The Corner

Breeding Terrorism

I can’t resist pointing out (since Andy McCarthy is apparently too much of a gent to do so) that this latest plot illustrated an important point about terrorism:  If you want to breed terrorists and give them the opportunity to mature their plans, there is no environment better than a free, open, “diversity”-whipped Western nation.  

Rubble doesn’t make trouble.  Neither do complaisant amoral dictators, so long as you keep their Swiss bank accounts well stuffed.  The trouble comes from neat English suburbs with herbaceous borders and privet hedges, with bobbies on the beat and milkmen making daily deliveries. 

Nor do poverty, oppression, and madrassas make terrorists.  Comfortable lower-middle-class surroundings, authorities terrified of being called “racist,” and the British educational system, will accomplish the job perfectly well.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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