ISIS – ‘A Rave Party of Violent Rebellion’
The Guardian analysed the appeal of ISIS’ slickly produced disgusting decapitation videos this week, and concluded that the videos are intended to offer meaning to wannabe Western Jihadists disillusioned with their binge TV watching/ shopping consumer-driven lives.
“There are many points of reference in modern society that have lost meaning – the sense of a good future, the ability to provide for a family, political impotence and paradox,” the Guardian’s Nancy Snow noted.
“ISIS has disillusioned male fans re-tweeting like One Direction fangirls, only with far different repercussions.” (Guardian: http://bit.ly/1nyNbWQ
Bertho Makso from Middle Eastern Gay rights organisation Proud Lebanon meanwhile warned that gay people in Beirut fear genocide if ISIS enter Lebanon, with anyone alternative in the country also at risk of extermination.
“Once they are here we will be one of the targets because gay people are evil for them, so we should be killed,” he told Gaystar News.
‘We have a lot of dating applications and websites so I think it is very easy to find gay people and therefore to target them,” he pointed out. (http://bit.ly/1pKAhun )
http://bit.ly/1w6hLjI (George Orwell, reviewing Hitler’s Mein Kampf in 1940:
“Also [Hitler] has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain . . .
. . . Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty-parades. However they may be as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life . . . “)
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