History is replete with religious wars and religiously motivated warriors seeking rewards in the afterlife. Examples are found not only within the Muslim world but also in what is now called the West, countries that have adopted such lofty ideas as multiculturalism, diversity, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and, of course, “conflict resolution.”
Because these ideas have been presented as “modern” rather than Western, Poppe and millions like him have expected the rest of the world to quickly embrace them. That expectation turns out to have been mistaken. Mistakes have consequences. That is among the truths Hasan is communicating. Poppe and others in high office just don’t want to hear it.
Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security.