Comments on: American nightmare: Al Qaeda at home Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: postfattism Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:58:44 +0000 Political correctness has nothing to do with why the US is losing “the propaganda war.” They are able to recruit people as is without “take ’em dead or alive” rhetoric fuming from the executive…they had for years before hand. It’s not a question of morality / the strength of ideas for those who find this message appealing, but as an answer to the concept of globalization. Rather than have a sanitized version of growth with consumerist overtones, a retreat to an idealized past is much more comforting.

I do enjoy that Bernd had an article a few weeks ago about the over-exaggeration of the terrorist “threat”, only to come full circle by joining the cocophony. Attempting to win the hearts and minds isn’t that horrible of a goal, but it has to be kept tempered by logic and the realization that there limits to any message. Additionally, keeping the military out of said message is important, for these are the same geniuses who burned a village to save a village many a time in the past.

By: VultureTX Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:10:48 +0000 And the rate of serious mental illness is at least 1% in these US muslims. So Fanatic Muslims only need to find & brainwash this subset to go commit Jihad.
It is what happens in the madrassas in Asia. Hard core muslim Imams teach their brand of Sharia to mostly ignorant (spiritually) young people and 2-3% end up volunteering for Jihad. Those that do tend to be– 1. low IQ 2. mental disorder 3. grieving for lost family member. That low percentage gives you thousands and thousands of potential matyrs to support Dar Al Islam.

By: fred5407 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:18:54 +0000 I think that for now, muslim people need to either live in peace in the US or go back to their birth country.

By: russdward357 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:01:38 +0000 OK article, but you say:

“That notion clashes with the widely-held belief that Muslims in the United States are not nearly as prone to being seduced by Al Qaeda propaganda as their co-religionists in Europe”

Are you serious? Is it really widely-held? If so, can a nation survive a level of misconception presumably cultivated by political correctness? I like the idea of courtesy and respect, but it sure seems that political correctness has become about as useful as a blindfold while mountain climbing.

By: s9454a Thu, 21 Jan 2010 18:11:40 +0000 The reason why the West is losing the propaganda war with extermist groups is, because of political correctness. The west, in general, is afraid to point the finger at Islam and all of Muslims as the problem, which they clearly are.

Muslims immigrants from all Muslim countries come to take advantage of jobs, resources and freedoms, but internally hate the value of the West, as they are “unislamic”. How is this, itself not extrememist?

Muslims tend to have trouble calling a right a right and a wrong a wrong. A fellow muslim is rarely wrong, they are always right, because they are muslim.

Why doesn’t everyone ask the question, why is the west always at conflict with “Islamist Extremist”?. It’s simple really, all of Islam is extreme.

We do not here of Hindu, Buddaists, Sikhs calling for the destruction of the west?

By: jborrow Thu, 21 Jan 2010 18:07:30 +0000 your assumption that al qaeda terrorists from america would have to be seduced by al qaeda propaganda may be somewhat ‘off’. it might just be that any future blond blue eyed al qaeda terrorist just uses al qaeda to get back at america, for whatever reasons they might have. the logic being: an enemy of my enemy is my ally.

its quite conceivable that some future blond blue eyed al qaeda terrorist converts to islam and seeks out al qaeda just to right some perceived injustice (e.g., america’s unconditional support of anything israel does). also, as the ‘american dream’ fades into history our future terrorist might just be someone who sees no future for america.

this is the individual to truly fear as he (she) will have no ideological affinity to islam and only the loosest of associations with the islamic community. thus, trying to undermine whatever credibility you (we) may think that al qaeda has may be taking a wrong tack (although it’s probably something we should still do on general principle).

however, at this point in history, the american right-wing seems to hold the record on terrorism: church burnings and bombings during the civil rights era in the 1960s, murders of civil rights workers, lynching from the 1800s onward, assaults and beatings of minorities, kkk intimidation, ethnically cleansing black towns in the south, the murrah federal building, etc. they’ve probably killed tens of thousands of americans! add these guys into the mix and all you can say is the future looks somewhat dark. best of luck to us all!

By: Mega Thu, 21 Jan 2010 18:02:37 +0000 Killing uninvolved parties is one thing, but pro-Western Muslims are seen as enablers and collaborators. us_tullius_cicero_quote_b6ea