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.
How come insulting ugly or fat people is rude, but insulting small men is ordinary? That group gets insulted by huge swaths of society. The guy was five foot four, so what? As the average American man's height is five foot nine, would a six foot two man be considered an object of ridicule?
In the West people can dream up goals to achieve"
"In the Middle East there are no such freedoms, so the mind is constrained to being creative in cruel and destructive ways."
Well, I dont know with which lie on thread I shall start, however the creativity issue, which you have raised, is appalling.
I can assure you that people here (in the middle east) are as creative as their Homo sapiens fellows. The bunch of clowns assigned by the US administration to rule this region, are the only source of tyranny and constraint in the Middle East.
Psychological Roots Of Islamic Rage
Chicks. It's always about chicks.
I'm 6'2", and I pity the fool that wants to ridicule me, or my nephew, who's 6'4" and weighs 320!
We can hope, but until this PC crap is abandoned, many more innocent people are going to die at the hands of the muzzys...
We hope they do not blame Israel for what Haq did.
They already blame Israel for the war that Hizbullah started....
Very interesting read. Thanks for posting this. Liberals were saying, before the latest plane plot, that all we needed to do was 'educate' Muslims. The root causes of their rage, Libs think, is poverty and illiteracy. If we bribe them enough, fix their nations, they'll leave the rest of the world alone. Larry King's show last night, a reporter who had an interview with bin Laden some years ago said bin Laden was mad at the US because of our foreign policy toward Israel and tyrannical regimes already in place in the Middle East...which he implied were there because the US liked it that way. The reporter and King think Islamic rage is fueled by real or imagined slights and injustices. 'Imagined' doesn't matter since they think they're real. They didn't go anywhere near Islam as a murderous cult. They're still in la la land where if we bend over far enough, Muslims will like us.
Howie Carr, who has a show on WRKO in Boston, said rich Vermonters, (Liberals transplanted from somewhere else, usually NY), never worked a day in their lives, have no idea of the real world. All they want to do is bash Bush. They don't get it that when Muslims take over, their heads will be sawed off. They think they're immune. (This describes the Liberal elite no matter where they live.)
Mayor Ed Koch was on on Fox yesterday. Used to be mayor of NY, a democrat. He said, thank God Bush is president. Vehemently. That Bush was the best friend Israel had ever had. Said he knows Lieberman will win in Nov., and those dems who campaigned against him will regret it, and that he was going right up to Ct. to help Lieberman.
Very simple...Islam has left the majority of its adherents mired in a medieval mindset with corresponding ammenities...while the rest of the world has steadily advanced. Either that anger will be directed at its leadership, or needs be directed outward toward the rest of the world.
Same expalantion as most nutcases who think the world needs to change to accomodate them, rather than they themselves change.......
Really? So the fact that the only places in the middle east where muslims can vote are Israel and Iraq and the rest of the "governments are dictatorships or monarchies is somehow a boon to creativity? Why haven't the supposedly creative homo sapiens of the middle east found it within themselves to revolt and make their own future with their own freedoms? Is it because islam or "submission" has taught them to simply do what they are told?
Years ago, just after the 9/11 attacks, I read a very interesting analysis of "Muslim rage" (that is, the constant undercurrent of anger in those societies) that related it to the cult's peculiar attitude towards women and to the practice of polygamy.
Women are regarded as lower than dirt, mere chattel - yet they are sexually so powerful that the mere glimpse of an arm or any exposed skin can drive a Muslim man mad, hence they must be covered up. At the same time, there are many Muslim men who will never have their "own" woman, since, because men and women occur at about the same proportions in society, the practice of polygamy gives some better-off, older men several wives and leaves younger or lower status men with no access to women. While the famous Islamic 20-minute marriage (basically a form for accomodating prostitution) may take care of this to a degree, it still means that some men have very little possibility of marrying and having children.
Finally, the practice of older men using young boys for sex creates an enormous pool of resentment. Children who have been sexually abused frequently have problems with anger, and a whole society that permits young boys to be used this way - by more powerful, older male family members or strangers - results in a vast backlog of anger among young men. At the same time, their sexual abuse by older males in positions of authority (common at the madrassas, for example) makes them completely dominated by these men and unable to develop into mature men themselves.
In short, there is nothing good about the Islamic cult. It is unnatural and psychologically deforming, and it is not surprising that, in addition to the violence constantly urged in its scriptures, it creates violence and rage through its family and social structures as well.
I can assure you that people here (in the middle east) are as creative as their Homo sapiens fellows.
It is true that the Middle East gave us the foundations of Law, Algebra, and Civilization, and great works of Art and Architecture.
But creativity can also be channeled into obtaining cesium 137, finding defects in airline security, and making organophosphate nerve gases, and suicide vests.
The people who are giving us trouble now are very creative.
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