‘Radicalisation’, in the past year or so, has been the Leftist media’s favourite catchphrase, for explaining and excusing vile acts of barbarity and violence perpetrated by individuals from the Islamic state, and other terrorist groups. Discussions around this term revolve around the victimisation, stigma, alienation and ‘islamophobia’ purportedly faced by young Muslim men in the west, causing them to join Islamist groups at an unprecedented scale.
Moreover, to suggest that someone has been ‘radicalised’, can suggest that by a cruel twist of fate, a person has fallen into a deluded, twisted and non- rational stream of thinking, and that individual subsequently has acted in a manner that is devoid of any religious or cultural association.
True, any fighter of the Islamic state or any other Islamist related death cult, is absorbed into a warped and delusional fantasy, in which their killing and persecution shall be met with endless rewards.
But to stress ‘radicalisation’ and in doing so potentially insinuate that these members of the Islamic state are acting in a manner which contradicts the very fundamentals of their faith, is a fabrication of the truth.
It is important that the perpetrators of Islamic terrorism are condemned, ostracised and isolated as far as possible from mainstream society. Nonetheless, if this comes at the cost of acknowledging the truth about Islam, and the real reason why there have been over 25 000 terrors attacks since September 11, then it is imperative that we refocus our dialogue and discussions, and recentre it around reality, not around an imaginary utopia.