Well-known Journalist Gwynne Dyer’s book Don’t Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today’s Middle East, published by Penguin-Random House Canada, rests on the premise that ISIS poses no major threat to the Western world. I recently participated in a panel discussion on the book hosted by the Toronto Reference Library and disagreed with the book’s premise based on the following arguments.
First, I challenge the notion that there is a formal radicalization process. I disagree with the view that fundamentalist Muslims begin by being pacifist, and subsequently undergo a “radicalization process” when they start to embrace the notion of armed jihad. Jihad as a doctrine is widely accepted by orthodox Muslims as an essential element of the Muslim faith. Anyone who shuns jihad has in fact rejected Islam according to orthodoxy. Therefore militant ideologies already constitute a narrative that is commonly embraced. This does not mean every Muslim in Canada is orthodox. But with the wide acceptance of the doctrine comes the risk of impressionable youth simply executing what they already believe.
I agree, the current fad of blaming Muslim radicalization on the “internet” is a crock.
In fact I believe its promotion a deliberate ruse to deflect culpability away from where it rightly belongs.
No one is radicalized in a vacuum.
Islam is a toxic cocktail of violence and victimhood mixed with supremacist doctrine that is fundamental to the cult’s survival.
Jihad is the means by which devout Muslims express their faith and advance this supremacist agenda.
Islam itself, the Muslim community and useful idiot multiculturalist apologists create a Petri dish ideal for radicalization.