The intractable, insidious conflict between Islamism and the West

When al Qaeda struck at the United States in 2001, its targets were hard symbols of American power and decision-making: the Pentagon, the Capitol, and the financial capital. When ISIS struck Paris on Friday, its targets were soft symbols of Western lifestyle: sport, restaurants, a secular concert. People eating, drinking, and laughing at night for their own pleasure.

ISIS knows our thinking. It knows how to make us afraid.

  • ismiselemeas

    OK, I buy the premise but can the author explain why uber violent Islamic extremism exists in non western countries or countries with no colonial history in the middle east? For example; the Phillipines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Sierra Leone amongst many, many others.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This author is a loser. If Muslims feel alienated in our society, then they don’t belong here. Is that too hard for this clown to understand?

  • Barrington Minge

    I do not “fear” so called ISIS. Sure , I am afraid of what they are doing in the name of a so called religion, in the same way that I am afraid of our leaders spineless inactivity in the face of an obvious threat.