Let me first express my anger and dismay at the terrorist’s attempt.
Yet, There’s a huge flow of misinformation and blown up information out there. That seems to take even sensible people hostage.
Three or four related news came up very close-
1. Australia admitted that they invaded Iraq for oil- (crores of people were taken hostage by the invasion, thousands dead and dying, thousands homeless)
2. Lal Masjid in Pakistan- (a thousand people or more taken hostage)
3. Glasgow bombing (nobody injured, except the attackers)
4. Countless dead in Iraq, Afghanistan.
Where are we putting the emphasis? We are talking of 2 and 3; overlooking 1 and 4. But they are linked. Deeply.
And that brings me to the second point. The Glasgow bombing attempt may have been committed by Muslims, but the motivation was not Islam . The motivation was political- created by anger and helplessness vis-a-vis an immensely powerful west.
Why is the motivation never presented to us as political? Simple. If people know that these “(horrendous) activities are results of atrocious foreign policy, you lose your legitimacy. But, if you can somehow impute that muslims are inherently violent, and they commit violence because of their religion, then nobody questions your motive.