|Hällevik. Foto: Astrid Nydahl|
Men 14 juli 2017 är det något annat offentligheten talar om, eftersom vi alla påminns. Det är den islamistiska terrorn. Årsdagen för massakern i Nice. Massakern som kom att bli en vattendelare för den islamistiska terrorn. Nederlagen i Irak och Syrien innebar ökad islamistisk aktivitet bland IS-cellerna i Europa. Nu kunde vi med säkerhet säga att Mellanösterns fordonsmassakrer kommit till Europa. Och lastbilarna skulle komma att användas mycket efter det, i London, i Berlin, två gånger i London och så oskuldsfulla och naiva Stockholm. Vad som väntar runt hörnet vet vi inte, vi vet bara att det kommer. Med säkerhet vet vi det.
Är det inte hög tid att vrida dessa perversa påminnelser ur islamisternas händer, begränsa deras möjligheter, deportera de kända brottslingarna (jodå, här vet säkerhetspolisen vilka de 3.000 individerna är), tala klarspråk och ta tillbaka den vackra symboliken, om än den är skamfilad, från 14 juli: Frihet, Broderskap, Jämlikhet.
Här är en intressant kommentar av Amir Taheri (exiliranier sedan 1979) hur den moderna västerländska världen format dagens islamism:
(Långt citat men artikelkn är läsvärd i sin helhet)
"In the 1970s, the Iranian capital Tehran was a favorite destination for intellectuals from all over the world who wished to test those ideas in a country which had the rare distinction of having never been either a colony or a colonizer, and yet, its leaders had adopted the gospel of modernization with some enthusiasm.
What we didn’t know at the time was the extent to which our “oriental” societies had already become modern by adopting some of the most controversial aspects of the Western model.
Traditions that had provided a moral compass for centuries, were, now dismissed as cumbersome if not a sure sign of backwardness. Old institutions such as tribes, guilds, Sufi orders, clerical hierarchies, and family networks that had counter-balanced the power of the state were dissolved or weakened, leaving power concentrated in a few hands at the center of government.
[...]Another thing ignored was that in our neck of the wood, that is to say the Middle East, the machinery of state had modernized itself by enhancing its powers and developing new modes of control, manipulation and repression. That, in turn, had led to the westernization of part of traditional society that now used an essentially Western narrative in its struggle against the established order.
For example, the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s discourse owed more to Lenin and Stalin than the great Muslim philosophers and theologians of ages.
The seizure of power by mullahs in 1979 highlighted Iran’s jump to “westernization”. The revolt was dubbed a “revolution”, a Western concept for which we have no word in the Persian language.
(They had to use the climatological term “enqelab” which means disturbance. The Arabs use it to mean a coup d’etat.)
The mullahs organized a referendum, wrote a constitution, devised a Western-style flag, raised a Trotsky-style militia, and built a cult of personality around Khomeini modeled on that of Stalin in his time.
The only traditional methods they used consisted of seizing hostages, stoning women to death and the mass killing of real or imagined opponents. The system they created owes more to George Orwell’s “1984” than to Farabi’s “Virtuous City” (Al- Madinat al-Fadilah).
We became modernized and westernized long ago, often without realizing it. Iran became modernized when Khomeini organized the execution of at least 4000 people in a weekend, something even the blood-thirsty Agha Muhammad Khan Qajar never imagined doing. Syria became modern when Hafez Al-Assad killed 20,000 people in Hama, something no Umayyad Caliph would imagine doing.
The results of generations of dream, dreams of modernization and westernization, are in front of eyes and, thanks to modern technology, immediately observable even in the remotest parts of the region.
We, all of us, including rulers and rules, intellectuals and common folk, rich and poor have modernized our societies by creating Everest-high rubbles and swarms of terrorized refugees. All we have kept from our traditions is hat of denying our own responsibility, blaming it all on others. "
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