An Indictment of.....Ourselves????
Last night on Lateline (an Australian news and current affairs show...the good kind) Tony Jones interviewed a terrorism expert, a Mr. Bill Durodie on the issue. The interview was fine, until the very last words spoken by Mr. Durodie....
"we would also have to ask ourselves what led them to do this. A point I often make in this kind of debates is that it's not so much what it is that attracts a few individuals to fringe radical organisations that we need to worry about, but rather what it is about our own society that it fails to attract quite often young, articulate, bright, energetic and ambitious individuals, that they feel so alienated from it that they look for something else to provide substance and meaning to their lives. Surely, that's an indictment of ourselves as well "
for the full transcript see here
Hmmm, I don't know Mr Durodie!! I just don't know if I share this view with you. I mean with all due respect to your good self, I fail to see what it is about the Western world that would push these people to commit such crimes.
The Western societies, are open, democratic, and tolerant to a large degree. They have received wave after wave of people migrating from their homelands to search for a better life. Provided those people with opportunity...some excelled, some got by, and yes some got nowhere. Above all, they were given a "fair go" like we say here in Australia...regardless of color, race, gender, or faith.
Why do I say this?
Because I'm one of those people. One of those who came here to search for a better life...and I do appreciate what I was given.
It baffles me that after this, someone can turn around and blame this hatred and bitterness on the very community that opened up a door for them.
I, for one, refuse to indicte myself for the diseased logic that would compell someone to harm hundreds of people...and why?
To make a point?
Because they're American?
Because they're going to America?
Come on!!! really!!!