We know very well what the "grievances" of the jihadists are.Yes, a part of the worldwide, old and never ending campaign against the Enlightenment. He forgot to add to their grievances the sight of him skulling a good single malt. And we could add the Christian and Jewish Taleban-like grievances against the secular state, Darwinism, co-ed schools, freedom of speech, reproductive rights for women, gay sex and uncircumcised penises.
The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way.
For a few moments yesterday, Londoners received a taste of what life is like for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose Muslim faith does not protect them from slaughter at the hands of those who think they are not Muslim enough, or are the wrong Muslim.
It is a big mistake to believe this is an assault on "our" values or "our" way of life. It is, rather, an assault on all civilisation.
July 13, 2005
Christopher Hitchens looks at the London bombings (via Kearney):