The latest Muslim terrorist massacre has been particularly savage. A Tunisian with French citizenship Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel deliberately drove a heavy articulated lorry along a crowded road full of people for more than a mile deliberately killing 84 people including ten children and injuring dozens more. The injuries to many of the dead were so severe that they could not be identified because their faces had been crushed as they went under the wheels of the lorry. The terrorist organisation ISIS has claimed that the attack was in response to their urging of Muslims in the West to attack non-Muslims with any means they could find including motor vehicles.
What can be done to stop such outrages? The brutal truth is that while large numbers of Muslims are in the West nothing much can be done to stop this form of subcontracted terrorism which is of a very different nature from what might be called conventional terrorism. In a conventional terrorist war in a society with a substantial minority (or even an oppressed majority ) from which terrorists are drawn support for terrorism is pyramidal. The troubles in Northern Ireland are a first rate example of such a war. At the top are the planners and executive players. Below them are the bomb makers and armourers. Alongside them are the active terrorists carrying out bombings, shootings etc. Below them come those willing to provide safe houses for people and weapons. Below them come those who can be relied on to demonstrate with a degree of violence at the drop of a hat. Below them come the mass of the minority many of whom say “I don’t approve of their methods but I agree with their ends”. Members of this slyly complicit majority of the minority are also most unlikely to give information to the police about terrorist activity, not least because they will fear violent repercussions. Their passivity and ambivalence provides in Mao’s words “The sea in which the terrorists swim”.
All this interlinking activity provides plenty of opportunity for the security services dealing with such an insurgency to gather intelligence which thwarts planned terrorist acts. Often the intelligence comes into their hands because of the inability of terrorists to keep their plans to themselves, either because they allow themselves to be infiltrated by agents of the state or simply out of vanity. ( Ask any police detective about identifying criminals and they will tell you a large proportion of criminal convictions come from the inability of criminals to resist the temptation to boast about what they are up to). The need to source weapons and munitions is another weakness because that brings in people from outside the terrorist organisation and the number of arms suppliers will be limited and more likely to be identified by security services.
Muslim terrorism in the West is something different. To begin with its practitioners are only too willing to commit suicide. This is rare behaviour amongst conventional terrorists. Members of the Provisional IRA had no such appetite. It is also a very effective form of terrorism and long recognised as such. George IIII said that anyone who was willing to lose their life in an attempt on his life would probably succeed because it was simply impossible to guard against such a determined assassin who would only have to get close enough to stab or shoot him. The suicide attacker also deprives the attacked of any chance of punishing him or her, a substantial psychological benefit.
It is true that some of the circumstances of the conventional terrorist war exists in the war that is now being waged by Islam against the West (Islam is waging war over the globe but I shall not deal with that here, although the same basic problem exists everywhere ). The providing of the “sea in which the terrorists swim”, the at best ambivalent attitude of many Muslims in the West towards Western society and the sense of victimhood which readily excuses any action they take against Western societies are all active, but because of its diffuse and laissez faire nature most of the elements of conventional terrorist war is missing. There may be some outside direction and assistance from the likes of ISIS and Al Qaeda but plainly it is possible, as the latest atrocity shows, to cause mayhem if the terrorist is simply an individual who uses as his weapon a motor vehicle. Moreover, even if a would-be terrorist wants to use a bomb or a gun it is not that difficult to find instructions on the Internet to make the first and in many parts of the West getting a gun and plenty of ammunition is not difficult. As to getting training in using weapons, if we believe the media reports and security warnings, there are thousands of radicalised Muslims who have come back to the West after receiving such training and battle experience from places such as Syria, Afghanistan and Libya. Lone wolf terrorists or terrorists working in small groups have a wide range of terrorist acts they can choose from and it is unrealistic to expect Western security forces to make much of a dent in the number of attacks by such people.
But even where a plot is more substantial and/or may include foreign direction and consequently leave more possible openings for the security forces to come across the plotters, things are not simple. Political correctness puts up barriers to rigorous investigations. The ready formation of immigrant ghettos make infiltration difficult not least because wannabe terrorists are often of an ethnicity alien to the country in which they are living. This means that if their group is to be infiltrated it can only be by someone sharing their ethnicity and speaking their language. There is not a huge number of such people willing to spy on their own community and even if such people are recruited there is a strong likelihood that a significant number will have joined to get information about the security services, that is, to act as a mole for terrorists.
The last difficulty is the sheer numbers of potential terrorists. To take the UK as an example, there are an estimated 3 million Muslims here. If one in a thousand was a serious terrorist that would be 3,000 serious terrorists; if one in a hundred there would be 30,000. But whatever the numbers of really serious terrorists to do their work meaningfully the security services would have to investigate many more Muslims, perhaps hundreds of thousands, because polls and research often show, for example, alarming numbers of Muslims in the West supporting suicide bombings. These are numbers which are utterly beyond Britain’s security resources (or those of any other country) to identify and monitor.
Why were these very obvious fifth columns allowed to settle in the West? Because of an irrational belief in the potency of human rationality at best and a treasonous hatred of their own societies at worst of the internationalist elites which have dominated in the West during the last 50 years. These elites imagine that human beings are interchangeable and that claims of culture and race count for nothing, that human beings can simply be “educated” into accepting mulgticulturalism. Some actively hated their own societies and wilfully encouraged mass immigration to ensure that their societies were in their words “enriched” by becoming less homogeneous.
The madness is going on with huge numbers of Muslims still being allowed into the West because Western elites cannot break themselves of their addiction to the internationalist fantasy or are terrified of what will happen now such large numbers of Muslims are in the West. In any sane society the permitting of the mass immigration of those who are antagonistic towards the values of the country which is receiving them would be seen for what it is, treason. Sooner or later that is what it will be called.