There is a long lasting war going on in many places between Islamic fundamentalists and the major Western democracies. The war is shown in small actions of great violence and in large actions of little violence. Nations have been invaded, lives lost, prosperity and economies ruined and people have been degraded. This has happened to both sides, and as is usual no one actually wins a war, but whose fault is the war?
The democracies hold that their opponents are terrorists; they even have a mantra which usually includes the words “terrorists” “jihad” ” insurgents” and “extremists”.
George Galloway has asked why it is that the British government is so intent on fighting and bombing brutal Islamic extremists in Mali, while simultaneously arming and funding equally brutal Islamic extremists in Syria. Answer came there none.
The war between some Islamists and the democracies has been going on since the 1960s. Those long years of war have hardened attitudes; whatever murder is committed, however many people are bombed, more murder comes and more people are bombed, whether by drones, improvised explosive devices, bullets or fire.It would, as Mr Galloway’s question implies, show that when the democracies claim virtue in this war, their claim is hypocritical. Wars, like quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.