How Did the Manchester Bomber Become Radicalized?

A friend of mine on Facebook posed the question pointing out the nature of the Manchester bomber, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for.

He highlighted that the bomber was a British national, born and raised in the UK, and that his parents were Libyan refugees.

He posed the question:

“How did a UK national, born and raised in the U.K. devolve to the point of being willing to blow himself up in a terror attack?”

This was my response:

How did a UK national become radicalized?

Simple – the abandonment and self-flagellation of the UK’s traditional, Anglo-European, Christian culture and values – the same ones Canada once possessed and similarly abandoned.

My parents immigrated to Canada too but because the indigenous, Westernized culture was strong, my parents recognized the value of integration and assimilation into it and made an intentional effort to make sure my brother and I, born in this country, were as well.

That is why I do not consider myself Chinese or Filipino. The Chinese and Filipino flag don’t mean much to me and many of the cultural practices of those nations I find repugnant and backwards.

My parents raised me to abide by the Anglo-European, Christendom values Canada once embodied because they recognized how superior they were to their own native ones.

Today, the West has become culturally anemic with no sense of identity and purpose – and as a consequence, immigrants have no reason or incentive to adopt it’s cultural practices as their own and to teach them to their children.

Combine that with stagnating economies with fewer and fewer opportunities, especially for young people, and you have all the ingredients necessary to ferment extreme actions like what happened in Manchester and what are happening with increasing frequency and ferocity.

The only way to end that is to establish a strong sense of regional culture and identity.

To build up loyalties to the local community, as opposed to the global one.

To promote integration and assimilation to the local majority, not diversity and segregation of any foreign minority.

To give all people a sense of purpose derived by the people in closest proximity to them, who have the greatest impact on their lives and who their own actions have the greatest impact upon.

I do not see any of this happening within Canadian Confederation anytime soon.

One thought on “How Did the Manchester Bomber Become Radicalized?

  1. Building loyalties is difficult for Nations but easy for religions. Nation States have only been around since the 1600’s. Religions and ideologies on the other hand have a bit of a head start on creating loyalties.

    Which is why Islam can be so powerful. It is both a religion and an ideology that inspires a level of fanaticism that would be impossible for a Nation as diverse as Canada.

    That ability to create loyalties, and as a result a compliant and obedient members, is also why we see similar methods being used to advance Scientism and the political ideology of it’s adherents.

    The result is a deepening of fractures in society, making it more difficult to create a sense of purpose based on geography and local community and in the case of an empire the size of Canada, 10 million sq/km, making it impossible to have a common sense of purpose or goals.

    Which suggests that Confederation needs to break up, or be re-negotiated to have each member determine it’s own way, it’s own society, sooner rather than later.


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