Racism, ignorance and discrimination
As William Shawcross noted in his letter responding to Naomi Klein (see The force behind fanatics), self-described Islamists also target progressive internationalists like Sergio Vieira de Mello. Bin Laden made a special point of saying how glad he was that the man who helped
More thoughtful than Naomi Klein is Sameer Rahim in the 18 August edition of the London Review of Books:
"Ian McEwan wrote soon after 9/11 that the hijackers did not have the imaginative capacity to empathise with others’ pain. I saw almost the opposite in their frightening ability to carry out an act of suicidal revenge on behalf of people with whom they had no ties other than religion. One of the failed
'There is truth to the blowback argument' said [Sameer Rahim’s friend Ali, a lawyer who gave up his job in
Also, Faisal Devji in The Financial Times on A war fought for impersonal passions:
"The passion of the holy warrior emerges from the same source as that of the anti-war protester - not from a personal experience of oppression but from observing the oppression of others. These impersonal and even vicarious passions draw upon pity for their strength. And pity is perhaps the most violent passion of all because it is selfless enough to tolerate monstrous sacrifices".