834 Enough is enough




My jaw dropped when Malcolm Turnbull parroted Theresa May, saying "enough is enough", and I wrote an (unpublished) letter to the newspaper:


Saying 'enough is enough'

is to misunderstand terrorism completely

Waleed Aly, SMH

 

 

"Enough is enough" ... stop, you naughty boys, stop terrorising us.


But there is one thing Aly disregards when he talks about the narrative that sustains terrorism: religious indoctrination. It is likely that Islamists' terrorism will stay with us for at least a generation; it will take that long to reform Islamic education ... and that reformation is necessary. 

 

Terrorists will be hard to either defeat or at least de-radicalise, as long as suicide bombers believe if they kill in the name of Allah, they will go to heaven ... where 72 virgins are awaiting them. Only education will bring about a change in impressionable young Muslim men (and their families). 


The new paradigm must be: There is no heaven for them, and they bring shame - not glory - to their families.





Saying 'enough is enough'

is to misunderstand terrorism completely

Waleed Aly, SMH


 

“There is something undeniably true about British Prime Minister Theresa May's declaration this week that "enough is enough". But it’s also misleading. "Enough is enough" implies a level of control. It's what you say to a misbehaving child just as you decide it's finally time to impose a punishment. It's what you say when you decide to quit the job you hate.

 

“But terrorism is nothing like that. It does not exist merely because we haven't yet decided to extinguish it. It does not end simply because we decide it's time.

 

“To see this, consider that we've been saying this kind of thing more or less since the September 11 attacks. That, you will recall, was meant to be the moment that changed the world, that ushered in a new war unlike anything we've seen. "There was before 9/11 and after 9/11", explained a former CIA director of counterterrorism. "After 9/11 the gloves come off."

 

“So we rushed off to two interminable wars. The US government opened black sites around the world and tortured people on the flimsiest evidence. And we've been taking gloves off ever since, introducing new counterterrorism legislation, steadily expanding the power of the state, and its ability to gather intelligence. Still the attacks come. Indeed, they increase.

 

“At terrorism's heart is the narrative that sustains it. That narrative is itself a complex of things: social circumstances, an array of grievances and crucially, an ideology that makes these things coherent and directs that anger towards an enemy. Islamism is currently potent because it does this so efficiently. You can't imprison that potency out of existence. You can only try to make it ring less true, so fewer and fewer people are attracted to it …”

 

















 

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