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Saturday, April 08, 2006

I'm a Terrorist Groupie, Hear Me Roar!

By Aussiegirl

A very long but very important essay on the ways that Western movies and media are actually absorbing the messages of the terrorists, and in trying to understand our enemies, are helping them destroy us.

I�m a Terrorist Groupie, Hear Me Roar! | The Brussels Journal

I have heard some people say that Western popular culture will destroy Islam. That is possible, but we need to remember that this is not a one-way street. What if the opposite happens? Sometimes the barbarians also influence the civilized people, and there is a disturbing amount of “understanding” for terrorists in Western movies and media these days. Creeps come crawling out of the woodwork, more or less cheering for the terrorists who are trying to bring society down. There are probably always people who are drawn to blood and mayhem. They would like to destroy the current political order, but are not capable of doing it themselves, so they end up as cheerleaders for those who are attempting to do so. Let’s call them “terrorist groupies.” I’m not just talking about the Oscar-nominated suicide bomber film Paradise Now. There are others examples of this mentality.

[...] For an outsider, it is sad to see the nation that once faced down Hitler and Napoleon slowly succumb to these barbarians. It is good that smaller nations such as Denmark and maybe the Netherlands are at least starting to confront the Islamic threat, but this is not enough. For the sake of Europe, we need some of the larger countries to do the same thing. France is sinking into a quagmire of problems of her own, and has been leading the creation of Eurabia in the first place. Maybe the Germans could do the job, but they are still restrained by their guilt complex from WW2. We need the British on board, and so far, there are few signs of this happening. Will Britannia forever be enslaved, or will she rise to the occasion as she has done in the past?

[...] Phyllis Chesler writes about the Culture War in academia, where both Western leftists and Islamists employ a systematic misuse of language, writing about “insurgents,” not “terrorists,” whom they describe as “martyrs,” not “killers, and as “freedom fighters,” not as “well educated evil men.” Meanwhile, hateful anti-American and anti-Israel demonstrators are described as “peace activists. She believes that Western academia has been “utterly Palestinianized.” Our Islamist opponents have turned out this propaganda non-stop around the world. As propagandists, they are “far more sophisticated than Goebbels, and far more patient

[...] V.S. Naipaul has called India “a wounded civilization.” But maybe it is really Europe that is the wounded civilization, the difference being that India’s wounds were inflicted from the outside, whereas Europe’s wounds are largely self-inflicted. Islam is not destroying Europe, Europe is destroying itself. Just as a patient with AIDS may formally die from flu or even a common cold, the real cause is the long, slow decay of his immune system. It resembles euthanasia on an entire civilization: Europe is tired of living. Islam just puts it out of its misery.

It is almost fascinating to see how self-loathing and West-bashing make scores of people in the media and the academia misunderstand and misrepresent the threat we are facing. The good guys become the bad guys and vice versa, or alternatively, we’re all equally good and bad, since all cultures are equal. Some would say that I am reading too much into a few simple movies. Perhaps. But these are the same people that claim that popular culture will destroy Islam.

Pop culture matters. It both reflects and shapes the values of a civilization. Judging from the message in too many films, almost five years after 9/11 we have hardly even begun to understand the scale of the Islamic challenge. On the contrary, many Westerners are busy demonstrating “understanding,” even sympathy, towards the enemies of civilization.


COMMENTS:

SallyVee said
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I couldn't agree more. The Pop Culture is killing me, and I'm a patriot and champion of Western Civ. I guess you could say Hollywood-Media is engineering a self fulfilling prophecy... the more it churns out raw sewage, the more it seems like America really has become a river of sewage, and the less inclined I am to feel there is anything left to fight for. That's how I've been feeling for months, despite avid attempts to escape the culture... it's impossible to escape, in point of fact. By my goodness, we have such white teeth and low cholesterol!

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At 1:32 AM, Anonymous SallyVee said...

I couldn't agree more. The Pop Culture is killing me, and I'm a patriot and champion of Western Civ. I guess you could say Hollywood-Media is engineering a self fulfilling prophecy... the more it churns out raw sewage, the more it seems like America really has become a river of sewage, and the less inclined I am to feel there is anything left to fight for. That's how I've been feeling for months, despite avid attempts to escape the culture... it's impossible to escape, in point of fact. By my goodness, we have such white teeth and low cholesterol!

 

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