Is my dear friend and colleague Jamie Glazov finally starting to get the recognition he deserves?
I certainly hope so. Jamie’s analysis of the psychology of Islamic terrorism is unique and compelling. After encountering his work — like his recent blockbuster article on Abdulmutallab — you’ll never think about Islamofascism the same way again.
Check out this column from Australian writer Miranda Devine who seems to agree:
As the youngest of 16 children and the son of his father’s No. 2 wife, he reportedly spent most of his childhood at an English boarding school in West Africa. The trajectory to extreme violence of this gentle, pious young man who wanted so much to be good and consequential, and yet was consumed with guilt about sex, fits with much of what is known about other Islamist suicide bombers.
Perhaps the best psychological explanation comes from United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror, the recent book by Jamie Glazov, the managing editor of FrontPage Magazine.
In a chapter entitled “To Hate a Woman”, he describes in chilling detail the oppression of women in parts of the Muslim world and the “theological justification” for violence against females “from the very moment of their birth”.
Islamist hatred of women has “fertilised the soil in which … terrorism and the new death cult have grown”.
He claims there is an “Islamist war on private love [which] derives most of its energy from a deep-seated misogyny. Women’s empowerment, independence and self-determination, especially the sexual variety, pose a threat to Islamism’s very existence.”
Islamist misogyny, he claims, comes from Islam itself. “The notion that women are by their very nature inferior to men is the underpinning of the entire structure and derives its legitimacy from numerous traditional teachings.”
It is no coincidence that the Arabic word “fitna” has two meanings – beautiful woman and social chaos.