This regurgitated garbage that Islamists would be peace-loving gardeners if only the West would stop its imperialist ambitions not only defies ordinary explanation and common sense, but it is the height of Western conceit that we can constantly explain what really motivates them to do the things they do, rather than merely believing the reasons they are more than happy to tell us.
It has become tired. The Islamic culture of conquest and dominance predates the US. It was sharply curtailed with the fall of the Ottoman Empire. What has changed? Only one thing - Islamic societies never went through an Enlightenment, and their inability to keep pace with the modern science of war via their own culture’s produce forces them to turn to international roguery to pursue their ambitions - terror, trafficking in weaponry, and using what commodities they do control as leverage.
Use common sense - Islamic societies simply can’t make the kinds of weapons they need to re-establish the caliphate. There is no Muslim equivalent to Lockheed, no Islamic universities producing engineers to create a 20th century war machine. So terror is the tactic of choice.
But the ideology hasn’t changed.
The idea that if only the West would stop its imperialism, the Islamists would have no grievance and therefore would not attack the West is shoddy and oversimplified cause-and-effect - if this were true, where are the dividends from protecting Muslims in the Balkans and the millions of dollars in aid to Muslim countries?
Fact is, Islamists are going to do what they want, regardless of our actions, for they are motivated by an independent ideology that only cares about its self-righteous zealotry.
And one other thing - the almost unbearable irony is that Islamists believe in and practice the purest form of imperialism. They want dominance, they want territory. They want non-Muslims to submit to their rule. Tragically, the group of people in the world that are the most unapologetic endorsers of imperialism are the ones that are painted as helpless victims of that ideology - imperialism - that they openly support and approve of. Wow. Moronic.
Islamists aren’t anti-imperialists trying to throw off an aggressor in the name of liberation - they want a harsher form of domination. They want Taliban-type governments. They actively seek tyranny. But they are somehow victims of imperialism?
To continue to try and characterize them as poor victims of Western imperialism is a sad joke.