Jihadism and the death cult

“The prevailing orthodoxy considers the recent terrorist phenomenon a product of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘violent extremism’. Since 7/7, we have witnessed a familiar pattern. ‘Fast moving investigations’ require threat levels dialed up to ‘critical’ before being dialed back to ‘severe’ – the post 2015 European default level. Slogans claiming we are ‘united by love’ or ‘ staying strong together’ appear at public gatherings. Interfaith leaders gather to declare that the violent act has nothing to do with religion. Crowds gather to show ‘we are not afraid’, but the love looks a little contrived, presided over as it is by troops and armed police patrolling urban streets and landmarks.”