EXPOSING DEHUMANIZATION May 14, 2012Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, Terrorism Issues.
The US and its’ allies are engaged in operations in Muslim countries. One person’s counter-terrorism is another’s terrorism.
In these cases of murdering others, the perpetrators have to dehumanize those whom you would kill while making themselves as killers somehow special. So from this perspective, given that the war of terrorism is waged against Islam adversaries, it is not surprising that extreme Anti-Islam course material has surfaced.
Al Jazeera’s Inside Story reviewed the most recent example of the two instances of such course material coming to public attention. The suggestion is made that the material can be linked back to the Strategic Engagement Group, who as well train police officers.The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey, in response to the earlier exposure of similar material said,“It was totally objectionable, against our values and it wasn’t academically sound”.
The Inside Story:
Barbara Hans and Julia Jüttner at Speigel report on an “experiment” conducted on the streets of Bonn:
Last Saturday, at around 3 p.m., the enemies stood face to face. They were separated by just a few meters, one police vehicle and hundreds of officers. The facedown was the result of a calculated, staged provocation.
“Now, we are going to show the caricatures,” said a member of the right-wing populist Pro-NRW group.
It was an announcement that resembled a scientific experiment: How an action is followed by a reaction. The anti-Islamists from Pro-NRW made sure that they got what they wanted. One member climbed onto another’s shoulders, police say, to ensure that the gathered Salafists would get a good look at the Muhammad caricature drawn by Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Violence ensued. Rocks and bottles were hurled by the Salafists, and one even drew a knife and stabbed two officers. In the end, 29 police were injured.
“Deport them! Deport them!” yelled the Pro-NRW people.
“Death to the infidels!” screamed the Salafists.
The experiment was a success and an escalation of violence was the result. And that is exactly how the right-wing mini-party Pro-NRW wants it. The Saturday march was one of a series of 25 such events, at which the group displayed anti-Islam caricatures in front of Muslim facilities.
The article then attempts to delve into the extremist mind. They write:
Extremism needs to play the role of victim, just as it needs to demonstrate its power. When large numbers of Salafists come together to pray on the streets, it can also be a demonstration of power, similiar to those conducted by “Black Bloc” radicals at (anti-globalization or anti-capitalism) protests, says Miliopoulos. “Individuals become part of a large mass,” he says.
Salafists and Islamophobes are united by a yearning for purity, a desire to establish homogeneous societies — united either by religious beliefs or ideological convictions. “Each group is convinced that it represents the only correct worldview and seeks to exclude those who don’t share it,” Backes, from the Hannah Arendt Institute, says.
Pro-NRW shares its Islamophobic views with many other right-wing extremist groups. “Since Sept. 11, 2001, it has become clear that anti-Semitism has been on the wane and Islamophobia has taken its place,” says Backes.
Islamophobia is an ideological phenomenon that has taken place across Europe — in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Great Britain and elsewhere — and has become the core belief uniting right-wing groups.
As previously the economics of austerity are almost guaranteed to generate the politics of extremism and scapegoating.Fortunately, drone missile terrorism, makes any understanding of Muslim societies unnecessary, except for the relatively small group of people involved. Meanwhile the blundering failure and cruelty in Afghanistan, with one instance after another, and more multiple murder, cannot in any way be attributed to ignorance of the invaders.
Mike Gravel argues the US has recalibrated its moral compass in a detrimental way to the well being of the people of that country:
If you have read this far, and I don’t expect agreement with what I have said above or in the comments below, you will probably be interested in the politics of religion and therefore might be interested in Michael Lerner’s interview with Peter Beinart.
- Muslim groups face ban (scotsman.com)
- Germany accuses Islamist of attempted murder after stabbings (stripes.com)
- Germany: Devout Muslims Attack Police at Free Speech rally (iranaware.com)
- Salafist Muslims arrested as protest turns ugly (thelocal.de)
- Similar In The Extreme – How Right-Wing Extremists And Islamists Are The Same (freeinternetpress.com)
- Extremists Vs. Extremists – Salafists And Right-Wing Populists Battle in Bonn (freeinternetpress.com)
- Party plans Mohammed cartoons ‘election tactic’ (thelocal.de)