Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the least responsibility for the mayhem that has afflicted the Middle East since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Ramsay you are being way too generous in describing some US talking points as “pseudo-intellectualism.” Intellect has nothing to do with it. Consider the early and desperate attempts to sanitize and inoculate Jeb Bush from the disastrous reign of his buffoon brother. It is now GOP dogma that “the surge” was a great military and political victory. Without going into all the reasons that claim is just such utter bullshit there is some truth in calling it a political victory. Through the now hackneyed but still highly successful tactic of repeating a lie endlessly and having the propaganda readers of the msm echo it ad nauseum, the Bush bombers neatly created the mirage that they had successfully wrapped up this victory before leaving town while simultaneously dumping this disaster on the next administration, the public, and the VA (not to mention the abused Iraqis.)
I remember something I learned in high school: it’s that the kid who insisted that everyone else was gay, probably was hiding his own fear of being that very thing.
In response to this paragraph:
“That the Islamic State holds the imminent fulfillment of prophecy as a matter of dogma at least tells us the mettle of our opponent. It is ready to cheer its own near-obliteration, and to remain confident, even when surrounded, that it will receive divine succor if it stays true to the Prophetic model,” Wood concluded with the type of liberal positivism that has become as galling as religious zeal."
It’s AMAZING that there’s zero mention of the popular Fundamentalist Christian belief in End Times, and how this prophecy relates to events expected to occur in Jerusalem.
It is essentially a new Crusades mentality and one that in insisting that God wants an end to it all, sees no problem with war… particularly if it’s posited in the Middle East.
So just as Obama comes off as a sophisticated gentleman in disparaging the savage beheadings done by members of ISIS while leaving HIS drone-kill “track record” utterly out of the conversation, the frame that insists that Islamists suffer from a religious view that champions a great battle between religions worldviews takes the heat off the FACT that 50 million American fundamentalist Christians embrace their own version of THIS very thing.
Both have been long-conditioned by their spiritually delusional gatekeepers to identify with this fight to the bitter end. THAT is the great tragedy. Both religious teams share the same sociopathy!
The deceptions that are increasingly passed off as state policy or whitewashed over by Western leaders defy the moral imagination. These agendas would be penalized for the laws that they trespass against, were a justice-based Justice System still in place.
Great comment…thank you!
“When people are oppressed and human rights are denied - particularly along sectarian lines or ethnic lines - when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism. It creates an environment that is ripe for terrorists to exploit.” And crushing poverty not being addressed in any meaningful, productive way should have been added thus making the commentary also applicable in our own “exceptionalistic” nation (shining light on the hill, as it were). Finger-pointing goes in both directions.
Cannot help but agree with you, madam. Despite being a man (or perhaps more likely, because I have a moral viewpoint not dissimilar to your own).
“W” called it a “crusade” without hesitation, albeit one of his “from the gut” remarks.
But 2 things: religions are remarkably similar because they are predicated on the Zodiac and under our largely fascist styled government there are no longer televised, political debates on issues affecting every American citizen. Those debates, as well as magazines, newspapers, radio, etc., would have exposed every lie - and in those days politicians feared the body politic because we could punish them at the ballot box. Now, the elections gala determines nothing. The few exceptions will never see the light of day of influence.
What the government of the United States is doing today could never have happened pre-Ronnie Raygun.