After the horror of the Paris shootings, social media gave me some idea of people’s initial reactions. There was a lot of Islamophobia as you might expect – and by that I don’t mean Islamophobia in the way people on the Left often use the phrase and which annoys other people since it is supposedly evoking a phobia that isn’t really a phobia, but I mean real Islamophobia: a deep terror of Islam. We’ve also had calls to close borders, here and abroad. Poland is trying to use the shootings as a pretence for getting out of taking Syrian refugees. But if everyone wants to go for an extreme reaction to the horror in Paris at the end of last week, I’ve got it: let’s just get rid of the so called “Islamic State” for good. I mean, no dicking around, lets militarily defeat them so they are no more.
What I mean by that is not just air strikes alone – we puts boots on the ground and finish them off. Some will say this is over the top but I will counter by saying that suddenly closing borders all over Europe is the thing that is over the top, not finally ending what is the cause of the shootings, something that has been festering like a sore for years already anyhow. Some will say that this will be too difficult with Russia involved now, but I would counter by saying that Russia have said they want to target Daesh and only Daesh anyhow, even though in practice this isn’t what is happening. So we can call their bluff by telling them we’ll help out in their cause of ridding the world of the supposed Islamic State of the Levant.
But this probably isn’t what we’ll do. I only ask that if we aren’t willing to do this, we react instead in the only rational alternative way: we look upon what happened in Paris as a horrible tragedy, make sure everyone directly involved in it is brought to justice, and then get on with our lives. All too often when events such as these occur we do irrational things that don’t really address the problem. So let’s either fix the issue directly or not act rashly either way.
And I know that marching in and fighting with Daesh directly isn’t going to eliminate Islamic terrorism forever – that’s so obvious it shouldn’t need to be said. But it will eliminate a large purveyor of it, and at the same time get rid of the people who have taken credit for the Paris shooting itself. Closing European borders will achieve neither of these objectives.