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How Vittorio Arrigoni Went to Gaza Hoping to Die
Pajamas Media ^ | April 18 2011 | Jamie Glazov

Posted on 04/19/2011 9:26:41 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode

Is it really still a mystery why political pilgrims are exterminated by the totalitarian entities they worship?

The Italian cheerleader for Hamas, Vittorio Arrigoni, has died at the hands of the Islamic terrorism that he venerated throughout his life. The fellow traveler journeyed to the Gaza Strip to prostrate himself before his secular deity, Hamas, and to assist its venture of perpetrating genocide against Israelis. Islamic terrorists, who call themselves “Salafists,” showed their gratitude to Arrigoni by kidnapping, mercilessly beating, and executing him.

This episode was, of course, all part of an expected script: even though the media and our higher literary culture never discuss the reasons, the historical record reveals one undeniable fact: like thousands of political pilgrims before him, Vittorio Arrigoni went to Gaza to die. Indeed, consciously or unconsciously, in their unquenchable quest for sacrificing human life on the altar of their utopian ideals, fellow travelers always lust for death, and if not the death of others, then of their own.

It is no coincidence that a short while before “Salafists” killed Arrigoni, Juliano Mer-Khamis, a cheerleader of terrorism in Israel who, like Arrigoni, dedicated his life to praising the Palestinian death cult and working for the annihilation of Israel, was murdered by Islamic terrorists in Jenin. It is no coincidence that Rachel Corrie, the infamous enabler of the International Solidarity Movement, a group that disrupts anti-terrorism activities of the Israel Defense Forces, committed suicide in protecting Hamas terrorists by throwing herself in front of an Israeli bulldozer. And it is no coincidence that female leftist “peace” activists are routinely raped, brutalized, and enslaved by the Arabs of Judea and Samaria that they come to aid and glorify in their Jew-hating odyssey against Israel. And don’t hold your breath, by the way, waiting for leftist feminists to protest this phenomenon; they are faithfully following in the footsteps of American fellow traveler Anna Louise Strong and the Stalinist German writer Bertolt Brecht, two typical leftist believers who were completely undisturbed by the arrests and deaths of their friends in the Stalinist purges — having never even inquired about them after their disappearance.

Beneath the leftist believer’s veneration of the despotic enemy lies one of his most powerful yearnings: to submit his whole being to a totalist entity. This psychological dynamic involves negative identification, whereby a person who has failed to identify positively with his own environment subjugates his individuality to a powerful, authoritarian entity, through which he vicariously experiences a feeling of power and purpose. The historian David Potter has succinctly crystallized this phenomenon:

. . . most of us, if not all of us, fulfill ourselves and realize our own identities as persons through our relations with others; we are, in a sense, what our community, or as some sociologists would say, more precisely, what our reference group, recognizes us as being. If it does not recognize us, or if we do not feel that it does, or if we are confused as to what the recognition is, then we become not only lonely, but even lost, and profoundly unsure of our identity. We are driven by this uncertainty into a somewhat obsessive effort to discover our identity and to make certain of it. If this quest proves too long or too difficult, the need for identity becomes psychically very burdensome and the individual may be driven to escape this need by renouncing his own identity and surrendering himself to some seemingly greater cause outside himself. This surrender to the totality involves the believer’s craving not only to relinquish his individuality to a greater whole but also, ideally, to sacrifice his life for it. Lusting for his own self-extinction, the believer craves martyrdom for the idea. As Eric Hoffer points out in his classic The True Believer, the opportunity to die for the cause gives meaning to the believer’s desire to shed his inner self: “a substitute embraced in moderation cannot supplant and efface the self we want to forget. We cannot be sure that we have something worth living for unless we are ready to die for it.”

Thus, Vittorio Arrigoni, Juliano Mer-Khasin, and Rachel Corrie were simply just faithfully continuing the long suicidal tradition of their political faith. We are well aware, after all, of the dark fate of the believers who journeyed to Russia after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to build communism; we are well versed of what happened to the leftist Iranians who returned to their country after the 1979 Iranian Revolution to aid Khomeini in building the Islamic paradise. Only those who cannot accept the true motivations of utopian believers can still deny what those political pilgrims were searching for in their odyssey to shed themselves of their own unwanted selves.

Does one need to excessively explain why “progressive” feminist Naomi Klein called out for bringing “Najaf to New York” in her infamous 2004 column in The Nation, in which she reached her hand out in solidarity to Muqtada al-Sadr and his Islamofascist Mahdi Army in the Iraqi Shi’ite stronghold of Najaf? Bringing Najaf to New York would mean that the Iraqi Shi’ite stronghold, where Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army at one time ran their torture chambers and sowed their terror, would be replicated on America’s shores. What could Naomi Klein possibly see admirable in the vicious nihilistic terror of the Mahdi Army? Would she remain alive for more than sixty seconds upon contact with it?

Is it possible that Klein’s impulses are related to those of Noam Chomsky, a Jew, who has distinguished himself, among other intriguing ways, by traveling to Lebanon to personally embrace the leaders of Hezbollah, whose stated top priority is to rid the world of Jews?

The murder by Iraqi terrorists of American hostage Tom Fox in March 2006 was a perfect example of this pathological phenomenon. Fox was among four members of the leftist group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) who were kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Iraq in November 2005. Aside from voicing support for the terrorists, one of the group’s most powerfully articulated themes entailed the longing for death. In the 1984 speech, “God’s People Reconciling,” for example, which gave rise to the formation of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, Mennonite minister Ron Sider urged his listeners: “We must be prepared to die by the thousands.”

It is not unsurprising that when British and American troops rescued the other three CPT hostages and saved their lives, the freed captives refused to thank their liberators — who had risked their own lives participating in the rescue — or to cooperate in a critical debriefing session with intelligence officers. Doug Pritchard, the co-chairman of CPT, went out of his way to tell the world that the kidnapping itself (and by implication Fox’s murder) was America’s fault, not the kidnappers’ or the executioners’. “The illegal occupation of Iraq by multinational forces,” he affirmed, was the “root cause” of the kidnappings. In other words, the devil made them do it.

The freed captives resented the fact that they had been liberated by the very forces they despised. And the rescuers had robbed the remaining hostages of the idealized fate suffered by Fox. Jan Benvie, an Edinburgh teacher who was getting ready to go to Iraq with the group in the summer of 2006, learned the lesson well. She announced before her departure: “We make clear that if we are kidnapped we do not want there to be force or any form of violence used to release us.”

To the end of his life, the French philosopher Michel Foucault, who supported and adored Khomeini’s killing fields, adamantly defended “everyone’s right to kill himself.” Suicide, he boastfully wrote in a 1979 essay, was “the simplest of pleasures.” Is it a coincidence that Foucault, who had attempted to kill himself several times out of guilt feelings regarding his homosexuality, passionately supported an Islamic death cult that murdered homosexuals?

Gaza terrorists have a long history of kidnapping and abusing, raping and killing those who come to aid and abet them.

Vittorio Arrigoni knew that very well.

In the end, Arrigoni’s story is the story of the Left – a story best summarized by the dictum of Goethe’s devil, which Marx perpetually invoked, as he did in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon: “All that exists deserves to perish.”

Arrigoni is the contemporary poster boy for the political pilgrims who traveled to despotisms to help build the paradises in which they hoped to shed themselves of their own unwanted selves. They paid the ultimate price. And no lesser cost must be paid for the momentous transformation of sterilizing the unclean earth. Such disinfection can be made possible only by the purifying power of human blood — blood which, in the utopian enterprise, must, in the final chapter, become one’s own.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: hamas; islam; leftism; rachelcorrie; suicidalleft
This is a fascinating question:
Is it really still a mystery why political pilgrims are exterminated by the totalitarian entities they worship?

1 posted on 04/19/2011 9:26:42 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode
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To: SJackson; LucyT

Explains a lot, really.


2 posted on 04/19/2011 9:38:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

Corrie represents an older breed of protester who had the sense not to try to schmooze with the peoples she was purportedly being a heroine to. Arrigoni — well you’d think that at least Hamas would have been friendlier to a sympathizer, but in their paranoia took him as an undercover agent.


3 posted on 04/19/2011 9:40:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
I presume the merry men of Hamas thought Sr. Arrigoni was so over the top he could only be a US or Israeli spy planted on them. Poetic justice for certain.
4 posted on 04/19/2011 9:42:29 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Just read that Hamas claim to have killed his assasins,
I guess that to is some kind of poetic justice


5 posted on 04/19/2011 9:49:38 PM PDT by munin (Enki did it,)
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To: robowombat
It seems that they are protesting Arrigoni's murder at the hands of the Palestinians by protesting against Israel.
6 posted on 04/19/2011 9:51:55 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: munin

well, it was creating bad publicity for them :-)


7 posted on 04/19/2011 9:54:09 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

Whatever the scenario... blame Bush, blame Israel, blame the Jooz, same old same old. At least they are such bumblers as to kill their sympathizers, that has to make other would be sympathizers think twice!


8 posted on 04/19/2011 9:56:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

Book marking this one.


9 posted on 04/19/2011 9:56:57 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: robowombat
I presume the merry men of Hamas thought Sr. Arrigoni was so over the top he could only be a US or Israeli spy planted on them.

Guess he didn't give the signal


10 posted on 04/19/2011 9:57:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I thought that was the funniest scene in that movie.


11 posted on 04/19/2011 10:01:08 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Whatever the scenario... blame Bush, blame Israel, blame the Jooz, same old same old. At least they are such bumblers as to kill their sympathizers, that has to make other would be sympathizers think twice!

Here's an interesting commentary from "Pennie Quinton" (note her pic)...

Vale Vittorio Arrigoni, 'hero of Palestine'

Writing as someone who has spent a great deal of time in the West Bank over the years, these events [the murder of Arrigoni and others] seem alien to the Palestinian culture of resistance I have come to know and respect. Such actions smack of some kind of dirty war,

Only someone with severe head trauma could say something like that.
12 posted on 04/19/2011 10:05:23 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

A dirty war made even dirtier... it couldn’t happen to a more deserving lot.


13 posted on 04/19/2011 10:08:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
Does one need to excessively explain why “progressive” feminist Naomi Klein called out for bringing “Najaf to New York” in her infamous 2004 column in The Nation, in which she reached her hand out in solidarity to Muqtada al-Sadr and his Islamofascist Mahdi Army in the Iraqi Shi’ite stronghold of Najaf? Bringing Najaf to New York would mean that the Iraqi Shi’ite stronghold, where Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army at one time ran their torture chambers and sowed their terror, would be replicated on America’s shores. What could Naomi Klein possibly see admirable in the vicious nihilistic terror of the Mahdi Army? Would she remain alive for more than sixty seconds upon contact with it?

Anyone who has served in the armed forces of this country and Americans in general irrespective of party or belief in the correctness or the unwisdom of the Iraq war should damn this woman for all eternity. Najaf in April 2004 was the site of a well prepared uprising by Sadr's Mahdi Army that resulted in many US fatalities and many more dead Iraqis. This woman is beyond the pale and some how that message should be made to her.

14 posted on 04/19/2011 10:13:20 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat
I presume the merry men of Hamas thought Sr. Arrigoni was so over the top he could only be a US or Israeli spy planted on them. Poetic justice for certain.

Here is an explanation of why they killed Arrigoni...

So just why did the Islamists murder Arrigoni? The answer is simple: These fanatics believe that everyone who is not a Muslim, and especially not a Muslim of their own particular fundamentalist genre, is an infidel, an enemy, someone deserving death. It does not matter in the least that the infidel in question has come to Gaza to assist the terrorists. In the case of Arrigoni, it did not even matter that he had tattoos on his body endorsing their terrorism. The “bewilderment” being expressed by the ISM and its amen chorus, along with Arrigoni’s Stalinist Italian groupies, is simply further indicative of how little these people know about the Middle East.

15 posted on 04/19/2011 10:17:24 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
especially not a Muslim of their own particular fundamentalist genre, is an infidel, an enemy, someone deserving death.

Yes, that is true. Sr. Arrigoni was indeed an atheist secular radical. These folks are Salafest so even if her were a Wahhabi he wouldn't make the cut. Further indication that the Paliwog Muzzies anyway are a lost cause. Their humanity is so completely distorted that they can't be recognized as part of the same species.

16 posted on 04/19/2011 10:23:03 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

Wasn’t there a dumb girl who laid in front of an Israeli bulldozer not realizing the driver didn’t see her?


17 posted on 04/19/2011 10:41:57 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Sorry for typos: typed with IPhone)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
“How Modern Liberals Think” (Evan Sayet) he explains why liberalism has a suicidal pattern

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

18 posted on 04/19/2011 10:50:43 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Dogbert41; Slings and Arrows
Wasn’t there a dumb girl who laid in front of an Israeli bulldozer not realizing the driver didn’t see her?

Yes, Rachel Corrie. Except she had to know it would run over her.

From the article:

It is no coincidence that Rachel Corrie, the infamous enabler of the International Solidarity Movement, a group that disrupts anti-terrorism activities of the Israel Defense Forces, committed suicide in protecting Hamas terrorists by throwing herself in front of an Israeli bulldozer.

19 posted on 04/19/2011 11:13:35 PM PDT by LucyT ("Radical islam is real islam. "Moderate" islam is its trojan horse." - Travis McGee)
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To: munin

Just read that Hamas claim to have killed his assasins,


Sure they did. [/s]


20 posted on 04/20/2011 4:34:27 AM PDT by rbg81
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21 posted on 04/20/2011 5:44:06 AM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: SJackson

Another moral retard stuck his finger in the electric socket. Surprise. Every one of the morally handicapped should follow his sterling example.


22 posted on 04/20/2011 2:48:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5
From the little I know of him, you're probably right. Didn't bother to post it, but you might like How Vittorio Arrigoni Went to Gaza Hoping to Die
23 posted on 04/20/2011 5:42:52 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
especially not a Muslim of their own particular fundamentalist genre, is an infidel

Yes, that's an important point. Today, there's a common enemy that loosely binds various religious and tribal factions together. But they'd kill each other if infidels weren't handy.

24 posted on 04/20/2011 5:45:46 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

This is a question answered at:

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2283/jewish/Amalek.htm

...What is the incident (of Amalek) comparable to? To a boiling tub of water which no creature was able to enter. Along came one evil-doer and jumped into it. Although he was burned, he cooled it for the others.

So, too, when Israel came out of Egypt, and G-d split the sea before them and drowned the Egyptians within it, the fear of them fell upon all the nations. But when Amalek came and challenged them, although he received his due from them, he cooled1 the awe of the nations of the world for them...


25 posted on 04/20/2011 5:48:45 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SJackson

It was worth posting. At last I have a value in common with Leftist moonbat crazies. They want to die. I would not mind at all if their fondest wishes were realized. Go. Get kidnapped, tortured, raped. You want it. I want you to have what you want. If you’d only let the vast majority of the world that wants to live do that, we’ll be fine. Suicide bombers, too. Strap a bomb on you. Go out in the woods somewhere, or into the dessert, and detonate. Just stop doing it around people, or around people who want to live, anyway. Have a convention. Play spin the bottle. Whoever the bottle points at gets to wear the vest. The rest huddle around him, hoping to get killed and maimed by the blast. Have a blast!


26 posted on 04/21/2011 1:30:35 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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