I wrote a post after Manchester, but didn’t publish it. It was nothing that had not been said before. Reading internet comboxes has been depressing in the wake of these two attacks: on the one side there are increasing calls for expulsion of Muslims, on the other moralistic scolds are doubling down on the theme of “it’s all America’s fault” that Arab men blow up a bunch of little English girls.
Expulsion of Muslims, or at least Muslims under suspicion of sympathizing with terror, would be a repudiation of the Western Enlightenment: it would be admitting that modern civilization is not self-evidently superior, that there are cultural limits to the bounds of Western Rationality, that multiculturalism was never a good idea, that religious tolerance is fine so long as you are talking about letting Catholics join country clubs or putting up with tiny numbers of Jews or the cranky village atheist, but that when it comes to Islam in large numbers it simply isn’t possible.
In short, expulsion of Muslims who refuse to integrate – many of them citizens who have committed no crimes – would be the end of the modern concept of Europe. It would be tantamount to saying Charlemagne had more or less the right idea when he made the Saxons choose between death or Baptism.
Which is why it will never, ever, happen.
As for the “it is all America’s fault” turds, they are ideologues incapable of looking at reality. For them, swarthy people are automatons free of moral agency: everything a non-white person does is a pure reaction to some white man’s provocation. The terrorists have no plans, goals or aspirations to speak of. Their violence, though planned for months, is purely spontaneous and devoid of internal rationality.
Why do they see things this way? Because the “it is all America’s fault” people are indifferent to the reality of their countrymen actually being blown to bits, all they care about is winning the argument against the real enemy, their domestic political opponents. Pinning murder on them is a good way to win an argument.
The only important opinion of course is that of the politicians: they see a Europe that needs a constant flow of migrants to keep the population from dropping below replacement levels, which would throw economies and pension programs into disarray. They also see the migrants as breaking up unfavorable political tendencies: if you don’t like the voters you have, replace them with new voters. Thus, they have decided that intermittent outbursts of Allahu-Akbar are the new normal, and the peasants will simply have to get used to it.
Some people like to point out that you are still more likely to die of any number of causes – say bee stings or lighting strikes – than of a terror attack, which is true, and besides the point. No one expects the government to protect them from bees and lightning, they do expect the government to protect them from acts of war and insurrection. The terrorists are trying to change that expectation, and are succeeding.
Europe has reached the point where the two options are to surrender the European project, or to accept Islamic terrorism as just another risk you have to run.