Islam & the Scotsman: moving the goals or looking for truth?

More attacks, more dead. Same battle cries, same denial. Candlelit vigils, mourning masses.

Seventeen Parisians and anywhere from 150 to 2,000 Nigerians in Baga. Vehement outrage or muted indifference … whatever the initial emotions, when it comes to trying to understand the ideological basis for the attacks, history is left at the door, as too is reason.

‘Why do they hate us?’ cries the grieving widow. ‘It’s not Islamic or a state,’ argues the President. ‘It’s not Islam,’ reason certain Sheiks.

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