Terrorists hate our interference, not our way of life
Following the train bombings in Madrid, Labour politicians have been
telling us that "terrorists hate democracy and our way of life".
However, the evidence I find to support this view relates only to a particularly
bad habit of certain Western nations.
Our bad habit manifests itself in laying to waste another sovereign
country's essential infrastructure and seizing its key resources, followed
by the arrival of banks, businesses, speculators, soft drinks, cigarettes,
fast food chains, illegal drugs and bland satellite TV. At its most shameful
(US support of the Contras in Nicaragua), the habit works to undermine
democratically elected governments on the basis that they refuse to buy
into the Western democratic vision of private ownership and profit motive.
Leaders of western democracies won't accept that the hateful cancer
which struck in Madrid last week may be the result of their own bad behaviour.
In reality, what the terrorists seem to want most of all is for that bad
behaviour to change.
Like heavy smokers, leaders of Western democracies seem unable to connect
the cancer with the decades of self-indulgence and abuse which brought
it on. We urgently need to establish the aspects of our behaviour which
make terrorists want to kill us. I question whether it has anything to
do with our preference for shopping at Marks and Spencer, working a 40
hour week and voting every four years. Our foreign policy might be a good
place to start.