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Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack: Islamist terrorists are evil losers – Trump is right


Donald Trump is under attack again. There is nothing new in this. If Trump were to cure cancer there would be headlines ‘Trump throws gravediggers out of work’. His offence this time is following the latest Islamic atrocity in Manchester, he called Islamic terrorists evil losers.

This statement has caused howls of protest. The elites had to reach for their smelling salts. His language has been described as ‘childish’ in The Huffington Post. Even Allan Greenspan has accused Trump of sounding ‘like a third grader name calling terrorists evil losers. Is this how a President is supposed to act’.

But Trump is on the money. The elites may tut tut and deplore his language, but ordinary people know what Trump means, and they agree with him. Islamic terrorists are evil losers.

Following every Islamic atrocity we have well-meaning people trying to understand why they do what they do. Why turn pressure cookers into bombs in Boston? Why drive a lorry along the promenade in Nice mowing down people out for an evening stroll? Why hack the head off an off-duty soldier? Why drive a lorry into a Christmas market in Germany?

We don’t need to ask that question. We already know the answer. Our politicians may be afraid to say so but it is Islamic extremism.

We are told that such actions are in response to the West’s involvement in the Middle East. That it is the plight of the Palestinians. It is their oppression, poverty and lack of opportunity while the West prospers. The question is posed and the answer is always the same. The onus is on us, beneath everything it is the fault of the West. A classic case of blaming the victim.

Islam hasn’t been wronged and Islamists are evil losers who require no sympathy or excuses from us. How else would you describe a university drop out who would deliberately murder young schoolgirls in an attempt to give significance to his own life? Evil loser accurately sums up Salman Abedi, who murdered 22 and injured and maimed more than 50 others.

Islamists are not monsters before whom we should tremble. They are dangerous, but underneath it all they are pathetic losers who follow an evil ideology; people who are unable to find meaning or purpose in their own lives without destroying the lives of others.

Islamists force women to wear head to toe black covering revealing only their eyes, and sometimes not even that. Why? Because a glimpse of female flesh may prove too tempting for Islamic men. Compare this with Jesus who tells us ‘If your eye offends you pluck it out’. Here He puts the responsibility of avoiding and dealing with temptation squarely on the person who finds himself tempted. On the other hand Islamists assume that weak men like themselves cannot possibly resist temptation, and so women have to pay the price. It’s always someone else’s fault. Is this not the definition of a loser?

A loser is someone who cannot cope with his own life and has to put the blame on someone else. They are like children in the school playground crying out ‘It wasn’t me, a big boy did it and ran away’. Only this time the children have bombs, guns, knives, drive lorries and fly aircraft.

They act from weakness; let us stop dignifying them and their atrocities by using the language of strength. We should hold them in contempt and use the language of contempt. To do otherwise is to affirm their delusion that they are brave warriors defying all for their holy cause. ISIS described the atrocity in Manchester as ‘a soldier of the caliphate’ attacking ‘a gathering of Crusaders’. Instead it was a contemptible loser murdering undefended teeny boppers innocently enjoying a concert.

Trump is right. Islamic terrorists should be derided, held in contempt, scorned and mocked. We should not fall in with their own estimation of themselves and build them up in their own and our eyes. They should be made to realise who they truly are, despicable and evil losers.

(Image: Gage Skidmore)

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Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Campbell is a retired Presbyterian minister who lives in Stirlingshire. He blogs at A Grain of Sand.

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