By Roger Kimball
…The story wonders “how a regular suburban kid put his faith in a killer cult.” I think I can answer that in one word: Islam. The ideology of Islam is murderous. It attracts lost young men, and to a lesser degree women, because it fills the void of their lives with a transcendent, though malign, purpose.
When I was speaking in Melbourne a few days ago, one starry-eyed interlocutor assured the audience that he was against extremism in any form: Islamic extremism, yes, but also Christian and Buddhist extremism. There were a few titters at that. When’s the last time you ran intro a Buddhist extremist? Or, come to that, when’s the last time you ran into a murderous Christian?
It’s too bad that that young Aussie Muslim feels “targeted” by anti-terror laws. But until Islam grows up and abandons its infatuation with violence and mayhem, singling out Muslims for special scrutiny is not only justified, it is eminently necessary.