Monday, November 16, 2009
This is where the philosopher in me comes out . . .
In the aftermath of a horror like Fort Hood, civilized people ask themselves, "What's going on?"
I wish to explore a phenomena I have labeled "Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome (SJS).
I'm sure the shrinks have a better word for it. When I say Jihad, I'm using the term almost for lack of a better word. That is, not Jihad in the original Islamic concept but in a larger, more symbolic meaning. While SJS certainly seems prevalent amongst members the Muslim community, but it is by no means constrained to those of the Muslim religion.
What I'm calling SJS is some kind of inner struggle inspired by religion, politics, philosophy, compounded by flawed logic and fueled by rage & frustration, that manifests itself by extreme & very lethal acts of violence.
Let me make something perfectly clear – the Fort Hood shootings were an act of terrorism, perpetuated by American Traitor and Islamic Fundamentalist terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan. The fact that he was homegrown in no way differentiates from anything al Qaeda has pulled off other than the fact that he was a self-starter.
Consider, for example, Hasan’s choice of weaponry:
The FN Five-Seven — manufactured by FN Herstal, is a semi-automatic pistol chambered for a 5.7x28mm rifle cartridge. The weapon is popular in law enforcement SWAT roles, where criminals wearing body armor may be encountered.
A hallmark of Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome is extraordinary and extremely lethal means of inflicting mass casualties over a relatively brief period of time.
Of course the PC Police are going to jump all over me for using the term ‘jihad’ in connection with terrorism – to this I have two things to say: A) I am not now, nor have I ever been, “politically correct”, and B) I am not limiting “Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome” to Muslims.
According to my contemplations, Oklahoma City Bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were consumed by Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome.
Reading material inspiring dangerous thought patterns:
The Turner Diaries, a novel written in 1978 by William Luther Pierce (former leader of the white Nationalist organization National Alliance) under the pseudonym "Andrew Macdonald" depicting a violent revolution in the United States which leads to the overthrow of the United States federal government, nuclear war, and, ultimately, to the extermination of all Jews and non-whites.
Disturbing, inappropriate comments:
FORT HOOD Texas (AP): Muslim Leader had Troubling Talks with Suspect
Those inflicted by SJS are mostly young males who view themselves as oppressed:
The 7 July 2005 suicide bombing attack on London's public transport system was carried out by four British Muslim men, Mohammad Sidique Khan (age 30 - of Pakistani descent), Shehzad Tanweer (age 22 - of Pakistani descent), Hasib Hussain (age 18 - of Pakistani descent), and Germaine Lindsay (19) (of Jamaican descent, converted to Islam), all of whom were motivated by Britain's involvement in the Iraq War.
Those inflicted by SJS view themselves as soldiers, although they belong to no army:
" . . . We are at war and I am a soldier . . ."
- Mohammad Sidique Khan in video aired by Al Jazeera
An exception to the angry young male stereotype for SJS inflicted individuals is 88-year old James Wenneker von Brunn, indicted suspect of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting incident:
von Brunn was charged and indicted in federal court on June 11, 2009, with seven counts of first-degree murder and firearms violations, four which make him eligible for the death penalty.
According to the six-page indictment, von Brunn entered the building and shot security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, who died from his injuries.
von Brunn is a white supremacist and Holocaust denier. von Brunn holds a BSc in Journalism, served as a PT Boat commander during World War II, worked as an advertising executive and film producer for twenty years and was a member of MENSA, the high-IQ society.
von Brunn is also the author of many antisemitic essays, created an antisemitic website called The Holy Western Empire, and is the author of a 1999 self-published book, Kill the Best Gentiles, which praises Adolf Hitler and denies the Holocaust. He is an Obama citizenship conspiracy theorist, is vehemently opposed the Iraq War, and feels that the September 11 attacks were an "inside job".
Although operating under flawed, confused logic, those inflicted with Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome are typically persons of higher intelligence.
A feeling of righteousness pervades the thought process of those succumbing to SJS:
John Allen Muhammed, the DC Sniper, suffered Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome.
"He made me a monster" - Lee Boyd Malvo
His accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, did not suffer from SJS – he is living proof that young minds are impressionable, and that a teenager can be convinced to do almost anything.
A final word – do not think that because I have identified SJS as some kind of mental condition, that this translates into: “These people are mentally ill and therefore are victims themselves.” Have a little faith – you don’t read STORMBRINGER to be exposed to this kind of nonsense.
Those who succumb to Self-Induced Jihad Syndrome are a special type of criminal - a type of serial killer, and they are also terrorists – and they need to be treated the same way.
Some thoughts on appropriate punishment for these types of criminals? I like the way Charles Barkley said it; “If I was Governor, there wouldn’t be a Death Row, there’d be a Death WEEK.”
"We Search for the Truth
We Seek Justice
The Courts Require It
The Victims Cry Out for It
AND GOD DEMANDS IT!"
- spray painted on the ruins of the Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City by Rescue Team 5, 19 April 1995