I wonder, in the dusty back of my head, if people are finally getting the picture:
June 11, 2006
BY MARK STEYN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
Here are four news stories from the last week:
Baghdad: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi found himself on the receiving end of 500 pounds of U.S. ordnance.
London: Scotland Yard arrested a cell of East End Muslims allegedly plotting a sarin attack in Britain.
Toronto: The Mounties busted a cell of Ontario Muslims planning a bombing three times more powerful than Oklahoma City.
Mogadishu: An al-Qaida affiliate, the “Joint Islamic Courts,” took control of the Somali capital, displacing “U.S.-backed warlords.”
The world divides into those who think the above are all part of the same story and those who figure they’re strictly local items of no wider significance deriving from various regional factors:
In Baghdad and London, fury at Bush-Blair neocon-Zionist-Halliburton warmongering;
In Toronto, fury at Canadian multiculti-liberal-pantywaist warmongering – no, wait, that can’t be right. It must be frustration among certain, ah, ethno-cultural communities at insufficiently lavish levels of massive government social programs, to judge from the surreal conversation on NPR’s “Morning Edition” between Renee Montagne and the city’s mayor;
And in Mogadishu, well, that’s just one bunch of crazy Africans killing another bunch of crazy Africans – who the hell can figure that out? If Bono holds a celebrity fund-raising gala, we’ll all be glad to chip in 20 bucks.
If you choose to believe that, as Tip bin Neill might have put it, “all jihad is local,” so be it. You can listen to NPR discussions on whether Canada’s jihadist health- care programs are inadequately funded, and I’m sure you’ll be very happy. But out in the real world it seems the true globalization success story of the 1990s was the export of ideology from a relatively obscure part of the planet to the heart of every Western city.[/quote]
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