The Shame of Sri Lanka and the West

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Christopher Holton | Center for Security Policy

The West is in trouble. The entirety of the political class of Western civilization is in complete denial. And the leader of the Free World, America, is largely to blame.

There was a horrific attack last weekend on our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka as they celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And on the Sunday news shows, all the talking heads could talk about was the old-news Mueller probe and the Russian collusion hoax, the same stories they’ve been forcing on viewers for 2 long years.

The fact is, because the attack on Christians occurred in a country made up of brown people, the so-called “mainstream” US news media just doesn’t care.

For years Boko Haram made blowing up Christian churches in Nigeria on Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday and Christmas a national sport. Al Shabaab carried out similar attacks in Kenya. It also occurred in Pakistan. The West barely took notice. Some of us managed to at least mention some of those attacks on our blogs and sites but the American news media largely ignored the story:

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Several years ago, Al Qaeda leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri made an announcement that Al Qaeda was turning east and forming Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. On Easter we saw the results of their work.  The attack itself may not have been the work of Al Qaeda, but it was Al Qaeda that spawned the Islamic State (which claimed credit for the attack in Sri Lanka) and focused attention on the subcontinent to begin with.

We may not view 300 dead and 500 wounded Sri Lankans as any big deal (shame on us), but I can assure you, our enemies see it as a big deal.

The problem in that for us is that, by their own doctrine success will–MUST– embolden them.

There’s a saying that nothing succeeds like success and the number 1 recruiting tool of Jihadists are successful attacks.

Maybe the West can get lucky and the Jihadis will only keep killing Christians halfway around the globe…it seems too many of us are content with that…but history suggests that allowing Jihadists to become stronger and emboldened anywhere produces unpredictable threats that can appear in unexpected locales.


Christopher Holton is Vice President for Outreach at the Center for Security Policy. Mr. Holton came to the Center after serving as president and marketing director of Blanchard & Co. and editor-in-chief of the Blanchard Economic Research Unit from 1990 to 2003. As chief of the Blanchard Economic Research Unit in 2000, he conceived and commissioned the Center for Security Policy special report “Clinton’s Legacy: The Dangerous Decade.” Holton is a member of the Board of Advisers of Follow Holton on Twitter @CHoltonCSP

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