Thomas Wictor

Accountability is the solution to all our problems

Accountability is the solution to all our problems

Today I read two pieces written by Muslims trying to explain the mayhem taking place across the world. Both writers miss the mark. What’s happened is that every culture on earth has purged itself of accountability. That’s all.

Accountability would prevent this

Kamel Daoud’s piece is titled “The Sexual Misery of the Arab World.”

The attacks on Western women by Arab migrants in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve evoked the harassment of women in Tahrir Square itself during the heady days of the Egyptian revolution. The reminder has led people in the West to realize that one of the great miseries plaguing much of the so-called Arab world, and the Muslim world more generally, is its sick relationship with women.

It’s a good piece, but it isn’t accurate. In even the most maniacal theocracy on the planet—the Islamic Republic of Iran—you can find sex. What you do is “marry” a prostitute, and then divorce her. It’s a perfect example of obeying the letter of the law but not its spirit.

The reason so many Muslim men behave the way they do is that accountability doesn’t apply to them. In their own countries, women are covered in order to keep men from being tempted.


When these men come to western countries, the laws against sexual assault are waived for them. It’s pure insanity. And evil.

Despite the endless bad news, I’m convinced that the current phase is temporary. What angry westerners want is a formal Islamic Reformation. Well, that’s a pipe dream. In the west, our approach is this.

That’s not how they do things in the Middle East. And when it comes to Islam, doing things that way will get you killed. However, there are reformers in the Middle East. They had to wait until they had built up armed forces that the maniacs couldn’t defeat.

This is King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2005.


The soldiers in the green berets are from the Saudi Royal Guard Regiment. They used to be light infantry, meaning they were conventional forces.

Here’s Abdullah’s successor King Salman in Egypt.


Note that the Saudi Royal Guard in the right front wears the black beret of the Special Forces, and he has eight qualification badges. Not only that, the emblem on his upper left chest is a US Army Senior Parachutist badge with a gold combat star. That means he was attached to American Special Forces and went on at least five wartime missions with them.

And to the left of the US Army badge is a US Navy or US Marine Corps Senior Parachutist badge. If it’s a navy badge, my guess is that the Guard was also trained as a SEAL.

Behind King Salman is a Royal Guard brigadier general with a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal badge (second from left), and behind the general is another guard with a US Navy or US Marine Corps Parachutist badge.

The reformers are doing things slowly and without fanfare. They’re patient. More importantly, they’re smart. Their timing is perfect. They know exactly when to persuade and when to smash. All I can do is marvel at the brilliance.

Accountability kills temptation

I’ll tell you a disturbing story. In 1999 a twelve-year-old girl tried to seduce me. I’d known her since she was three. Her family lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place where people destroy their children in the name of politics. “Leni” had parents who were incapable of forming emotional attachments to her, due to their own narcissism.

They encouraged Leni to express herself by looking and acting as provocatively as possible. Leni was a dead ringer for the French twelve-year-old below.


She’s a model named Thylane Loubry Blondeau. Take a wild guess about the future trajectory of her life.

Since I’d known Leni’s family for so long, I was often left alone with her. On this day, the parents went off to a worthless group navel-gazing session, the type of which are common in the Bay Area. You get together with a few dozen people and take turns saying, “I, I, I, me, me, me, I, I, I, me, me, me.”

The parents went to their meeting, and Leni announced that she was going to take a shower. Afterward, she came into the living room wearing a terrycloth bathrobe. With a kind of cringing leer, she started to untie the belt.

“Go put on your clothes, kiddo,” I said.

“Why?” she asked saucily.

“Because it’s what civilized people do.”

The belt came undone, and she began to open the robe.

I got up, grabbed her by the shoulders, spun her around, and bum-rushed her into her room. She dug in her heels, but I was more than twice as heavy as she was. Once in her room, she slammed the door as hard as she could. When she came out dressed, she pretended that nothing had happened. Later that day I wrote her parents a letter, explaining what Leni had done. They immediately ended our relationship.

It would’ve been the easiest thing in the world to let Leni have her way. Nobody would’ve found out.

But it still would’ve been wrong.

Accountability means “I did it”

The second piece I read today is by Majid Nawaz: “Europe Organizes, Rationalizes, and Industrializes Hate (Again).” Though another good read, it has flaws.

Being Muslim is the new bogeyman…

In the name of their own ideological experiment driven by identity politics, the anti-fascists not only ignore, but wholeheartedly defend the stranglehold Islamists have over Europe’s Muslim communities…

Years ago, when Bin Laden launched his war on “the West,” contrary to being a madman with no plan, he told us exactly what he wanted to achieve. By making non-Muslims pay for the decisions of governments he didn’t like, Bin Laden wanted to make Western populations turn on their own governments, and turn on their Muslims citizens, too.

The consequences of this would be that politicians become spineless in dealing with the jihadist insurgency in the Middle East, while Muslims in the West are alienated and isolated by wider society, leaving them with no refuge apart from seeking their own state—a jihadist caliphate.

Wrong on all points. I wrote about Jasmine El Youssi, survivor of the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, November 13, 2015.


Here’s what she said.

I grew up in a Moroccan family but I’m a Parisian girl. And the worst thing that happened to me, happened to this country and I’ve never felt so connected to this country than now. Those people died because they just wanted to live. They died because they wanted to enjoy music and a beer with their friends or because they were walking in the wrong street. Everybody is crying for the dead people.

Remember the Charlie Hebdo massacre of January 7, 2015? A Muslim police officer named Ahmed Merabet was killed, and people began lauding him by saying “Je suis Ahmed.” Almost nobody seemed to care about Officer Franck Brinsolaro, the very first person to be murdered.


Merabet was ambushed; Brinsolaro was assigned to protect Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier and thus knew full well that his life was in danger.

Muslims are not the new boogeymen.

Islamists don’t have a stranglehold over Europe’s Muslim communities. If that were true, there would be no Jasmine El Youssis or Ahmed Merabets. Every Muslim who becomes a terrorist does so out of free will.

Muslims in the west are not isolated, alienated, or rejected. Most of the ones who want a jihadist caliphate aren’t even religious. The Paris Islamic State cell was comprised of promiscuous pot smokers who never went to the mosque. They’d developed anhedonia from having their self-indulgent lifestyles subsidized by the state, so they sleepwalked into terrorism.

Accountability and bin Laden

Finally, Osama bin Laden was one of the most voluble terrorists who ever lived. He was probably still talking when the US Navy SEALs killed him. Majid Nawaz said that bin Laden wanted the west to turn on its own governments and its Muslims.

No. Bin Laden wanted the world to convert to Islam. He said so in plain language.

What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?

The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.

The second thing we call you to, is to stop your oppression, lies, immorality and debauchery that has spread among you. We call you to be a people of manners, principles, honour, and purity; to reject the immoral acts of fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling, and trading with interest.

Osama bin Laden was delusional. He thought that defeating the incompetent, drug-addicted, disease-ridden Soviet Army meant that he could take over the world.


Accountability. Bin Laden never faced it. From December 29, 2023 until September 11, 2001, al Qaeda carried out an escalating series of attacks against American interests. We didn’t react. As though it happened hours ago, I can instantly relive the day Bin Laden declared war on the US: August 23, 1996. I was listening to a radio talk show, guest-hosted by Kevin Pollack.


“Some guy declared war on the US,” he said. “I can’t remember his name. Oh yeah! It sounds like something Jerry Lewis would say: Bin LAAAADEN! Bin LAAAADEN!

Can you imagine? There was once a time when we didn’t know of Osama bin Laden.

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