The real darkness at the heart of Islamist terror

* Here on Winds of Jihad we have always maintained that education about Islam and the the global jihad is the key to save western civilization and culture from barbarism.  It is good to see that more and more ‘infidels’ seem to wake up and smell the coffee. Michel Gove from the Times online is almost there. However, the term ‘Islamism’ is misleading.

Its about the global jihad and Islam pure, as it is in the scriptures. That’s why the ‘moderates’ have no leg to stand on. And that is the reason why the ‘militants’- those that take the scriptures seriously, are winning.

By Michaael Gove/with thanks to eloisdiablo


Michael Gove is Conservative MP for Surrey Heath. He worked on The Times from 1995-2005. He makes regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and The Late Review on BBC2

Listen to any Radio 4 discussion on what motivates terrorists, and the same consensus is usually reached – it’s foreign policy, stupid. Bush and Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan, the West’s misguided interventions in the Muslim world, that’s what inflames young hearts with righteous anger, an anger which our leaders have allowed to become a killing rage.

Pay attention to the conversation of intellectuals, commentators and many self-proclaimed community leaders and the same message is amplified and elaborated. William Dalrymple warns us that ill-considered interventions provoke those who have hitherto been pious and peace-loving into taking up arms. John Humphrys tells the Prime Minister, as though it were an established fact, that the 7/7 bombings took place “because of Iraq”. The Muslim Council of Britain greeted news of the plot to bomb British tourists out of the sky last summer with an open letter to the Prime Minister asking him to “change our foreign policy”.

The degree of consensus is impressive. What a pity it’s not supported by the facts.

The reporting of the Operation Crevice trial has revealed much more than just the failings of the intelligence and security services. It has also reminded those with eyes to see of the real darkness at the heart of Islamist terror. Were the targets they chose symbols of Western foreign policy adventurism? Or was there another reason for their choosing to fantasize about mass murder in a shopping mall and a nightclub? Why did they choose to single out not our foreign ministry but the Ministry of Sound? And why, when they were enjoying the thought of murder on the dancefloor, did one of their number say, “No one can turn around and say, ‘Oh, they were innocent’, those slags dancing around. Do you understand what I mean?”

Unfortunately, all too many do not understand what Jawab Akbar did mean. Because so many of those who choose to comment on terrorism, its roots, motivations and methods, fail to understand the ideology that drives and justifies these actions. I have explored that ideology, Islamism, in a book, Celsius 7/7, which has just been republished.

* Here is where the writer gets it wrong: Its not ‘Islamism’- its about the global jihad. The rest of the article is pretty spot on.

And in the course of my exploration it became clear that the ideological motivation for the terrorist threat we face is an austere and pitiless twisting of Islam that offers young men redemption through violence, and the opportunity to exalt themselves by purging the world of the impure.

* Wrong again. The jihadis follow the scriptures. They are the good Muslims. That austerity and pitlessness is the pure Islam.

Just as the ardent young followers of Hitler in 1930s Germany were offered membership of an elite, a sense of special self-belief and a tempting opportunity to give vent to their resentments and frustrations through violence against those who were “impure” in racial terms, so today’s Islamist extremists are offered the same bewitching path, with the focus of violence being those who are “impure” in ideological and cultural terms. The impure, the targets for slaughter, we now know, are not just “apostates” who mock Islam, such as Salman Rushdie or the Danish cartoonists, nor are they even the architects of foreign policy adventures – the Bushes and Blairs, Reids and Rumsfelds, they are the clubbers and shoppers of modern Britain – in the eyes of the Islamist killers we are all slags, none of us innocent. That is the ugly, and troubling, truth which there should be no dancing around.

And yet, and yet. Few of those who rush to provide explanations for why these young men act as they do have troubled to study the thoughts and writings of their guides and mentors. The works of the founding fathers of Islamism, such as the Egyptian activist Sayyid Qutb, lay bare an antipathy towards the West, its culture, its freedom, its sexual liberties and the very idea of equality between the sexes. For Qutb and other Islamist thinkers the ideal goal is a world in which every action is governed by submission to an impersonal and unforgiving god. As his fellow Islamist ideologue Abul Ala Mawdudi argued, the goal is “a state [where] no one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private. The Islamic state bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states”.

And because those who follow Islamism are in thrall to a totalitarian world-view, like Fascism and Communism, the actions of others are always viewed through the skewed perspective of a narrow faith. And so whatever we do, unless it’s in conformity with their extremist vision, is provocative. If we support the right of women to choose what they wear, we are not respected for our tolerance towards all, we are damned for allowing licentiousness. And when it comes to foreign policy, when we choose not to intervene, when we decide that we shan’t get involved, whether in Bosnia, Chechnya or Kashmir, we are not respected for our modesty and restraint on the world stage. We are damned again, for not acting in accordance with Islamist ambitions.

Against this challenge there really is only one appropriate response – a determination to do what we know to be right in defiance of the demands of men and women who exalt in slaughter. If we changed our society to make ourselves less offensive to the extremists that would not be prudent politics. It would be submission.

3 thoughts on “The real darkness at the heart of Islamist terror”

  1. “Why did they choose to single out not our foreign ministry but the Ministry of Sound?”

    At least part of the reason was that it was easy for them to get a job in the Ministry of Sound (bar, etc), and also to bring the explosives in. They provide material to support a case for restricting Muslims from being employed in places of public entertainment, shopping centres, public transport, and other places where large numbers of people gather.


    Mr Khyam replies: “If you get a job in a bar, yeah, or a club, say the Ministry of Sound, what are you planning to do there then?”, the court heard.

    Mr Akbar: “Blow the whole thing up.” Mr Khyam: “That’s what I’m saying.”

    Mr Akbar: “I think the club thing you could do, but the gas would be much harder. There’s people who even get in with their searching stuff but it’s only bouncers that search you.”

    Mr Khyam: “The explosion in the clubs, yeah, that’s fine bro, that’s not a problem. The training for that is available. To get them into the Ministry of Sound really isn’t difficult.”

  2. Now find a way to get this article into all of the major world newspapers. With the necessary correction, of course.

  3. I have explored that ideology, Islamism, in a book, Celsius 7/7, which has just been republished.

    * Here is where the writer gets it wrong: Its not ‘Islamism’- its about the global jihad. The rest of the article is pretty spot on

    It is overall a good article, & apologies if I go off on tangents in here at times. I try to connect the dots, but sometimes it looks like “Knowledge Nation” by the time I finish. 🙂

    Michael Gove’s site is
    In his speech on Integration and Cohesion he sounds much like Bush, Blair, Howard etc – “Islamism is distinct from Islam. Islam is a great faith that has nourished millions for hundreds of years.” In essence, I think he sees a danger in “Islamism” / extremism, but not in Islam … but at least he does see danger, and can articulate it in Parliament. I would like him to question why the UK & Western nations are devoting so much time & resources to “fighting extremism”, and linking the “fight” against “extremism” with “Islamophobia”.

    If there is a rash of burglaries in an area, I expect the police to catch the burglars; not obsess over “burglarophobia”. MI5, however, appears to link
    international terrorism with “Islamophobia” …

    “PET – Muslim Forums against Extremism and Islamophobia

    The creation of six regional forums led by key individuals to bring together members of local Muslim communities, law enforcement and public service agencies to discuss how to tackle extremism and Islamophobia in their area.”

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