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Thoughts on the Attacks in Brussels and Paris and Paul Joseph Watson

 

Paul Joseph Watson published a video two days ago entitled "The Truth About the Brussels Attack." It was a thought provoking video, and I'll link to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFyhY8WVCm0

In the video, the main idea Mr. Watson elaborates on deals with the failure of multiculturalism, non-assimilation, and the fact that "Islam is NOT a religion of peace." He derides those like Ron Paul, and others, who believe that a significant component to the rise in terror attacks in the west is directly related to Western foreign policy. 

Now, to be fair, I like Mr. Watson's videos. I am subscribed to his channel, and frequently find myself agreeing with main or general points he raises. And while I think he is on to something with a painful truth about multiculturalism and non-assimilation, I think he is off-base with his critique of those who believe interventionist foreign policy is not behind much of the motivation for these kinds of attacks. Of course, this is a really complex issue with components such as the West's history in the Middle East dating back to WWI, the formation of the State of Israel, the betrayal of Lawrence of Arabia and Syria by Great Britain, America's partnership with Saudi Arabia, and the carving up of areas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and North Africa. Not to mention Russia's involvement in Afghanistan in the 80's, the first gulf war, and the current wars in the middle east. All of these things come into play, and are huge pieces of this puzzle. So to summarily dismiss all of these things as some kind of liberal hogwash is naive, in my opinion. I think Mr. Watson is on to something with his critique of multiculturalism, especially in Western Europe, with guilt-ridden white liberal intellectuals and politicians committing political suicide with some of their domestic responses. 

But the issue is bigger, and slightly more historical than he is giving it credit for, and I am not sure why.  

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this issue? Is it bigger than not putting up a fence? Is something more historical at play? Is this a response to foreign, interventionist policy from the west? Or is the problem solely the failure of multiculturalism? And if it is that, what is the solution? What is the solution generally? 

Let's talk about it in the comments. 

And lastly, do penguins have knees? 

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