Sunday, 7 August 2005

The motivations behind the London attacks

US President Bush and Tony Blair often state that Islamist terrorists "hate our freedom" or "hate our way of life".

I had never paid much credence to such views, until recently. It's a fact that fundamentalist Muslims have always looked down on the West, largely because they feel Western society is "decadent".

However it hasn't been substantiated, either by Bush or Blair, that a hatred of the Western lifestyle was the prime motivation of 9/11, the Madrid bombings or the London attacks. Personally I believe it's a combination of factors. Surely the foreign policies of certain Western countries must be a catalyst for terrorism.

If a hatred of Western freedoms is the sole factor, then surely (for example) France and Germany should have suffered attacks of the scale of London or 9/11. To date, they have not. I generally believe that the likelihood of the UK incurring terrorism would lessen if we had not aligned with the USA in invading Iraq.