Skip to comments.Psychological Roots Of Islamic Rage
Posted on 08/12/2006 1:20:47 AM PDT by Lorianne
Islamic terrorists routinely kidnap the most vulnerable civilians and hold them hostage. Hamas and Hizbullah, like Arafats PLO, hold their own people hostage as well, and hide both themselves and their weapons among Muslim civilians.
For years, Hizbullah held the village of Kana hostage. When Israel finally fought back against Hizbullahs shelling of Israeli civilians, the Jewish state reaped a whirlwind of condemnation. Israel mourned these civilian deaths even as many Islamists celebrated these deaths as a great propaganda victory.
Just as Hizbullah hid behind women and children in Kana, using them as human shields, so too does Muslim culture honor-murder its own women and girls.
Since we are now one world connected by cell phones, the Internet, and satellite television programs as well as by Muslim immigration to the West, similar behavior can and has erupted against American civilians, both at home and abroad. In the recent past, Muslim Islamists have shot and killed Jewish-American males e.g. Leon Klinghoffer (1985), Rabbi Meir Kahane (1990), Ari Halberstam (1994), Daniel Pearl (2002) and Nicholas Berg (2004).
In 1968, Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian, murdered Senator Robert Kennedy because Kennedys pro-Israel stand enraged him.
We may now have reached a turning point of sorts. On July 28, 30-year-old Naveed Afsal Haq, a supposedly lone and mentally ill Muslim-American of Pakistani origin (he had been diagnosed as bipolar and was on lithium and depacote), took a 13 year-old American girl hostage in order to gain entry to the Jewish Federation Building in Seattle.
(We must note that many mentally ill people are functioning, non-violent members of society and that many criminals, including dictators, have never been psychiatrically diagnosed or denigrated.)
Haq declared that he was angry with Israel and announced that it was a hostage situation. He began shooting women, including one who was pregnant. Five Jewish- and Christian-American women were wounded and one, 58-year-old Pam Waechter, was murdered. Haq shot several of the women in the abdomen.
Perhaps Haqs crime is not only the product of his bipolar mental illness. It may also reflect an Islamic culture that denigrates women in general and a jihadist culture that denigrates all life, including Muslim life, and which seeks to oppress and destroy all living beings. For example, many Islamic suicide killers will purposely target pregnant women or women with small children before they blow themselves up.
Further, both in the past and in general, Jews have been seen as female or feminine because they were not allowed to bear arms and preferred a non-violent resolution of conflict for both ethical and practical reasons.
Islamic culture is a shame-and-honor-culture. What this means is that child socialization involves shaming and humiliation. Many adults reared this way are especially sensitive to slights that tend to be experienced as extremely humiliating.
Haq has been described as short (he is 5 4 and wore elevator soles). He has also been described as bald, socially inept, a loner, and, despite a degree in engineering, unemployed. The ideologies of extreme hatred often attract highly dysfunctional followers, some of whom are capable of violence.
Haqs crime took place on a Friday a day when devout Muslims often hear sermons excoriating Israel, Jews, and America. In Israel, many Jews have been stabbed by Muslims on a Friday. In our opinion, however, this may not have been the case here. Haq had been charged with lewd conduct for having exposed himself in a public place. His humiliation was about to escalate. He snapped but in a particular kind of way.
Like the 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta, who wanted no pregnant women to approach his imagined corpse, Haq apparently had no interest (or ability) to relate to women. People refuse to understand that the occupation that jihadists rant about is really how they themselves have been occupied by childhood shaming and punishing techniques. When such cruelty turns them crazy or when they are psychologically vulnerable, they may act out in the only socially approved ways allowed, namely, they first scapegoat the intimate enemy which is female and then the outsider enemy: Jews, Israelis, Zionists, and Americans.
Haqs act is chillingly reminiscent of the Montreal Massacre that took place on December 6, 1989. Marc Lepine entered the engineering school at the University of Montreal and killed fourteen women while wounding fifteen others. Lepine, who had been rejected by both the Canadian Army and the engineering school at the University of Montreal, said in his suicide note that he was after the feminist viragos who had ruined his life.
The Canadian police saw this as an isolated act of a madman (as American police had once viewed Ted Bundys bloody trail of femicide). What the Canadian police failed to understand was the importance of certain biographical and childhood factors. For example, Lepine was born Gamile Rodrigue Gharbi to an Algerian Muslim father and a French-Canadian mother who had formerly been a nun. Lepines father, Liess Gharbi, physically and psychologically brutalized both his son and his wife. He probably taught his son that women are chattel property who deserve to be beaten even when they are obedient and perhaps murdered when they are not.
What is important to note is that Gharbi/Lepine blamed women for the considerable crimes of his father, whose culture was Islamic and Algerian.
As Dr. Chesler recounts in her book, The Death of Feminism, in 2001 an angry mob of 300 Algerian men conducted a three-day pogrom against Algerian women in which they tortured, stabbed, mutilated, gang-raped, buried alive and murdered women in Hassi Messaoud.
In Dr. Cheslers 1978 book, About Men, she posited that the paternal abandonment of, and cruelty toward, sons may be a crucial component in mother- and woman-hating. Dr. Nancy Kobrin, in her forthcoming book The Sheiks New Clothes: The Naked Truth About Islamic Suicide Terrorism, suggests that the absolute degradation of Arab and Muslim women by a shame- and honor-society means that sons must perpetually rid themselves of the contamination that contact with women represents; and that sons must psychologically abandon their mothers even as they experience abandonment by their mothers. Many such sons are trained to mistrust, police, routinely batter, and sometimes even murder their female relatives.
Dr. Kobrin believes that such psychological dynamics may play a crucial role in contemporary Islamic terrorism.
While girl- and woman-battering and honor murders are increasingly normalized in Islamic culture, the enemy-outsider, who must also be scapegoated, has been increasingly eroticized. Israel-hatred and Jew-hatred have achieved a level of political-erotic obsession among jihadists that may even surpass that of the Nazi era. Israel is no longer feminine and for some, this is its great, existential crime. Israel refuses to absorb the hatred and violence or to forever turn the other cheek.
Individual Jewish women, though, may present a particularly tempting target to mentally ill and violent Muslims in a jihadic era. The Jewess is the most denigrated female in Islamic ideology. Zaynab bint Al-Harith, the Khaybar Jewess, is the woman who was falsely accused of having poisoned the prophet Muhammed after having witnessed the beheading of her entire male community in the Battle of Khaybar. Not coincidentally, Hizbullah currently calls its missiles Khaybar. We have also been told that a new Iranian television station is known as Khaybar.
Israeli civilians are at the greatest risk as they endure a slow Holocaust-like bleed of civilians. American civilians, both here and abroad, including in Europe, are also at great risk. All those who currently work for Jewish organizations in America are perhaps especially vulnerable to this eroticized Jew-hatred that permeates the very air we breathe.
We hope that Americans, both male and female, especially those who believe their politically correct and pro-jihadic views will protect them from jihadic violence, will now begin to wrestle with the tragedy in Seattle. We hope they do not blame Israel for what Haq did. His crime is a complicated mix of mental illness, woman-hatred, and Jew- and Israel-hatred. Perhaps all the propaganda against Israel and the Jews propelled Haq, a lost soul, to cling to the illusion that his criminal action could redeem his lost honor.
A Jewish woman who knew the murdered Pam Waechter told us that Waechter, who was born a Lutheran and converted to Judaism, was a better Jew than I or most of us could ever be. Jewish tradition believes that messianic redemption will enter the world through the good deeds of women converts to Judaism, beginning with Ruth, the ancestor of King David. Let us learn the necessary lessons about redemption from Pam Waechters martyrdom.
Thanks for the ping, fanfan. I was looking for this article after hearing Ms. Chesler on Bill Bennett's radio program. I see my problem was that I did not know how to spell Phyllis.
Bump for reference...very good.
Very accurately and well said.
If that is indeed a true quote from Patton (please provide link), that is incredible.
Bump for future reading.
The Left Media go a long way in encouraging both Terrorists from the Middle East and "home grown",
It is clear to many that the media is the loudest and shrillest voice of terrorism. Media zealots, unable to report the truth, create news by fomenting rage among the emotionally disabled. Similarly, the Democrat party is in lockstep with Marxist/fascist fanaticism.
Leftist movement links to Al Quida and Islamofascism need only be revealed. Their intellectual and political roots have common ancestry. They were a critical component of WWII, the Cold War and Vietnam. They are as fundamentally aligned today.
There can be no wonderment that Leftist extremists in our culture belittle efforts to encounter Islamofascism. They are branches of the same root. Lenin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Aristide, Castro, Mao, Taliban, Hussein, Khomeni and Al Quida find their roots in social democrat fascism. Marx, Engels and a host of American and European 19 century intellectuals are at the root of their evil philosophy.
Islamofasists may cynically use the cover of the Muslim faith but they are Marxist fascists through and through.
The MSM can not tell this story because it does not have the intellectual integrity or ability to do so. It is captive to its handlers, social democrats and fascists all.
I don't think anyone was saying he was being ridiculed for his height, I think they were saying it was his own feelings toward his height.
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.
Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 [London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899])
The only thing I could add is from the individual point of view. In the end-of-the-world Protestant heresies it is important to note that when the end of the world does not occur, proselytizing increases rather than decreases and another date is set.
Uncertainty of faith is a common experience. Some look for external reinforcement in the physical world. Others redouble efforts and deny their doubts by become super religious with an unquestioning mind.
Some seek to prove their faith with vehemence--I think this is the way some Muslims react. Rather than face their doubts they attack the source of their doubts. Others facing doubt and despair engendered thereof are eager to die as jihadists or suicide bombers. Again, proving their faith,denying their doubts and ending their uncertainty with suicide.
I do believe the Muslims are facing a crisis of doubt and uncertainty. Soon this will crumble under as the individual doubters become the movers and shakers. In the meantime they and we suffer.
Never underestimate the need for an individual to find certainty where none exists. Out of this goal or need much evil occurs.
Your post (#53) makes a lot of sense.
Is this website really for American conservatives? I didnt know that!
Now, wouldnt the American conservatives like to hear the other side of the story?
My English is good enough to convey the message, please dont try to make me feel inferior, I had a view of point which I wanted to cast, that's it.