“We Have to Rethink What Security Means” – by Gary S. Smolker
Posted by Gary S. Smolker
The Fight Against ISIS Is A Fight Against Political Correctness
ISIS is composed of people who follow the teachings of strict conservative Islam, an ultra-puritanical form of Islam.
They follow an interpretation of religious laws in the Koran that translates into institutionalized outrage and expression of anger, sexual slavery of women, an obsessive hatred of imagery, representation (and therefore of art and music) and also of the body, nakedness and freedom.
ISIS has published manuals explaining that it is in their religious laws to have sex with prepubescent girl slaves, to stone women for offense against Sharia law and to kill infidels and heretics.
Those rules are approved and followed by the vast majority of Muslims who live on the periphery of the society of intellectuals and officials in Muslim countries.
Depictions of how those beliefs are lived out in Muslim societies are presented in stories told in a multitude of films released in 2015, such as:
- The American film “He Named Me Malala.
- The Indian film “Parched.”
- The French/Algerian film “Maintenant ils peuvent venir (Let Them Come).”
- The French/Belgium film “Les Cowboys.”
Malala Yousafzai’s book “I Am Malala”, published by Little Brown & Company in 2013, describes what women face in countries where attacks on women are condoned.
To conservative Muslims, gay Paris is a whorehouse.
To conservative Muslims the United States is an ever more outrageous place because in the United States it is strikingly obvious that women are getting ahead, women are educated, women do not view themselves as domesticated slaves, women do not kowtow to men, women are independent thinkers, women expose their bodies in public, momen are demanding, and women have power.
- 37% of women graduate from college vs. 31% of men.
- 38% of women earn more than their husband, up from 24% in 1987.
- Since 1973, real female incomes are up 34%, and real male incomes are down 5%.
- 21% of non-working dads aged 35-44 cite child care as the primary reason, up from 2% 20 years ago.
- There are more women voters in the United States than male voters.
- Women freely express that they want power, money, a husband, and children.
- Women in the United States have multiple sex partners without being getting pregnant.
- In America it is accepted that women in America have sex with multiple sexual partners when they are not married, and sometimes while they are married.
- Women sit on the California Supreme Court.
- Women sit on the United States Supreme Court.
- A woman is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
- Women run giant corporations in the United States such as General Motors and IBM.
- Hillary Clinton is campaigning to become President of the United States.
- America promises to provide the opportunity to succeed on the basis of ability to “everyone.”
- Religious tolerance is a core American value.
In strict Muslim households women have no human rights, women are their husbands’ sexual slaves.
To people who have been educated to think that women are inferiors and should have no rights the status of women in America is an outrage, an insult to their religion.
Conservative Muslim religious leaders and political leaders get their people so excited with rage about the status of women and sex in everyday life in America the vast majority of Muslims all over the Muslim World call America the “Great Satan.”
The broadcast of facts about every day life in America to the general Muslim public by television, movies, videos, YouTube, the Internet, and social media seriously threatens and erodes the power of conservative Muslim religious leaders and dictators who run Muslim countries.
The fact that American women freely express that they want power, money, a husband and children is unbearably outrageous to conservative Muslims.
The facts that American women have the ability to have multiple sex partners, are independent thinkers, make demands, are independent and have power is outrageous to conservative Muslims.
Conservative Muslim leaders are afraid if Muslim women find out about the status of women in America and in other of the Western countries the vast majority of women in Muslim countries will want to become like American women.
Conservative Muslim religious leaders have good reason to be afraid of that because people “learn” about the life of women in the West.
How People Form Their Identities
People try to behave like people they want to emulate.
Stories provide the crucial means by which individuals, especially males, form their identities in imitation of heroic predecessors and in opposition to hereditary enemies.
Stories, by implication, indicate to individuals their role in society and how they are supposed to act.
Dictators, Kings, Military Leaders and Religious Leaders Have Good Reason to Not Want “Their” People to Watch Western Films
Film tells important stories, spark imagination, connects communities and enable filmmakers – writers, directors, actors, etc. – to express themselves.
For example, the recently released film”Suffragette” tells the story of the effort women had to go through in Great Britain in order to “get” the right to vote.
In the movie, the women who led the effort to get a law passed giving women the “right” to vote were literally and figuratively “terrorists.”
In this movie they smashed windows, blew up mail boxes, set fire to the Prime Minister’s home while it was under construction and one woman threw herself in front of a galloping horse the King of England was riding in a race at Derby. The King was thrown from the race horse he was riding;, she was run over by the King’s horse and died.
The Inherent Dialect of Violence
In order to understand the violent acts carried out by ISIS in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015, consider the political, economic and social context of who the “shooters” in Paris on Friday night (November 13, 2015) were and who the people they shot were.
The Muslim/ISIS terrorists in the recent Paris attacks were basically French citizens growing up in the Muslim ghettos in France where youth unemployment is forty to fifty percent.
Like conservative Muslims everywhere, members of ISIS are offended by (and very angry at) non-believers who do not live according to conservative Muslim rules.
The Muslim terrorists externalized their anger, which is what all conservative Muslims are taught to do.
Some of the people the terrorists shot were attending a rock concert others were eating and drinking in a bar or cafe.
Killing people who disagree with their way of life is the way conservative Muslims externalize their anger.
That is how the members of ISIS and members other conservative Muslim groups have been taught [emotionally educated and socially programmed] to react to the very real programmed injury they feel when someone disagrees with their religious belief and/or acts in a prohibited way.
Conservative Muslims do not want to be assimilated.
They do not want to be a peaceful integral part of a culturally diversified society.
ISIS has 100,000 battle-hardened soldiers.
ISIS and other conservative Islamist groups attack and kill us – people who do not behave the way they think all people should – because that is what they exist to do.
Nicolas Henin ( a French citizen whom ISIS held for 10 months) has written in an story about ISIS published on November 16, 2015:
“Everything convinces them they are on the right path and specifically, that there is a kind of apocalyptic process underway that will lead to a confrontation between an army of Muslims from all over the world and others, the crusaders, the Romans. They see everything as moving us down that road. Consequently, everything is a blessing from Allah.”
Cultural Attitude About Violence and Its Place in Human Affairs
Muslim society greatly values fighting.
Their warrior-prophet-leader Mohamed is their model for behavior.
The life of Mohamed is the model from which Muslim society’s cultural attitude about violence and its place in human affairs comes from.
Muslim history, from the time of Mohamed forward, is a history of violence and factional conflict.
Muslims have always lived in a tempestuous land of never-ending conflict and violence.
Muslims have a continuous history of experience with war and strife and a continuous history of living under the domination of leaders who have inhibited the evolution of communal and individual liberties and the kinds of community institutions which have given vitality to hundreds of towns, states, countries and communities elsewhere.
For further information on the history of the people who have lived in Muslim countries read “Jerusalem” by Simon Sebag Montefiore and”Lawrence in Arabia” by Scott Anderson.
For further information on modern-day conservative Muslim mindset read “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai.
- What happened in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015, has to be seen through the lens of a way of life.
- ISIS and other strict Islamist groups are intent upon establishing a caliphate.
- William James was right: As you think, so shall you be.
According to Machiavelli:
Men do injury through either fear or hate. – Machiavelli, “The Prince”, chapter 7
Such injury produces fear; fears seeks for defense; for defense partisans are obtained; from partisans rise parties in states; from parties their ruin. – Machiavelli, “Discourses on the First Decade of Titus, Livius”, book 1, chapter 7
According to psychologists, social workers, criminologists and top national security experts: Extremism and violence appeal most to “disaffected people” who feel alienated. They don’t love themselves. They don’t love anyone. They are angry.
They seek revenge for being miserable.
Killing other people is their way to get revenge.
That is why they kill people.
They don’t care if they are killed for expressing their anger.
The Judaeo-Christian Rule “Love Thy Neighbor As Yourself” does not apply to them because they do not love themselves.
Things to Consider Regarding Absorbing The Current Flood of Muslim Immigrants
How will you decide where you are going to put them?
Where can you put them?
How will you vet them, school them and feed them?
How will you integrate then into “your” society?
How will you monitor them?
What will you do with them if they don’t fit in?
Deciding what to do and how to do it takes effort – takes planning, manpower, time and money.
There are easier ways for a terrorist to gain entry to the United States than to seek admission as a refugee.
The current Syrian refugee screening process in the United States takes three years.
A recent article from the Cato Institute concludes that Syrian refugees to be admitted in the United States pose no significant threat to the United States: “Few ISIS soldiers or other terrorists are going to spend at least three years in a refugee camp for a 0.042 percent chance of entering the United States when almost any other option to do so is easier, cheaper, and quicker.”
By the way, under current rules, regulations and laws, visitors to the United States from 39 different countries do not need a Visa to come to the United States legally.
The Scapegoating Process to Find Someone or Some Group to Blame for the Hard Blows of Fortune
Many Americans are unset, fretful and fearful about the way things have been going in the United States.
Their accumulated grievances find expression in presidential candidate Donald Trump’s outbursts.
Donald Trump is doing a masterful job of exploiting the climate of fear in the United States.
In his political campaign, Donald Trump is acting as lightning rod.
Donald Trump says what many people in the United States want to hear by expressing their points of view, by expressing their anger, by expressing their anxieties, fears, frustrations and by going along with their desire to blame someone else for the hard blows of fortune in their lives.
Compare what Donald Trump has said and how Donald Trump has behaved during the Republican Party’s primary election contest, with the following statement made by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States: Nothing gives one person so great an advantage over another, as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
The Unraveling of the Social Fabric of the United States
The United States has its own form of political correctness – mostly on college campuses.
According to one survey, 40% of Millennials are willing to limit free speech if it is racist.
On many college campuses it is understood that there is to be no speech that might offend anyone for any reason or make anyone who is a woman, or a member of a so-called underrepresented minority feel unwelcome.
Currently student protestors at Princeton University demand that the administration acknowledge the “toxic legacy” of Woodrow Wilson, who served as university president and New Jersey governor before being elected President of the United States. Woodrow Wilson was an unapologetic racist. He believed black Americans were not worthy of full citizenship and admired the Ku Klux Klan for the role it had in terrorizing African Americans to restrict their political power.
The protestors’ top goal is to convince the university to rename the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs and the residential complex known as the Wilson College.
By the way, George Washington managed many slaves at Mount Vernon.
I do not know of anybody who has suggested that the capital of the United States (Washington, D.C.) be named.
However, I do know that as a result of “political correctness” top comedians refuse to perform on college campuses in the United States.
People in the United States are living in an age of hyper vigilance about offending anyone.
At one extreme,
- Eskimos are complaining that one of the Kardashians wore a “sexy Eskimo” costume on Halloween.
- Anyone who offends anyone else is now called a “bigot.”
In my opinion political correctness is destroying the creativity of our children.
Political correctness destroys the essence of joyous creativity in them. It suppresses them, it shuts them down. It is devastating.
Political correct concerns has effected”retail.”
- Recently, Nordstrom’s stopped selling a Hanukkah sweater angering some customers who saw it as playing on cliches about Jewish women.
- Recently, Bloomingdales’s apologized for a catalog ad critics said made light of date rape.
- Recently, Walmart’s took heat over a Halloween costume of an Israeli soldier.
It is one thing to want to get along with other people. It is another thing to tell other people how to behave.
It is an entirely different thing to try to control how people think, to control what religion people choose to practice, and/or to control the cultural composition of the population of a country.
Immigrants and Refugees
Consider the social, political and cultural implications of proposals (a) to put even more special limitations on the immigration of Syrian immigrants to the United States, (b) to register Muslims in the United States, and (c) the proposal to build a wall in the United States on the border between the United States and Mexico to keep people from Mexico, Central America and South America from entering the United States.
Consider the economic and cultural impact of low fertility rates in highly industrialized countries which need immigrant workers to keep their economic engines running.
Ask yourself: “Who does work and what kind of work do they do in the United States?”
Then look at the rest of the world: Consider Germany’s demand for labor, demand for “new labor sources” to keep its economic engine running.
Germany within a few years could be 20 percent Muslim, which would represent a demographic shift which would forever change the face of Germany.
We Have to Rethink What Security Means
Europe’s political and business leaders regard migration as critical to the Continent’s aging demographics.
But, as we have seen, this strategy threatens long-term social harmony and political stability in those traditionally homogeneous countries.
But consider the experience in the United States with refugees (starting with the Pilgrims). The quality of assimilation in the United States has been very high.
- Today, the United States houses 20% of the world’s migrants but has only 5% of the world’s population.
- Up to now, the United States has been able to assimilate diverse minorities.
- Up to now, the United States has been able to not “radicalize” those minorities.
Facing a Demographic Implosion – Demographics Is Destiny
Whether people like immigrants or not, people in affluent highly industrialized societies have no choice but to accept immigrants and immigration or to forego their social security payments and witness their “welfare states” collapse because an influx of immigrant workers is necessary to keep the economic engines in their countries running.
The birthrate in almost all industrial countries is lower than replacement.
In the near future the percentage of older people who don’t work will exceed the population of working people.
Population trends will shape policy.
Nowhere is this clearer than in China’s recent suspending its “one child” policy.
By 2050, according to United Nations projections, the number of countries with below-replacement level fertility rates is expected to nearly double, to 139 countries, accounting for 75% of the world’s population at that time.
There is a coming tsunami of senior citizens with a smaller work force, greater pension obligations and slower (or no) economic growth.
Most affluent countries and those on the way to prosperity, all face the same basic dilemma: an aging population and a shrinking workforce.
Under such circumstances countries are being “forced” to either restore fertility rates to sustainable levels or to welcome masses of people from those parts of the world that still produce a demographic surplus.
Immigrants and their children have allowed the U.S. and Australia to stay close to the replacement rate, and have kept Canada from imploding.
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