The other day, I pointed out that there have been plenty of leftists (or alternately, people whom the left wants to protect) who have been murdered by Islamic terrorists. Theo van Gogh, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, the gays in Orlando, and the tens of thousands killed in Iran beginning in about 1979 are all examples of leftists killed by Muslims.
But let me broaden this discussion by talking about the victims of all the attacks in terms of their political affiliation. Some attacks are directed at ordinary people, some at the left, and some at the right. Those directed at anything associated with the military would count as attacks on the right. Likewise, any attack directed at anything financial or patriotic could count as an attack on the right. Attacks on buses, trains, subways, restaurants, bars, theaters, shopping malls, stadiums and the like ought to count as attacks on the center, on ordinary people.
Included in the attacks on the right would be the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon, due to the obvious military connection, and the Twin Towers, due to their connection to the financial world. The plane that was forced down by the passengers in Pennsylvania was headed toward either the White House or Capitol Hill, and while the former might count as an attack on the right (given that the president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces), an attack on Capitol Hill would seem to count as an attack on the center. Let me add that so many people were killed in this event that one can assume a variety of political perspectives in the victims. I’m just talking about the possible motives of the terrorists.
The terror attack in Spain was directed against a train, while the one in England was directed against subways and a bus; therefore, they count as attacks against the center. Shopping malls have been attacked in East Africa, bars and restaurants in France, the airport ticket area in Belgium, etc. These are also attacks on the center. The attempt to attack a soccer stadium in France might count as an attack against the right, given that the game to be played was not a domestic game, but an international one. Likewise, the attack in San Bernardino at a county health department’s Christmas party might count as an attack on the right, given that it was a religious event. And the recent attack in Nice might count as an attack on the right, given that it was a patriotic event.
Here are the conclusions to be reached:
1. The terrorists do not pick out exclusively those on the right. People in the center are targeted, and most surprisingly, people on the left are targets, too. (Notice that when leftists are the targets, leftists do not say, "Why do you think they hate us?" That is reserved for times when the attack is against the right.)
2. Accordingly, there is no payback for being a leftist. It’s not as though being kind to Muslims will prevent you from being a target. You may still be a target.
3. The motive of the terrorists must be their desire to impose shari’a on everyone in the West. Why, after all, would the Islamists kill leftists, who want to be their friend? We have to reject the left’s conclusion that the attacks are due to “grievances,” because those grievances would mean that almost all of their victims would be on the right. That plenty on the left have been victims indicates a very different sort of motive.
4. The left needs to stop denying the obvious and to start seeing Muslims – some of them, anyway – as the left’s enemy.