According to the StrategyPage, Iraqis know only one way to deal with crime, and it involves far more brutal and arbitrary tactics than Americans use.
Robert Spencer writing in Human Events notes that Islam is different — and it isn’t just Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell who say this, but Muslims themselves. . . . the widespread Western assumption about Islam — that because it is a religion, it contains core teachings of love, peace and brotherhood that people of good will can emphasize against those who would twist the religion to contrary purposes — begins to ring hollow.
The study of terrorism is the orphan of Middle Eastern studies. The Middle East academics, whose self-appointed mission is to cast their subject matter in a favorable light, simply avoid the subject. They are happiest studying putative reformers of Islam, not the terrorists who invoke it. Just look at the program of the upcoming conference of the Middle East Studies Association: not a terrorism paper in sight.
The British government won itself the reputation for being tough because it joined with the U.S.-led effort in Iraq, quite in contrast to France. But when it comes to domestic counterterrorism, the French are far ahead of the hapless, head-in-the-sand Londonistanis – as I have noted earlier. Indeed, one can handsomely fill a blog with evidence of British multicultural lassitude and counterterrorist ineptitude.