In a speech by Laurent Murawiec, (Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C.) a very profound analysis is given on present day jiahadism:
“the disease of the political religion of modern Gnosticism in its Islamic version.”
Murawiec describes in excellent terms the logic behind Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s words and intentions, as well as the pathology involved in the merciless killings (ritual slaughterings to please Allah)of jiahdi victims.
“Soldiers kill. Terrorists kill. Modern Jihadis lap the blood.”
It also gives a window into the mindset of the Hamas and the other various Islamist fanatics within the Palestinian movement. It a fool’s hope to believe that a fanatical movement will be swayed by modern logic and reason. The only way for Jihadis to be beaten, is to make their death so meaningless, trivial and lonely as did a medieval Europe to their own Gnostic fanatics ages ago. KGS
“…….This attitude, truly, is not new, nor should it surprise us: religious notions and their estranged cousins, ideological representations, determine not only their believers’ beliefs but also their believers’ actions. Reality, as it were, is invaded by belief, and belief in turn shapes the believer’s reality. The difference between the religious and the ideologically religious is this: the religious believer accepts that reality is a given, whereas the fanatic gambles everything on a pseudo-reality of what ought to be. The religious believer accepts reality and works at improving it, the fanatic rejects reality, refuses to pass any compromise with it and tries to destroy it and replace it with his fantasy.
As (late US Senator) Pat Moynihan memorably told an opponent, “you are entitled to your opinions, but you are not entitled to your facts.” Ahmadjinedi inhabits his beliefs rather than the common earth. With him we do not share the same facts, even though we share a planet. The sharing takes the form of bombs and bullets…….”
NOTE: The book by Paul Berman, ‘Terror and Liberalism’, is a must read for anyone who wishes to further explore the mindset behind jihadist terrorism.