind of immigration policy that allows someone entry into your country who is capable of killing fifty homosexuals in a nightclub, or cutting the throat of a priest inside his Church, is perhaps overdue a tightening. Or are we going to carry on with the tired mantra “Oh, but [insert country here] is a nation of immigrants!”? An Open Border is not a requirement of libertarian theory (see the work of Hans-Hermann Hoppe on this thorny question for more detail). For those who do believe in Open Borders on principle, surely it is a luxury ill-suited to a 2016 when the United States and its allies are not exactly popular with the citizens of Iraq, Syria, Libya, ad infinitum.
Third, not only has the West been invading the world and then inviting the world, but it has been disarming its citizens. This has progressed further in Europe than in the United States, but the US is catching us up. As citizens become progressively disarmed, they will become progressively defenceless against lunatic Islamist mercenaries who have just returned from their little holiday in Syria or from “home-grown” Islamists who have seen their homeland bombed out of existence on Russia Today or Al-Jazeera.
I will therefore repeat my policy recommendations as I have made them countless ties to the French, Belgian, American, British, and other Governments:
- Get the hell out of the Middle East.
- Shut the borders.
- Arm your citizens, or just stop disarming them.
This is, in my view, a rather minimalist manifesto. If the Governments of the West were to follow this manifesto, I suspect we would see fewer such atrocities as we have seen in Normandy and Berlin and today in London. Yet, I have had a very good record at predicting whether governments will follow these plans in the past; I predicted that France and Belgium would instead do nothing and I was right. I predicted that the Obama administration would do the same. Mrs Merkell will do nothing. Mr Hollande will do nothing. Our own Prime Minister, Mrs May, will use this latest attack in London as a further excuse for her police state ambitions. Leaders of nearby nations, with the exception perhaps of Viktor Orbán, will also do nothing worth doing.
The terrorism will continue and the bodies will pile up, just as they have done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and goodness knows where else. Oh, but there can’t be any connection here at all, can there? After all, as everyone is telling us, the problem is Islam. Yes, the Islamic World hates us for our freedom, and our own States are entirely blameless. If you believe this lie, then I am truly sorry that the government has been closing all those asylums. No, as Adam Curtis argues in his excellent documentary ‘Bitter Lake’, the more our own politicians feed us the lie that the world is full of ‘good’ people and ‘evil’ people, the more dangerous a force the West becomes.