Jo Cox’s murderer shouldn’t be called a terrorist for the same reason why a petty dope dealer shouldn’t be called a Narco. You get that label based on your clout and affiliation.
Everybody can sell drugs to average Joes and rough up clients who are late on their debts. But only a serious, organized criminal can rely on a traditional, well-established and structured world-wide conspiracy. A network that benefits from the massive complicity of elected officials, financial elites, ideologues and common people. They don’t rough you up, they destroy the nation you live in.
This applies to terrorism as well.
Unfortunately many of us are having a hard time admitting this. Some also have a hard time admitting that times have changed and that, well, Nazism was defeated. Our media thinks that those mostly blonde, sharply-dressed socialists are still onto us. Their fear causes confusion. Their confusion makes them using the “right-wing-extremist-racist-group” tag quite loosely.
The media’s weakest narrative occurs when Slavic jocks clash with French cops during the Eurocup. But their favored one occurs when lone white assailants go on killing sprees. These wackos show no long-term strategy, have no backup and, most importantly, receive zero public support. At best, these guys are the disenfranchised, trailer trash junkies of terrorism.
We’ll talk about the threat posed by “militant-white-supremacists-far-right organizations” when thousands of Dylan Roofs and Anders Breiviks are financed, encouraged and applauded by entire countries.
We should stop Nazi-washing foreign enemy forces just because they are too non-white and too-non-Christian for our PC society to openly loath.
Let’s drop this Progressive Man’s Guilt-complex that borders with a White Man’s Burden God-complex that implies that everything must be about us. That everything is because of us. That other cultures can’t have agency of their own. That they can’t make things happen if we don’t enable them first. That they can’t represent a threat to us.
Let’s stop being so stubbornly self-centered and finally give credit to these exotic terror powers for their far superior, successful, unique, independent, influential and destabilizing militant actions.
It’s been long overdue.