Given such severe backlash elsewhere, why do radical Islamists prefer to strike Europeans and Americans -- from
No place has been more open to Muslim refugees than
The EU and the U.S. lavish foreign aid money on the Palestinians. America has offered a half-century of support to
Obama has sought a closer relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan despite Erdogan's Islamization of
Obama has publicly deferred to Muslim interests while abroad. He apologized to the Turkish parliament for a host of supposed past American sins -- "some of our own darker periods in our history." In symbolic fashion, Obama bowed to
The Obama administration has in effect banned the use of the terms "jihadism" and "Islamic terrorism." It prefers a host of euphemisms for Islamic terrorist acts, from "workplace violence" to "man-caused disasters." CIA Director
Obama granted theocratic
Despite all of that extraordinary presidential outreach, the West remains under constant terrorist threats and episodic attacks, often from Muslim youths who were offered sanctuary in places such as
There are a number of reasons why jihadists prefer to target Westerners.
The West is wealthy, sensual and liberal, and it offers the chance of global publicity to killers.
Muslim immigrants from the
The West is obsessed with mandated equality. The Muslim immigrant -- who often arrives without education, language facility or money -- easily learns how to blame his relative poverty on his hosts. He is rarely reminded that not being relatively well off in
America asks little of its immigrants. U.S. policies allow illegal entry en masse. America does not insist that newcomers learn English, and it largely prefers the trendy multicultural salad bowl to the time-tested assimilationist melting pot. As a result, there are entire communities where recent immigrants and their families prefer to guilt-trip, rather than show affinity toward, their adopted countries.
The West is also lax. A jihadist knows that he has a good chance of re-entering the U.S. or
Many Westerners are more scared of being labeled as illiberal or nativist than they are of being unsafe.
Islamic terrorists sense that Westerners are increasingly materialist rather than spiritual. Europeans in particular are becoming more secular. Their birthrates are declining. And they seem to believe more in satisfying their appetites than in finding transcendence through children and religion.
As a result, jihadists trust that they can cull a handful of Westerners every few weeks from an otherwise indifferent herd. Their only challenge is to keep the harvest of Westerners down to a few dozen and not to get greedy in their bloodlust.
Terrorists seem to believe that as long as they avoid another 9/11-like massacre, they can continue to take lives and insidiously weaken the West without awakening it from its morally indifferent slumber.
And they may be right.