Islamic terrorism stems from personality changes which occur in those who try to be sincere followers of their religion. These changes initially affect the relationship of a Muslim to his children, his wife and his neighbours. But the change becomes greater and greater until, at the end, a person becomes quite evil.
It is not hard to understand how beating your children to force them to pray, beating your wife to discipline her, and thinking that your neighbour’s house deserves to be burned because he does not go to the mosque to pray, can become consuming dimensions in a Muslim’s personality, and part of the religious duties to be followed.
And this is Muslim behaviour among Muslims. How much more dangerous can this attitude become towards unbelievers?
Islamic mothers tend to be warm and nurturing, but Islamic fathers treat their children harshly, acting cold, distant, and wrathful. Their justification is an old religious proverb: ‘father’s anger is part of God’s anger.’ When he reaches puberty, an Arab boy is expelled from the loving world of his mother and sisters into the realm of men.
There, hand-holding between males is still allowed, but physical affection between men and women is frowned upon. A vengeful masculinity stands in its place. The result is inevitably violent adults.
Howard Bloom in ‘The Lucifer Principle’* offers this prophetic analysis:
‘In much of Arab society, the unmerciful approach of fathers to their children continues, and public warmth between men and women is still considered an evil. Perhaps this is why a disproportionate number of Arab adults, stripped of intimacy and thrust into a life in which vulnerable emotion is a sin, have joined extremist movements dedicated to wreaking havoc on the world.’
In the words of that old Russian rogue: ‘what is to be done?’ Do the roots of Islamic violence really lie in the Koran? And if this be so, what indeed is to be done?
* Amazon.co.uk – ISBN-10: 0871136643