As usual, I follow my own advice and I wonder about what did not happen. This time it’s in connection with the Boston Marathon terrorist assassinations.
What the alleged Boston terrorists didn’t do and that would have been easy to do was to leave a note, or two copies of the same note. And, if they were concerned it might not be found, they could have mailed a note to the appropriate authorities or to newspapers. The note would have begin with the following words:
“We are killing you because:”
And then, according to a perspective common among both liberals and Paulista libertarians, the note would have said :
…you Americans invaded Afghanistan almost without provocation (which you are presently leaving in haste);
…you Americans invaded Iraq and saved tens of thousands of Muslims from mass graves (and you have now left that country, you and its old Christian minority);
…you Americans reluctantly but effectively helped throw out in Libya an oppressor of Muslims without even setting foot there;
…you Americans liberated Muslim Kosovo, and then left;
…you Americans stopped the massacre of mostly Muslim civilians in Bosnia, and then left,
…your sometimes friends and allies, the French, invaded Mali militarily and you did not lift a finger to stop them.”
And, speaking of Mali, here is a digression: Although the country is formally something like 90% Muslim, the Shariah missionaries (many foreigners) had to engage in military conquest to try and make the country adopt their view of Islam. One wonder why they did not try for a victory at the voting booth.
“Here you go again” – some will say – “the neo-Con western imperialist trying to impose on others his completely subjective preference for democracy, for democracy for all. Someone more sophisticated, someone with a more open mind would understand that Malians do not wish to govern themselves, that Malian women aspire to be repressed more firmly, that they long for death by stoning should they yield out of marriage to the temptations of a strong male body, the sluts!”
Or the alleged terrorists could have left behind a note that said:
“We kill you, including women, children and guests, because we are personally failures, and also because we are ashamed of the fact that the societies with which we associate in our hearts are not very successful either.”
And, by the way, here are a couple of pointers for societal economic success: Make sure you don’t do anything that undermines the capacity of half of your population to contribute. And remember that illiterate mothers can’t bring up well educated sons.