Two immediate consequences of the Paris massacre are already clear — one is that, as usual our political leaders are completely baffled as to why Muslims would act like Muslims and carry out such a horrific crime in the name of their religion. Who on earth could have predicted such a thing?
But the second is more interesting. None of the normal evasions and rationalisations trotted out by our leaders on these occasions can do anything to obscure the reality of what has happened.
Twelve people killed in a European capital for the crime of telling jokes. No one can say they were not real Muslims or still pretend that Islam is a religion of peace. It is far too late in the day for that. Nobody can say it was “lone gunmen” with possible mental health issues whose motives were a mystery.
Of course they’re crazy, but it’s a craziness that is quite common among Muslims in the West. And the craziness that hostility to such cartoons is all the fault of Western disrespect rather than Muslim intolerance is supported by large percentages of Muslims in the West and even larger percentages in Muslim countries. We have to suppose that large percentages of Muslims are quite comfortable with the Paris massacre. Tell me again, why are Western countries importing Muslims in droves?