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Is there a solution to Daesh and its massacres?


Richard Seymour in Salvage asks the question ‘What is your solution, then? Or, to put it another way, what if there is no solution to the Daesh massacres?’

Part of his answer is here.

‘How many times does this type of event have to happen before the familiar pattern — of testerical clucking and frantic, hopelessly inadequate piss-streams of punditry, followed by the augmentation of racist security apparatuses and briefly renewed martial vigour — is broken? How long before self-pitying drivel about European ‘values’ and the narcissistic solidarity with ‘people like us’ that comes in its wake is broken? How many times must we experience the familiar libidinised exhalations about the moral degeneracy of the Left — Corbyn doesn’t even have the decency to be angry about the massacres, we hear — and the flaky, pitiably obvious ‘transgressions’ of courtiers paying lip service to ‘Europe’, much as a dead pig services Cameron’s addendum, before we stop to think that all of this might just be implicated in the phenomenon it is supposedly incited in opposition to?’

Part of his conclusion is that ‘the unwelcome thought begins to insinuate itself — we are going to live in a world with Daesh and its massacres no matter what we do.’

To read the whole article click here. Living with Daesh



Comment from Kay
Time March 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I guess you have read this article?

I think it is an excellent article – written by a Muslim.

As I understand it (from comments by a well-known Muslim academic on ABC TV) the source of terrorism within Islam is Wahhabism (or Salafism). As he said, certainly not all Wahhabis are terrorists, but, on the other hand, all known terrorists are Wahhabis. He said that only in Russia was this clear distinction being made – to the relief of non-Wahhabi Muslims.