As the world expresses shock and grief at the latest terror attack, taking place at a concert in Manchester and claiming 22 lives including an 8-year-old girl, pundits are once again struggling to wrap their heads around the question of why these senseless acts of violence keep happening.
Although the answer to that question is obvious to many who are not distorted by the flawed principles of political correctness, journalists at the center of the liberal bubble have had a breakthrough — or so they believe.
The Washington Post takes a guess at the root cause of the Manchester suicide bombing attack, which ISIS quickly claimed credit for, and begins by outlining the series of deadly attacks taking place in Europe in recent years. However, they neglect to mention that this unprecedented level of terror just happen to materialize after many European Union countries opened their borders to vast numbers of unvetted migrants, including a number of ISIS fighters retuning to their countries of origin.
MANCHESTER, England — At first, this one looked like all the others: randomly deadly, deliberately brutal.
In the last two years, mass killings claimed or inspired by the Islamic State have become a chilling reality in Western Europe: unexpected and impromptu truck attacks, bombings and shootings, in Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin and London. Manchester — where 22 were killed in an assault Monday outside a concert — seemed like just the latest chapter in a deadly saga that has claimed more than 300 lives.
But then there were the details. Among other things, this was a concert meant to celebrate female empowerment, and many of the victims were young British women there to take part. The first identified fatality was Georgina “Gina” Callander, 18.
If, as claimed, this attack was carried out by an adherent of the Islamic State, the targeting of women could have been intentional.
“It’s very well known that misogyny is deeply rooted in the radical Islamist worldview,” said Shashank Joshi, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank.
In reality, misogyny isn’t just a factor contained in radical Islam’s world view, but in the Middle East as a whole, which is outlined in major Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia where women cannot drive, own bank accounts, own a passport with a man’s permission or even use the same entrances and exits to buildings that a man does. If that’s not the definition of misogyny, I don’t know what is.
However, these facts are often lost on modern day feminists, who prefer to put on pink kitten hats and rage against President Donald Trump for yet unknown offenses towards women.
The Washington Post article goes on to note that ISIS did not mention anything that indicated the Manchester bombing, or any other attack, was meant to target women in any way.
In the statement released Tuesday taking credit for the attack, the Islamic State did not mention women explicitly, condemning instead what it called a “shameless concert arena.”
At present, the assailant — identified by authorities as Salman Abedi — is not known to have left behind any substantive rationale for to his choice of venue.
For analysts, however, a through-line was clear enough even without a letter of intent: The venue was what it was; the victims were who they were.
“If you go back to early Islamist documents,” Joshi said, “misogyny and cultural hostility have often been two sides of the same coin.”
Further, he said, “There’s a connection between the targeting of a concert like this and the enslavement of young girls in northern Iraq.”
Many of the women who gathered in the vigil of thousands in Manchester’s main town square on Tuesday evening saw it the same way: The attack on the concert was an attack on women.
While the article states that the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, did not leave behind a statement as to why he carried out such a brutal attack, no evidence is needed to surmise his motivation. The reasoning behind the attack is exactly the same as every other act of terror that has taken place in the Western world as of late, and that is the ideology behind radical Islam.
The terrorist were not specifically targeting women, they were targeting the lives of apostates, non-believers and “crusaders”, as ISIS refers to many Westerners. For evidence to this effect, they need look no further than the teachings of ISIS and their own statements regarding their mission, which is to create a worldwide Islamic caliphate under brutal Sharia Law.
Those who turn a blind eye to the ideology driving these acts of terror will never comprehend the evil the world is facing, nor will they possess the mindset to fight or conquer it.
As flowers, candles and hashtags are once again deployed after the Manchester bombing, which has been done after every other terror attack in recent years, one has to wonder how many more flowers, candles and hashtags will it take before these acts of violence stop?
Although the memorials and demonstrations of solidarity are a reminder of human compassion after a tragedy, if they are not followed by a strong response and preventative measures, then the lives of loved ones will continue to be lost in these senseless acts. Unfortunately, the very same failed policies that enable attacks such as these will likely continue, and thus the cycle will begin anew after the next act of terror.
The terrorists giving up their lives in suicide attacks believe, beyond any doubt in their minds, that they are enacting the will of Allah and will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife for their slaughtering of innocents. However, they do not view their victims as innocents, as in their eyes they are forever “non-believers” and the enemy of radical Islam.
Although the majority of concert-goers were women and young girls, misogyny had nothing to do with the intent of the attacker.
Instead, a radical ideology that has not evolved with the modern world is behind each and every action that these terrorists perform, and until world leaders are ready to face this evil for what it is, I fear these attacks will not only continue, but escalate in their brutality.