Guest Post: Leftist “white saviours” are mired in racism

Not much can be said anymore following the Moslem terrorist attack in Manchester, England.  Aside from the physical location of the atrocity, every single syllable of the Westminster Bridge Is Falling Down post applies fully to this one, too.  A couple of related points can be made though.  This part will cover the first one.
It concerns the leader of what passes for the main opposition party in Britain.  The avowed Communist Jeremy Corbyn has proposed that Moslem terrorism owes at least in part to the West’s “foreign policy,” in particular the various wars and alliances such as the quagmires of Afghanistan and Iraq, the support for Israel, the tolerance of the likes of Egypt’s Al-Sisi, and so forth.  Now, Corbyn himself can be easily dismissed as, to put it charitably, a total fruitcake: He said not that long ago that labelling the Islamic State troglodytes as terrorists was a subjective value judgment, hence undesirable.  Yet, his contention about the West’s putative share in the responsibility for terrorism is not an altogether novel argument.  That canard and variations on the theme have been doing the rounds for years.

“Poverty” causes terrorism.  “Discrimination” causes terrorism.  Even “climate change” causes terrorism.  Yep.  Seriously.  Deadly seriously.  Naturally, although many acknowledge that the West made mistakes in the Near East, assertions such as the foregoing are readily recognised as risible tripe by the sensible majority.  What is interesting though is how mired in racism (for want of a better word) they are.  They are rooted in the premise that Moslems are beasts who act on animalistic reflexive instinct.  They see something on the news they dislike and their, apparently fully understandable, reaction is “I’ll blow up a pop concert full of teenage girls.”  They are thus, similar to the Mandatory mindset of the League of Nations, essentially cast as children, devoid of free agency and mental capacity to be either able to act rationally or be held responsible for those actions.  They need the Leftist “white saviours” as surrogates for their personhood, in the way a group of schoolkids on a field trip are chaperoned and protected from strangers by their teachers.

That view is also supremely offensive to the billions of people, past and present, who endured untold privations, oppression, injustice, and other types of suffering, but who forbore from channelling their misery in savagely destructive ways.  The fine people of the Congo were horrifically brutalised by the Belgians.  The penury in shanty towns and townships in parts of Africa and Asia is infamous.  The less said about Viet Nam–which was whipsawed by the French and then by Agent Orange and all that came along with it–, the better.  Tibet has been occupied for decades.  Yet, not a single one of those people ever suicide-bombed a theatre in Brussels, executed hundreds of kids in a Pretoria school, or blew up an airliner over New York.  The most they do is low-level pickpocketing and self-immolation (emphasis on the self!).

What a collective indictment of Moslems, then, that the Left considers them to be incapable of expressing anything but the basest, caveman behaviour.  What an even more severe indictment of the virtue-signaling Left, which forever harps on about “racism” and “inequality,” while doing its level best to perpetuate both.


Michael Steiner is an academic of more than a decade, including in several countries in the Near East.  He has four master’s degrees and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Manchester.  His interests include history, science, current affairs, and law.  He can be found under the handle @tzioneretz on gab.ai and minds.com.


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