Europe, Don't Delude Yourself: It's Not Despair That's Driving Muslims to ISIS - It's Hope

Anyone who advances the paradigm of desperation — including the perplexed in Israel — are making a fundamental mistake. Islamic State does not act out of desperation. Just the opposite.

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This undated image taken from a Militant Website on Monday Nov. 16, 2015 showing Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. A French official says Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks was also linked to thwarted train and church attacks.
Paris attacks suspected mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, in an undated image taken from a Militant Website on Monday Nov. 16, 2015Credit: AP

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom is worried by the rising tide of young Swedes who are joining the Islamic State. “Here again, you come back to situations like that in the Middle East where not least the Palestinians see that there isn’t any future [for them]. [The Palestinians] either have to accept a desperate situation or resort to violence,” she said. Her remarks provoked fury in Israel, and Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon even called them “shocking in their chutzpah. ... [She] exhibit[ed] genuine hostility.”

The Foreign Ministry and the many Israelis who hastened to rebuke Wallstrom are wrong this time. Wallstrom may not be a member of the World Zionist Organization, but she is the first important European politician to confirm — albeit inadvertently — the common argument in Israel that the currents pushing young Europeans into the arms of terror are not different from the currents in our region.

Muslims living in Sweden, the most generous of all European states to Muslim migrants, join Islamic State for exactly the same reasons that their co-religionists in Mosul, Jenin and Jaljulya throng to it. If the motivation, as the forgivers of the world would have it, is indeed despair, then they are admitting that the paradise provided to Muslims by Europe, and especially Sweden — generates despair whose results are no less murderous than those generated in the hell of the Middle East. 

Anyone who advances the paradigm of desperation — including the perplexed in Israel — are making a fundamental mistake. Islamic State does not act out of desperation. Just the opposite: It is faith and hope that are driving the Islamic offensive against the free world. The West, captive to the conceit of desperation, refuses to correctly understand this insane hope and as a result it cannot suppress it.

The symptoms of desperation are the polar opposites of those of faith and hope. The desperate do not believe that they can change reality and are inclined to passivity. The hopeful, in contrast, believe that if they take active measures, even insane ones, they will achieve their goal. In the case of Islamic State it is a global Islamic caliphate that includes, yes, Sweden and France, Germany and Belgium. Even if it is not their primary aim, the Muslim migrants to Europe will constitute the demographic infrastructure.

The flaccidity of the West is among the accelerators of this hope. The terror acts will expedite the realization of the sacred cause. After all, Allah wants the entire world to follow the path of Islam. Wallstrom, as well as more-senior European and American statesmen, personify this feebleness. If the organizations of destruction felt the death squads had no chance of defeating Western civilization, they would not have moved the arena of madness to Europe.

The Islamic threat is not like the threat posed by Hitler, but its goals are similar: imposing the reign of darkness over the free world. If this world stops following its heart’s desires blindly, as it did 75 years ago, it will win this war too. The questions are whether — and when — it will wake up and open its eyes, and whether it is willing to defeat the enemy decisively, as it did in World War II. Judging by the current situation, the free world’s moves show that it is not ready, not even after the events in Paris, to go all the way. It lacks the resolution and the right leaders to do so. Like Israel, it will wage operation after operation after operation. And, also like Israel, it will not lack for excuses.

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