Laura McNally is a psychologist, author and PhD candidate and her article discusses the broken record arguments that we are forced to listen to repeatedly whenever we discuss terrorism. After a terrorist attack, the most important issues are sidelined. Instead of productive discussion about the problem, people focus on apportioning blame and making excuses.
Our discourse on terrorism is a bad record that has been stuck on repeat for decades. And it won’t matter whether I write this today, in a week, a month, or a year. Because with each new attack, the dialogue is only pushed deeper into discord and away from examining terror.
Rather than terror attacks inciting a more thorough and informed understanding of terrorism, there is a predictable tsunami of excuse-making, victim-blaming and sidestepping of the actual issue.
While it’s great that some people believe sharia law can be interpreted in a positive way, or that Muslim people are their best friends, this is not actually addressing terrorism. This political point scoring is increasingly blocking the public from developing better understandings of, and solutions to, terrorism.
Argument 1: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism