That’s all they need, you see. The big lugs. Just a little love. That’s all. They’re just misunderstood, you see, and unloved. Let’s give them a big hug, everybody, shall we? Come on, group hug! Just be careful of those bomb belts!
Seriously, I am all for loving one’s enemies and praying for them. I don’t think those things should or can replace an adequate and well-informed self-defense.
“‘He Who Dares Wins,'” from SkyNews, with thanks to Beaglehound:
The Archbishop of York has urged the nation to unite and turn would-be suicide bombers into friends by building “an inclusive circle of love”.
Dr John Sentamu said it was not enough to rely on the security services and tough laws to combat the killers.
During his presidential address to the General Synod of the Church of England, he said the country needed to “out-imagine, out-plan and out-think” would-be bombers….
And he said the grievances which would-be bombers use as a reason to kill must be addressed.
The archbishop said the country also needed to “wake up to the truth that those who mastermind the terrorist network are brilliant at inspiring those who come to their cause by giving them a vision which tragically is used solely for evil ends”.
Ah, those poor brilliant misunderstood geniuses.
He said: “As the SAS motto says, ‘He who dares wins!’ That is, out-imagine your enemy.
“Offering a vision of wholeness in a compelling and imaginative way that is so persuasive that would be bombers would come to see this as their own vision.
“A vision that would turn them from outsiders, self-excluding and deluded despisers of others, into belongers.
Ah. Of course. Why didn’t we think of that before? The poor things, they just want to be belongers!
“A vision which will help them to see that those they seek to destroy are their own brothers and sisters regardless of their religious affiliations.
Well, Archbishop, you see, that will require they overhaul their Islamic principles. Good luck with that.
“Together, we can out-imagine, out-plan and out-think would-be bombers and turn would-be enemies into friends by building an inclusive circle of love.”
Don’t forget to put daisies into the barrels of the rifles while you’re at it.