Recent reports coming in from Western Europe and North America state that attacks on Muslims are on the rise once again. Sadly, these attacks are conducted regularly and at specific intervals. If they are indeed carried out systematically, we must consider the fact that they are the result of a certain policy. The latest attack was on a mosque in Toronto, Canada, as worshipers completed their tarawih prayers—a communal prayer specific to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan—and were leaving the premises. Reports state that the shooters randomly started opening fire.
Attacks on Muslims in Western countries are the reflection of a well-thought-out and well-planned policy. The contending political parties in France are seriously discussing the subject of “what must be done about the Muslims” as the presidential elections are underway. There is a certain degree of discrepancy between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, yet it is crystal clear that the matter is being politicized. Within this context, France, in particular, has been systematically sustaining the marginalization of Muslims since the late 1980s. What we really need to focus on is that those representing the French deep state have turned toward a more general policy through this approach. Thus, France is forming legitimate grounds for its aggressive policy in both its former colonies in Africa and the East Mediterranean. In this respect, the aggressive policy targeting Muslims creating a larger voter base among the French public can be ascertained as the successful implementation of this policy. The attacks that sparked in Canada are also a response to the pursuit of a new policy through anti-Muslim sentiment.
The 1991 invasion of Iraq was the start of a new era between the Islamic world and West European and North American countries. The same countries invaded Iraq for a second time in 2003, displaying that they were, indeed, acting on a common policy aimed at the central Muslim geography. They wanted to legitimize the West’s belligerence through its values policy in the eyes of the Western public and the whole world. The conflict appeared to be between democracy and totalitarian regimes. They had expressed the same joy and ebullience while declaring the victory of liberal democracy when the Cold War period ended as well. They started seeking a value-based regime change in East European countries, as well as in Egypt and Turkey, but failed. The failure in Turkey had the potential to change equilibriums. Turkey could have transformed into a power capable of impacting its near region, and cause shocking developments throughout. Turkey could influence non-Muslim countries as well.
The terrorism accusations against Muslims gradually declined after 2013, and Islam was not associated with terrorism for a long time. There were interpretations along the lines that as a belief system, Islam bred terrorism. However, shortly the number of attacks against Muslims in Western countries escalated greatly. It was known that the liberal democracy partiality in Turkey corresponded to an ideological approach. Liberal conservatives also adopted a similar approach, and religiously at that. The fact that these groups perceive the developments of the past three decades through a Eurocentric view is only natural. They evaluate incidents that break out anywhere in the world based on Western values. Thus, from their viewpoint, it is almost impossible to see the terrorist attacks on Muslims in France, Canada, or other countries. These incidents fall within their blind spots. Even if they were to be made aware, they would identify them as accidental. Hence, claiming that Western values are diminishing is out of the question for them. Similarly, it is senseless to bring up their aggressive attitude toward their former colony countries as well. Because totalitarian regimes are dominant in those states, with no foreign powers. Hence, they need to turn within when looking for someone to blame. The scope of value-based discrimination was expanded after the Ukraine war, and Russia was included within the category of the “East” once again after the 1990s.
The U.S. and U.K.’s provocative role in the Ukraine war has been greatly emphasized, which is critical in itself. However, to better assess global developments, we need to specify that Russia and Ukraine are not the only countries that were provoked: Western European countries fall within this scope as well.