Originally Posted by wojt
I think by academics you might mean great islamic scholar Reza Aslan so then I can hardly argue with that. Or you maybe mean renowned sociologists like this one http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6607832
trying to research a link between being an engineer and becoming an islamic terrorist
Well at least for Reza and for guys here I can understand tribal knee jerk reaction to defend your own people, so I will cut you some slack
Still, not everytime person from ME goes on rampage it's islamic terrorism(vide iranian guy in Germany) but very often it is. If you did actually care to follow this thread there were countless examples of that and it usual practise of police(especially in Germany) to do as much as possible to hide these facts from public.
1) German statistics I posted earlier didn't show ME refugees had a greater propension to commit crimes. I seem to remember your fellow eastern Europeans being much more likely to fuck shit up which doesn't surprise me due to your cultural inferiority.
2) With that being said there have been cases of downplaying events and statistics which is indeed deplorable (not sure I'd say the German police is doing as much as possible to hide these facts though). This quote I already posted sorta discusses their stupid thinking:
"The politically correct vision enacts a weird reversal of racist hatred of Otherness-it stages a kind of mockingly Hegelian negation/sublation of openly racist dismissal and hatred of the Other, of the perception of the Other as the Enemy which poses a threat to our way of life. In the PC vision, the Other's violence against us, deplorable and cruel as it may be, is always a reaction against the "original sin" of our (white man's imperialist, colonialist, etc.) rejection and repression of Otherness. We, white men, are responsible and guilty, the Other just reacts as a victim; we are to be condemned, the Other is to be understood; ours is a domain of morals (moral condemnation), whilst that of others involves sociology (social explanation). It is, of course, easy to discern how, beneath the mask of extreme self-humiliation and self-blame, such a stance of true ethical masochism repeats racism in its very form: although negative the proverbial "white man's burden" is still here-we, white men, are the subjects of History, whilst others ultimately react to our (mis)deeds. In other words, it is as if the true message of the PC moralistic self-blame is: we can no longer be the model of democracy and civilization for the rest of the world, we can at least be the model of Evil."
You'll note that it also helps the far-right convince a greater swath of the population that they are the only truth-tellers out there.
3) Saying the motivation is "religious" though is entirely wrong as it doesn't play an important role even when it comes to modern, logistically and ideologically assisted, European jihadists. Once again this is a major difference with the old guard of contemporary Western Islamic terrorism (Al Qaeda) where religious training and motivations were central. Most of these kids don't even speak proper arabic and are hardly religious or learned. They come to religion THROUGH terrorism and not the other way around and the whole thing is quite superficial.