Comrades: Islamism and the Left – Quadrant
In the aftermath of an Islamist assault on civil society, mainstream news coverage and commentary invariably follow the same path. First, after the initial horror, there is a restriction on language: one may speak of Islam or of terror, but not in the same breath. Break this rule and expect to be charged with Islamophobia at best, rank and racist bigotry at worst. Next, the death toll of the incident is balanced against the many alleged depredations of the West which, of course, is said to be the cause of all terrorism in the first place . . .
To put it in a nutshell, the left’s response to terror is an aggressive denial borne of a civilisational self-hatred.