….I am NOT in support of any kind of political or religious terrorists. I fear and loathe them like everyone else. Who doesn’t fear the zealot and the fanatic? Or the really, really, truly, stupid?
The difference is that I do not see them in every shadow, every nook and every cranny of every day life. They are NOT everywhere. It was NOT a terrorist who recently went berserk at the parliament buildings. Or in New Brunswick. Or even at any of the myriad ‘nut-shoots-co-workers-wife-and-self’ scenes that we seem to read about every day. Those people are just plain nuts and it sometimes turns out violently for them and those around them. But they are motivated by something other than religion or politics.
I suppose there are a few real crazies who also latch on to something, like religion or misogyny or political fervor but nuttiness came first. Nuttiness came second and third, too.
In Sidney, Australia, the black ISIL flag was likely more of a symbol, not a cause.
Concept: There is a difference between a causal relationship and a co-relationship. Stealing shopping carts is not the cause of homelessness. One causes something to happen and the other is just along for the ride.
The cause of such horrible scenes as Ottawa, Sidney and Boston (just to name a few) 99.99999% of the time is isolation, marginalization, rejection and your basic brain chemical imbalances. The flag or the name of Allah is just along for the ride. Put another way: if a murderer has ‘Mom’ or ‘Harley Davidson’ tattooed on his arm, was his mom or his motorcycle the motivating cause for the murder?
The actual ISIL members are a different kettle of stinky, rotten fish. I admit that. They are clearly motivated by something quite primal – probably the aforementioned fanatical interpretation of right and wrong generated by their society combined with ambition, brainwashing, misogyny, testosterone, money and politics as well as a healthy dollop of overall nuttiness but the poor, dirty, lonely dickhead living at a Toronto shelter and mumbling to himself is in a different league of madness altogether.
And some of those sad, crazy people live in Sidney, Australia.
Let us not confuse the two. More importantly: let not our government and media purposefully and manipulatively confuse us!