Such fearful false bravado is the antithesis of calm and careful, strategically effective tactics.
I recently posted comments on the Jihad Watch blog where people were extolling the virtues of Pamela Geller’s spit-in-you-face cartoon show, featuring defamatory depictions of Mohammed. That was the event at which two terrorists were killed before they could attack.
It’s a strange thing that so many Americans still perpetuate the adolescent “We’re number one!” behavior at every opportunity, in this case with total disregard for others who think, feel or believe differently than they do. The majority of Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism but are deliberately, publicly insulted by the characterizations, which are perpetuated on that blog.
While Ms. Geller Is Jewish, America is often referred to as a “Christian nation”, our institutionalized violence being revered in such sports as football, which had its origins in the “Muscular Christianity” movement. Many countries, societies and cultures in our aggression-based world have their rough and even violent sports; boxing and now the UFC are ubiquitous. Along with our own propensity for violence we have a shameless disregard for honesty; winning at any cost is the unspoken – or spoken – rule of the game. And it’s all a game to many here.
But this kind of disrespectful, defamatory behavior is ineffective in dealing with the realities and unpredictability that are even now being warned about by intelligence agencies, etc. They certainly don’t help either in bridging the communication gap and encouraging understanding between people. The terrorists aren’t intimidated by such ill thought out nonsense. To the contrary, it’s making some “targeting” much easier and contributes to their recruiting the disenfranchised, the vulnerable, etc., to their murderous cause. It’s said that our policies in the Middle East not only created such entities as Al Qaeda but also continued to result in more and more terrorists being recruited to their cause. Ms. Geller and her supporters, with their own form of bullying, are now continuing to serve that foul purpose, ignorant as they are of cause and…effect.
But these cowardly, impotent acts make some people feel as if they’re really doing…something, now that they’ve taken a moment to look up from their cell phones, video games, TVs, sports and realized that suddenly they and their families are now at risk, right here at home, that these things aren’t just happening to someone else, to those people over there, etc. Such fearful false bravado is the antithesis of calm and careful, strategically effective tactics. When Ms. Geller talks about “wearing a bulletproof vest” to the next ill-conceived fiasco, a stupid kind of “Go on, I dare you to try!” gesture, she neglects to consider not only any and everyone else who’d be put at risk but also that there are some things that the vest are completely useless against. I won’t go giving any more ideas to those who are already working on their plans for carnage; some of our overly competitive TV shows have already provided plenty of scenarios to pick from.
It’s no secret that there have long been not only the disaffected here at home but dedicated sleeper cells such as give concern to intelligence and police agencies. It doesn’t help that the kind of organized military action at home looks like it’s more to prepare for the two coming civil wars and breakdown of the US also foretold by Meier. One doesn’t have to be conspiratorially mined to wonder just why such exercises are being done here when we’ve already failed to seal our own borders, use appropriate military force against the ever encroaching drug traffickers, etc.
I was attacked on the blog for trying to encourage people to be reasonable, despite pointing out that Billy Meier first warned about the real dangers from fundamentalist Islamic terrorism in 1958 and that we’ve tried to do our part to get a petition to the White House calling for an international military force. So, the easily incited flail about, blustering against anyone who would pose rational criticisms and questions, talk about their faith in their imaginary, equally impotent gods and saviors to bail us out of our long, long self-created mess. They also forget that the god of the Old Testament was a maniacal, genocidal terrorist himself, commanding as well as participating in the deaths of thousands, according to that particular holy book. Ms. Geller is an outspoken supporter of Israel, which oppresses the rights of the Palestinians for who conditions in Gaza are described as intolerable.
In case you want to peruse all the comments there you’ll get insight into the mindset of these folks. I’ve been blocked from responding further, which has spared the various anonymous online heroes, tin soldiers and worshippers of tin gods any more of my pointing out that we’re needlessly bringing even more misery down upon ourselves.
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The Dangerous Arrogance and Ignorance of Pamela Geller originally appeared on They Fly Blog on May 11, 2015.
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