Losers

It seems like this guy keeps writing stories with the same theme, and no one else is reading them except me:

The truth about 7/7: it was meaningless
The UK government’s ‘narrative’ on the London bombings shows how empty and pointless the attacks were. So why do so many try to read meaning into them?
by Brendan O’Neill

I think everything he’s saying about the terrorists in Great Britain is spot on for the US as well.

The myth of contemporary terrorism is that it is a new and ruthless war against Western values by a network of radical Islamists; the reality is something more akin to the Columbine school massacre, where usually respectable young men either born or educated in the West decide for various different reasons, or none that we can work out, to kill themselves and scores of civilians.

For some reason, both the US Left and Right find this attitude deeply offensive. I think it’s because they need everything to be political in order to give meaning to their otherwise pointless lives, and they just can’t stand the thought that someone else who thinks his life is pointless might latch onto a stupid ideology that directs him to kill himself with no positive result in the world.

Why, if that were true, then their own silly ideologies might end up being just as useless, and they would also be losers.

As the mother of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker murdered by a radical Islamist, said: ‘What is so regrettable…is that Theo has been murdered by such a loser, such an incoherent person. Murder or manslaughter is always a terrible thing but to be killed by such a figure makes it especially hard.’

Notice, in the above quote, another indication of the hole gouged out by political ideology: Without political significance or at least some grand romantic villain, death doesn’t seem to have meaning for some people. They just have to find something in this world to validate death, if necessary by inking some suicidal loser with the spandex uniform of a comic-book supervillain.

It seems that al-Qaeda-style groups don’t need a political agenda, or to claim responsibility for their attacks; both of these things are graciously provided by commentators in the West in the aftermath of every bombing.

Supervillains, after all, need superheroes to beat them up. It would really be a shame if ordinary people were to do extraordinarily stupid and wasteful things merely because they are bored, cowardly, mentally weak, and morally deficient.

It is striking that in the rush to find someone or something to blame for the attacks – whether it be a foreign Mr Big, hapless intelligence officials, or the war in Iraq – we seem decidedly reluctant to blame the four young men who carried out the attacks. In all of the post-7/7 scenarios, the bombers are presented either as automatons or even victims who were driven to act by a religious or political conviction or by brainwashing.

What if some “terrorist” acts were perpetrated by normal people who could have used a good dose of parental discipline, common sense, and Biblical wisdom? That would just be too…too sensible, wouldn’t it? That would put a whole lot of pressure on us to actually turn off the TV, pay attention to our own children, teach them ourselves, and hold them accountable for their actions.

This is yet another proof, for me, that the “War on Terror” is phony. It is a distraction from real life. Ordinary people need it to distract them from their meaningless lives, lives without real hope in Christ. Politicians need it to justify their worldly ambitions and utopian plans. I don’t need it, however.

Isaiah 8:12-15

12″You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.

13″It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.

14″Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

15″Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught.”

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