Tony Blair attacked “‘absurd’ British Islamists who have nurtured a false ‘sense of grievance’ that they are being oppressed by Britain and the United States.”

Christopher Hitchens calls for us to stop respecting the opinions of the “Rage Boys” of Islam. Rage Boy’s diatribes are based on emotionalism, not reason.

As Tony Blair said:

‘The idea that as a Muslim in this country that you don’t have the freedom to express your religion or your views, I mean you’ve got far more freedom in this country than you do in most Muslim countries,’ Blair told Observer columnist Will Hutton, who presents the documentary.

‘The reason we are finding it hard to win this battle is that we’re not actually fighting it properly. We’re not actually standing up to these people and saying, “It’s not just your methods that are wrong, your ideas are absurd. Nobody is oppressing you. Your sense of grievance isn’t justified.”‘

True. The problem is not that Radical Muslims are oppressed. The problem is that governments refuse to oppress non-Muslims. Non-Muslims are free to criticise Islam and reject its beliefs – a challenge that threatens the Radicals.

So they protest. Many flags burn and many throats are shouted raw. A few car bombs explode.

Hitchens:

Over the last few years, there have been innumerable opportunities for [Rage Boy] to demonstrate his piety and his pissed-offness. And the cameras have been there for him every time. Is it a fatwah? Is it a copy of the Quran allegedly down the gurgler at Guantanamo? Is it some cartoon in Denmark? Time for Rage Boy to step in and for his visage to impress the rest of the world with the depth and strength of Islamist emotion.

Our mistake is to assume there is a rational cause behind the raw emotionalism of Rage Boys. There is a mistaken belief, mostly in left-wing political circles, that the intensity of emotions represent authenticity. The more intense one’s emotions, the more legitimate one’s cause is. Why?

Emotions represent sub-human animalistic instincts, not higher cognitive functions. We cannot accept illogic as legitimate political discourse.

To the extent that we take Rage Boys seriously, we are only rewarded with more car bombs. To accept his views as legitimate is to sacrifice our freedom of speech and religion.

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