Source: The Guardian
By Joumanah El Matrah, who is the CEO of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and a PhD student at Swinburne University
Today’s terrorists are mostly troubled and isolated young men with a history of violence. Their only intention is to make their attacks – and themselves – matter
As terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and, more recently, Melbourne unfolded over the past weeks, we have all collapsed into bewildered dismay at the violence perpetrated.
Within the horror of these events, it is clear that things have changed.
Regardless of this change, the now familiar denunciations began: about the need to interrogate Islam, about the failure to hold Muslims to account, about our failure to take on extremists, and to have held too dearly to our liberal values of diversity and pluralism, and the evils of political correctness. Theresa May’s “enough is enough” heightened the intensity of these calls.
Whether we are trying to find answers or, for some, search for reasons to voice anti-Muslim vitriol, censuring Islam results in the same questions being asked and the same accusations being made. This ignores the fact that the violence being perpetrated today has changed from what it was. To stay narrowly focused on Islam impedes our understanding of this change.