Thought for the Day: Fight the enemy here, not over there


Yesterday Vox Day responded to Teresa May’s new anti-terrorism program, in the wake of the latest Islamic terrorist attack in London. When I say responded, I mean tore it to shreds. You can read it here.

Aside from correctly pointing out that “the problem is not “the extreme Islamist ideology”, the problem is Islam”, two of Vox Day’s arguments really stuck with me:

“Third, the problem is not safe spaces online, but the safe spaces in the West. It’s very difficult to commit an attack in London or Manchester if you reside in Libya and your travel is banned. Not so tough if you reside in Bradford.

“Fourth, fighting them there instead of here hasn’t worked since 2001. It’s not going to work in 2017 either. Military action against Islam is needed in the UK, Europe, and the USA, not in Iraq and Syria.”

I have been a big supporter of Western military action against Islamic terrorists across the world. If the Obama regime had not abandoned Iraq and created the security vacuum which allowed ISIS to fester, the Middle East would currently be less of a mess.

But I have changed my mind on one of my original reasons for invading Iraq. I no longer believe that Islamic societies are capable of maintaining sustainable democracies. The US could have maintained stability in Iraq had it stayed, but it would have required a permanent occupation.

Leading on from this; to the extent that fighting terrorists over there stops them from attacking here, then yes, it is a good idea. But Islam is in the West. Islam is here. Muslims are here. If Muslims had not been allowed in the US, 9/11 would never have happened. As long as Islam is here, there will be Islamic terrorism here. Fighting Islamic terrorism over there, regardless of the skill and bravery of our armed forces, will not stop Islamic terrorism here.

Should we turn the original motto around? Is it not better to fight the enemy here, rather than over there? Better than that, if there is no Islam here, if we have strict border control and travel bans on all Muslims, then we won’t need to fight them anywhere.

No Islam means peace.


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David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.