The recent terrorist attack in Berlin has once again raised fears about the activities of the fanatic groups such as #ISIS. While we read the numbers of dead and injured we must understand that there is a second level of victims to each attack, the Moslem communities as a whole. It is easy to blame all Moslems for the attacks, as some unscrupulous politicians are doing, but the other Moslems and in particular the refugees fleeing the war zones are themselves victims of these same groups. Blaming them for the dead and wounded does nothing to solve the problem, it only makes it worse.

Blame game

Unfortunately, human nature is such that people seek someone to blame and all too often take out their fears and frustrations on those who have no link to the terrorists.

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These may be the recent refugees from war zones or even Moslems who had already migrated years before. Sadly this is the very behavior that fanatics seek to raise by their attacks. The West thus becomes their unwitting accomplices.

Refugees are not a new problem, after World War 2 they were called “displaced persons” and then just as now there were amongst them war criminals seeking to escape justice for their crimes. In fact, in some cases, people labeled as DPs were actually brought in by the Russians and the American secret services to assist in the Cold War that had effectively already begun at the Yalta Conference or to act as double agents in other countries. Therefore it is naïve to think that ISIS and other such groups would not use similar tactics against the superpowers.

In seeking to place the blame on all Moslems for the behavior of what is effectively a very small minority of their population we create problems of integration for all Moslems migrants.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated this in her immediate reactions to the #Berlin attack. In fact, placing blame on the Moslems populations simply justifies the xenophobia of the populist groups that are present in every country.

Recruiting terrorists and foreign fighters

These attacks on local Moslems only create the conditions for the young Moslems, even those of second and third generation, to feel ostracized from their peers at school and work and therefore run the risk of being radicalized by the fanatics. This is a pattern we have seen time and time again with previous terrorist attacks and also in the profiles of those whose enlist as foreign fighters for ISIS.

Rather than blame all Moslems for the #Terrorism, which never happened towards Catholics and Protestants during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Western world should ask itself one important question. Why are young people born and raised in Western societies, often with criminal pasts, or former users of drugs and alcohol, in other words not exactly model Moslems, willing so enroll in the fanatic groups and also to undertake terrorist missions for them, even suicide missions?

These enrollments are the result of blaming all Moslems for the behavior of the few.

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Defeating terrorism

In the years of left wing terrorism in Europe, particularly in Italy with the Red Brigades and in Germany with the Red Army Faction, what proved to be the most successful tactic was to isolate the fanatics from their supporters and deny them the legitimacy of their actions. What the West is now doing with the driving possible recruits into the arms of the fanatics and increasing the risks to the population. We have forgotten the lesson from the past.

Once more Germany has shown the way and it is not to make the Moslems victims twice over, firstly by the fanatics and then by our own xenophobic behaviour. We must make them part of the solution. Without doubt the secret services already work with moderate groups within the communities around the world to eliminate the threats. Let us not make the job harder by creating recruits for those who threaten all societies and not just the West.