Terrorism as a Force for Change

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror ..."

Bukhari 52.220

The British experience has shown that terrorism can be extremely effective at changing a society, for better or for worse depending on your point of view.

After the London bombings of July 2005, the British government saw to it that no serious discussion about the book and the man, which were the inspiration for the slaughter of 54 British citizens ever took place by silencing critics of the Koran and the perfect human being, the Prophet Muhammad, with threats of fines and imprisonment.

An illustrative caution from a British publisher who might have taken on Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice before the subway bombings:

With the new race and religious hate laws coming through [after the London bombings] it could be considered illegal if Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice is deemed an attack on a person’s religious belief.

The British government, in effect sought to appease would-be cold-blooded mass-murderers through a Munich-like policy of appeasement, granting them, in the face of opposition from Muslim themselves, more freedom to spread their hate-filled doctrine.

... we also recognize that a free society must have the scope to debate, to criticize, proselytise, insult and even ridicule belief and religious practices in order to ensure that there is full scope – short of violence or inciting violence or other criminal offences - to tackle these issues.

From a plea by an alliance of Muslims, Christians, humanist, secularist urging the British Parliament to reject legislation limiting the rights to criticize religious beliefs and traditions.

A tacit bargain was struck between the British government and those for whom terrorism is a legitimate mean, sanctioned by the Koran, to impose Allah’s Will on the unwilling. Put away your bombs and your guns and you will be allowed to recruit largely unopposed in our corner of the Land of War (anywhere Islam is not supreme).

Almost from one day to the next, the country that fought a world war to preserve us from fanatics simultaneously became a more tolerant and intolerant society: more tolerant of violence-prone religious zealots and less tolerant of their critics.

Will Anders Behring Breivik succeed in changing Norwegian society? Probably not!

Terrorists with a political objective, as oppose to those with a religious agenda, are few and far between. The time between political acts of terrorism is measured in years, while those of religious terrorists are almost a daily occurrence.

I doubt very much if political terrorists are lining up to follow up Breivik’s heinous act, with equally murderous acts of their own, should the Norwegian government fail to meet his demands. Therefore, there is little incentive, as there was in Britain after the bombings, to accommodate this brand of lunatic.

Bernard Payeur

More proof that terrorism works if you are willing to be brutal enough!

Related: Chamberlain's Legacy, Britain's Radical Factories