Why Do They Attack Us?

Amir Taheri tells us why the terrorists attack us in this excerpt:

Moments after yesterday’s attacks my telephone was buzzing with requests for interviews with one recurring question: but what do they want? That reminded me of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film-maker, who was shot by an Islamist assassin on his way to work in Amsterdam last November. According to witnesses, Van Gogh begged for mercy and tried to reason with his assailant. “Surely we can discuss this,” he kept saying as the shots kept coming. “Let us talk it over.”

Van Gogh, who had angered Islamists with his documentary about the mistreatment of women in Islam, was reacting like BBC reporters did yesterday, assuming that the man who was killing him may have some reasonable demands which could be discussed in a calm, democratic atmosphere.

But sorry, old chaps, you are dealing with an enemy that does not want anything specific, and cannot be talked back into reason through anger management or round-table discussions. Or, rather, this enemy does want something specific: to take full control of your lives, dictate every single move you make round the clock and, if you dare resist, he will feel it his divine duty to kill you.

One thought on “Why Do They Attack Us?

  1. Unlike the American memory, which only goes back 8 years, for many Muslims, they look at Americas dealings with Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, etc…, not to mention The United Kingdoms dealings before the 1950’s and they see a constant, long series of events which have not just taken away any possible trust in America, but after decades of underhanded tactics, have spawned an outright hatred for America, and those who deal with America.You ask the right question, but you don’t care to go further than the obvious, to actually understand why they attack us.


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