Apologist: Terrorism is not a one-way street pointing East

Tune into just about any news broadcast in Canada or the United States today, and one hears the constant echo of Samuel Huntington’s thesis on the clash of civilizations, namely that East and West — or more specifically Islam and the West’s Judeo-Christian values — are incompatible.

In the wake of IS beheadings and the radicalization of Westerners, the media have become saturated with the rhetoric of “stealth jihad,” “Muslim extremists,” and “Islamic insurgents,” caricatures that have convinced some people Islam must be kept in check. It is also why Western politicians continue to ask what should be done about the “Muslim question,” particularly in terms of global security.

The scope of such an inquiry, however, is often limited, mainly because Western leaders avoid any discussion concerning the destabilizing effects of their own policies on Muslim nations. Take, for instance, the 2003 Iraq War, a debacle led by former U.S. president George W. Bush, supported by former British prime minister Tony Blair and championed by Stephen Harper, then Conservative Opposition leader. What is undeniable is trumped-up evidence of weapons of mass destruction, a scheme concocted by American neo-conservatives, set in motion an illegal war that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis…

Stuart Chambers is a professor in the faculties of arts and social sciences at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches a course in media ethics.


No doubt the Iraq 2003 war was destabilizing. On the other hand, that was scarcely the first time the US has intervened abroad. Where are Vietnamese terrorists, still furious over the Vietnam War? The US also interfered in Central and South America. But, for some strange reason, they are not sending terrorists our way.

Do I see a pattern?

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  • Martin B

    So the Battle of Tours & the Battle of Vienna were really all about the destabilizing effects of Western foreign policy on poor Muslim nations. OK.

    If it wasn’t for Charles Martel & Jan III Sobieski, there would be no Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at any Western university for clowns like this to teach in.

  • Xavier

    If Islamic terrorism was not the central problem of the world today this website and countless others would not exist. Q.E.D.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      We’d all be exchanging our cat videos instead..

    • Frau Katze

      Very true. I was happily spending my spare time studying Ancient Greek and was rudely interrupted by 9/11. I decided I had to learn more about what had caused it, and here I am, 13 years later, having now progressed to blogging about it.

      (Plus a massive of reading).

      I would have preferred to stay with the Ancient Greek, but circumstances simply didn’t allow it.

  • canminuteman

    There were “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. (I really hate that term. It is old Soviet military terminology used to describe nuclear, biological and chemical weapons).
    We know they had them because they had a record of using them during the Iran/Iraq war, and against their own people. I don’t think we (the west) directly supplied any but we did provide them with the technology to make their won. That is how we know they had them.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Naw…to me, it’s simple. It’s culture that was created by an asshole, it glorifies killing and is maintained by mass ignorance. I say we skip the Prof’s class, and go for some beers and strippers instead…

  • Gary

    That verse is out of context. It was mean for the comedy clubs in Mekkah to slay the crowd with the best jokes .

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, I hear that comedians are really popular in Mecca!