This is the Conservative viewpoint in Canada about root causes.
The “root cause” argument for terrorism was popular among left-learning academics after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. Terrorism, they argued, is rooted in poverty, frustration over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and memories of empire. Western exploitation of “others” is the source of terrorism. If only western societies were more “inclusive,” if freedom and democracy, along with the cornucopia of consumer goods and technology, were extended to the whole world, nobody would want to kill and maim children and young women with shrapnel-loaded pressure-cookers.
The fact is that many, if not most, terrorist events of recent years — whether the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Madrid train bombing, the London Underground bombing in 2005, Sweden’s 2010 Christmas season bomber, for example — have been carried out by those who’ve grown up in relative prosperity, enjoyed decent educations and general societal acceptance.
The “root cause” of their turn to terrorism is not poverty or even societal disaffection. Indeed, CONS would argue the Islamists, like the Nazis and Communists, are motivated more by spiritual disease.
They see themselves are specially chosen, whether by God, the Fuhrer or History, and justify their killing as sanctioned by a higher purpose. You’re not going to deflect them from that purpose with talk of inclusion and feel-better socialization.
Liberals, on the other hand, with concern for the ‘feelings’ of bomb-makers, fretting over their sense of exclusion, seems to think we can come together to sing “We Are The World.” They do not apparently understand that modern societies have enemies, whether foreign Islamists or domestic neo-Nazis — there are close ideological ties between Islamic terrorism and Nazism, but that’s another topic — devoted to destruction of the western world in large part because they hate its progressivist notions of inclusion, toleration and multiculturalism. It is ideas like freedom, democracy and equality that the terrorists, whether Islamist or Aryan, loathe.
And what they loathe they seek to destroy, exploiting naive notions of cultural relativism and diversity that actually make it easier for them to attack.
The irony is obvious. The cosmopolitan consensus dictates embracing the moral equivalence of all cultures. To do so, however, is to effectively renounce any moral capacity to oppose the illiberal ideologies of those who hate modernity. Whether jihadis or self-proclaimed aryans, they variously promote racism, gender apartheid, religious intolerance, hatred of homosexuals, and the maintenance of an oppressive patriarchy.
Yet, Liberals seems to think that making such people feel accepted, easing their “tensions,” is the solution.
Of course, the world doesn’t work that way, and never has.
Again this is the CONS point of view in Canada that should not be looking for root causes. Just lock up and throw away the key.