In the interview, Dr. Warner and Vlad talk about the template used by political leaders (in this case, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio) when reacting to news of Islamic terrorist attacks. In my opinion, additional talking points need to be added to that template, but first let’s hear what Vlad and Bill Warner have to say:
Here’s my expanded list of what we can normally expect in the template used by media anchors and political leaders when reacting to an incident of Islamic terror. Call it:
Seven Talking Points for Countering Violent Extremism
|1.||Nothing to do with Islam
This is the most important point, and usually comes first. The functionary or media talking head who says this is not a Muslim, and has little or no knowledge of Islam or Islamic law. He may trot out a taqiyya specialist from the “Muslim community” to reassure the audience that what he says is correct, but he will have no information of his own to back it up.
|2.||No connection with terrorism
This means that there is no terrorist command structure (al Qaeda, the Islamic State, etc.) that ordered the attack. It’s important for the security agencies to establish this fact; otherwise they would have failed in their duty to prevent such an attack. If it’s just one “lone wolf”, who inexplicably was “radicalized”, it’s unfortunate and tragic, but there’s really nothing they can do to prevent it.
|3.||The perpetrator has a history of psychological problems
In other words, this isn’t Islam; it’s mental illness. The possibility that psychopathy and Islam have an natural affinity for one another is never examined.
|4.||He was radicalized online
So we can’t do anything about it unless we crack down on the internet — which, by the way, we really should do.
Subtext: In order not to discriminate against Muslims, we have to crack down on “right-wing extremist” websites, too.
|5.||We must beware of any backlash
Subtext: Right-wing extremists are salivating after opportunities like this to go out and attack Muslims and other people of color. We will make sure that doesn’t happen, by giving even more protection and special favors to the Islamic community.
|6.||A tragedy such as this one will strengthen us as a community
By doing more “outreach”, and holding more “interfaith” events, and engaging in dialogue, our diverse community will be stronger and more open and etc blah yak.
|7.||We won’t let it change our way of life
We will keep on shopping. And going to raves. And drinking ourselves into a stupor. Nothing can stop us!