FOX NEWS’ SHEP SMITH DESCRIBES GRAPHIC VIDEO OF ISIS SAVAGES BURNING CAGED JORDANIAN PILOT ALIVE
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WHAT SORT OF HUMANS CAN BE CAPABLE OF THE EVIL VENALITY OF BEHEADING OR BURNING ALIVE THEIR ENEMIES/CAPTIVES?
In response to the first beheadings of American journalists, even America’s most politically-correct media outlets (for example, CNN, “The NY Times” and even “The Washington Post”) began to use the biblical term, “evil”, to describe the actions of the fanatical ISA jihadists responsible for these inhumane crimes.
But in terms of the psychological and socio-cultural underpinnings of this global jihadist movement, how can we define “evil” in such contexts?
Well, as revealed to me by the viewing matter of my Ipad-savvy grandchildren – and an iconic Hollywood box-office hit vampire film (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) — teens in North America, these days, have become surprisingly (to me anyway) interested in vampires and zombies, and other forms of the so-called “Undead”
And here, I believe, we can get our first hint about the nature of good and evil:
Perhaps we should call our newest biblical source, “The New Hollywood Testament”:
According to “Wikipedia”, vampires and zombies exist in some twilight, indeterminate zone between life and death; and I believe that the same can be said of those humans who are genuinely evil.
These evil forces of darkness (particularly today’s fanatical Islamist jihadists) can only manage to live what I would call a quasi “inauthentic” life — in which they derive life from their own sufferings and from the sufferings they inflict on others.
Only in experiencing severe pain can such evil forces assure themselves that they are still ALIVE, since without their pain (and suffering) they would feel like they were dead.
They would rather cling to this obscene enjoyment of forcing others and themselves to suffer, which is a kind of nothingness — an inability to live truly – rather than risk the much more terrifying nothingness of having ceased to exist.
So, only by spreading chaos and nihilism in the world, are they able to fill the frightful vacuum at the center of their being.
Proceeding further with this thought, perhaps the “evil” are those who simply can’t abide the empty vacuum of nothingness at their core — the hollow, empty humans that they are (typical of most al-Quaeda recruits) — and so try to stifle this (mental) vacuum of “inauthenticity”, by creating even more nothingness around them — in the form of murder, destruction, ethnic cleansing and even inhumane beheadings and caged “Islamist BBQs” (as described in today’s referenced news story of the burning alive of a caged and screaming -- in agony -- Jordanian helicopter pilot).
Of course, today’s fanatical jihadists frequently find their own version of evil in the world, embodied in some alien figures outside themselves: Jews, educated women, gays (“homosexuals”), and imperialist American foreigners.
But laying violent hands on those who embody your perception of negativity will not bring you any closer to murdering the non-being at the heart of yourself, since that personal ‘inauthenticy’ is the core of your empty sense of self.
And according to Sigmund Freud, the death drive that dominates such nihilists is a repressed expression of the “oedipal crisis” that besets most humans — with its passion to subjugate and possess all rivals.
THE RELEVANCE OF OEDIPUS TO OUR DISCUSSION
“Am I now a man,” Homer’s classical god hero — Oedipus — asks, “only when I am now no longer human?”
From my perspective, what Homer implies, in his classic story, is that to be stripped of our culture and civilization is perhaps to cease to be human altogether, since it’s this civilized instinct which constitutes authentic humanity.
Hence, the lesson of this classical sage may be that today’s “inhumans” (jihidists who fear the nothingness at the core of their being) may go to monstrous lengths to annihilate their sense of inauthentic self — and consequently annihilate every human obstacle in their path!
WHAT DOES THE HOLY BIBLE OF ISLAM SAY ABOUT JIHADISM AND SUBJUGATING THE UNBELIEVERS?
There is still a divisive debate being conducted, among Muslims across the globe, regarding the “true” interpretation of Islam’s holy scripture.
So, at this point, in my long response, let me allow you to inform yourself (if you’re interested) by reading one of the best commentaries on the subject which I’ve found on the Web.
So here it is again – the complete unabridged edition – as I’ve referenced it, on this site, on several other occasions:
TWO FACES OF ISLAM?
THE TWO FACES OF ISLAM
By Richard Butrick, American Thinker, August 31 2014
[RICHARD BUTRICK'S KNOWLEDGEABLE COMMENTARY IS CUT & PASTED, IN ITS ENTIRETY, IMMEDIATELY BELOW:]
One face [interpretation of Islam's most holy book] is for Islam’s useful idiots; the other face is for Islam’s faithful:
The Koran is not arranged in chronological order. When it is arranged in chronological order it is clear that the Koran undergoes a serious transition after Muhammad’s first real triumph on the battlefield at Badr in 624. The period following that battle is called the Medina period of the prophet’s life. Conceptually this transition can be seen as a transition from the Old Koran to the New Koran. Unlike the transition from the Old to the New Testament, the transition from the “Old” Koran (pre-Medina) to the “New” Koran (Medina) is a transition to a more vengeful, demanding, supremacist God.
He who at Mecca is the admonisher and persuader, at Medina is the legislator and the warrior, who dictates obedience, and uses other weapons than the pen of the Poet and the Scribe.
In practice, Quranic abrogation results in a known doctrinal footprint that subordinates the milder, more moderate verses of the Quran from the Meccan period of revelation, to the later and violent verses of the Medina period. Islamic law is substantially derived from the Medinan period. Where a conflict exists, anything said during the Medinan period overrules anything on the same subject in the Meccan. And anything said in the later part of the Medinan period either overrules or controls anything said in the earlier part.
In an attempt to polish Islam’s image, Muslim activists usually quote verses from the Quran that were written in the early days of the Islamic movement while Mohammed lived in Mecca. Those passages make Islam appear loving and harmless because they call for love, peace and patience. Such is a deception. The activists fail to tell gullible people that such verses, though still in the Quran, were nullified, abrogated, rendered void by later passages that incite killing, decapitations, maiming, terrorism and religious intolerance. The latter verses were penned while Mohammed’s headquarters was based in Medina. [The Quran's Doctrine of Abrogation -- Abdullah Al Araby]
A clear-cut example of this principle of abrogation is the oft quoted passage from the Old Koran, “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” (Q 5:99) which is abrogated by chronologically later passages such as these:
Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.”
And on it goes. Apologists for Islam insist these passages refer to retaliatory measures to be taken when attacked.
Regarding these passages, it is to be noted that the Koran is the word of God and not a testament as are the Old and New Testaments and is thereby much less subject to “interpretation.” Moreover, it is axiomatic in Islam that Muhammad is the perfect male to be emulated as much as possible by all male Muslims. The post-Meccan Muhammad is a warrior, raider, conqueror, and subjugator of the non-Islamic world. The mission of all good Muslims is, correspondingly, the spread of Islam any means possible.
The great divide between the Old Koran, which is relatively tolerant and accepting of Jews and Christians, and the New Koran which views Jews and Christians as vermin worthy only extermination or servile groveling before their Muslim masters, enables the supremacist mandate in Islam to present one face to the West’s useful idiots and another to the faithful.
It has worked.
The Old Koran is used to piously claim that terrorism, suicide bombing, and persecution of religious minorities and disempowerment of women are “un-Islamic.”
What is the useful-idiot version of Islam? Here is a culled version based on quotes from President Bush’s comments on Islam:
Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements.
And here is President Obama solemnly declaring that Islam is based on the principles “of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
But here are the real five pillars of Islam for the faithful:
(1)Islam is to dominate over all other religions Q9:33, 61:9, 8:39
(2) Muslims are to purify all of Arabia of its Pagans who can convert or be killed Q9:5 3.
(3) Muslims are to fight and subjugate other non-Muslims and subdue and make them inferior second-class citizens (Dhimmis) to pay jizya (humiliation tax) to save their lives. Q9:29
(4) Muslims are to have hatred and enmity forever for non-Muslims until they worship Allah alone Q60:4, they should fight those unbelievers close to them and let them find harshness in the Muslims Q9:123
(5) Muslims must engage in this jihad (struggle) as this fighting is ordained for them even if they dislike it 2:216 and they are told they can overcome much greater enemies to a multiple of 10 times or more Q8:65
From George W. Bush to Hillary Clinton, the “hijacked Islam” or “un-Islamic” meme has infected U.S. foreign policy and enabled creeping Sharia at home. It seems to have gotten to the point that exonerating Islam is the primary concern of U.S. foreign and defense policy with regard to terrorist activity from ISIS to Fort Hood to Boko Haram.
The first order of business is to insure that “us folks” understand that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Just after the terrible treatment of Yazidis and the beheading of Foley, practically the first words out of President Obama’s mouth were that “ISIL speaks for no religion.”
The Obama crew has been suckered, bamboozled, and taqiyyaed into believing the Islam of the Old Koran is the real Islam.
But as the menacing face of the Islam of the New Koran turns fully into view, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is the Obama team of useful idiots who have been hijacked.
Even CNN has published a report showing that al Qaeda affiliated groups are gaining strength:
Last year’s most lethal incidents were carried out by the Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigeria’s Boko Haram, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and ISIL
That was in April, before ISIL showed its real power. And wait till we pull out of Afghanistan: it will be brutally clear that it is not ISIL but Obama, and his crew of Islam’s useful idiots, who “speak for no religion.”
MY OWN THINKING ON THE PRECEDING CONTENT -- CONTINUED
What is my overall perspective on the Issis problem menacing free societies world-wide?
When cancer (evil) is about to metastasize – that is, spread to other organs — there is only ONE CURE: kill it completely with chemical or other means … just as it’s time to wipe out the growing jihadist threat, spreading in the Middle East and throughout the world.
Except in this case, the “CURE” is missiles, bombs and even troops on the ground!
And as noted many times previously, it’s also time to counter the greatest threat of all to the American homeland: the current American president and his remaining Democratic Party enablers in the Senate & Congress!