The End of “Root Causes”.
An article from a fellow contributor on PoliticalPromise. I repost here, along with my comment in the Responses section.
“It is not because the West are western that we are the cause of much evil – it is because we are in the greater position of power, and have forgotten our responsibility in this role. Admit it, terrorists usually directly blame the acts of the West. Even if you disagree that this is truly to blame, until we can defeat these arguments, we merely lend cause and proof to their rhetoric.
Breivik is a totally different case – you claim that he is not a victim of anything. I agree. But he would not. He would quite probably view the white western world as imminent victims of a Muslim invasion… This view itself is one that must be answered, and ignoring root causes will merely enable others to take a similar point.
It does not matter whether someone HAS a grievance – it merely matters that they FEEL that they have a grievance.”