Istedet for å finne årsaker til jihadistenes terror, som virker som en unnskyldning, gikk det ikke an for en gangs skyld å ta dem på ordet, å tro at de mener det de sier, spør Amir Taheri.

Meanwhile, there is growing anger in Paris with Iran, which has launched a propaganda campaign to blame France’s policies for the attack in Nice. Claude Bartolone, speaker of the French National Assembly, has canceled his long-planned official visit to Tehran.

The blame-the-victim school also claims that France is attacked because of the “mess in the Middle East,” although the French took no part in toppling Saddam Hussein and have stayed largely on the sidelines in the conflict in Syria.

Isn’t it possible that this new kind of terrorism, practiced by neo-Islam, is not related to any particular issue?

Isn’t it possible that Bouhelel didn’t want anything specific because he wanted everything, starting with the right to kill people not because of what they did but because of who they were?

“The Muslim warrior (ghazi) should make sure that no one is safe anywhere unless he submits to an Islamic authority,” wrote Sheik Yussef al-Ayyeri, the late theoretician of al Qaeda and ISIS.

In all its various versions, whether ISIS, the Taliban in Afghanistan or the Khomeinist cabal in Tehran, this neo-Islam demands to impose its will on the whole of mankind, by terror if necessary.

And there is nothing more futile than the debate over whether this is “true Islam.” The Grand Mosque in Paris condemns the Nice attacks, but in its normal “sermons,” it also condemns everything that Nice represented.

Ten months ago, in an “Open letter to the Western Youth,” Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, invited the Western democracies to abandon their current national and international policies and devise new strategies in close consultation with “the world of Islam.” In other words, submit or die.

President Hollande must admit that his nation, perhaps the whole democratic portion of the globe, is at war, a war over two mutually exclusive visions of the future.

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