Hva skyldes terror, hat eller fattigdom?

På årsdagen for 311 skal det holdes en konferanse om terror i Madrid. Det pågår allerede en debatt på www.opendemocracy.net der årsaken til terror belyses. Filosofen Roger Scruton (anbefalt av Sigurd Skirbekk bl.a.) imøtegår de politisk korrekte som finner forklaringen i fattigdom og Vestens svik mot den tredje verden. Not so, sier Scruton. Terrorisme har lite med fattigdom å gjøre. Det handler om hat, og skal man diskutere dette alvorlig må man se på religionenes rolle:

And I suspect that one of the most important issues to consider at the Madrid conference (which therefore will not consider it) is that of the relative effects of the various religions, in diverting resentment away from its natural course or, on the contrary, amplifying it to the point of implacable hatred. This would mean that the conference would have to break the chains of political correctness that hamper Karin von Hippel. It would have to allow itself at least to entertain, if not finally to endorse, the idea that Islam, in the form invoked by Osama bin Laden and his followers, fails dismally to teach us, as Christianity teaches us, that hatred is a sin.

The power of resentment: a response to Karin von Hippel
Roger Scruton
17 – 1 – 2005

The Madrid conference marking the anniversary of the March 2004 terrorist attacks must not be imprisoned in the chains of political correctness, says Roger Scruton.