Turning Point In 40+ Allied Coalition, But:
The threat of Vanished Flight 777 has not diminished.
Don't Take Your Eyes Off The Ball. The ball is in play at all times. Make no mistake. The single-mindedness of the average jihadi foot soldier is so simple, monolithic, and absolute that it can easily grasped by the most naïve follower anywhere in the world. From the Scottish girl of Arab family (solid U.K. citizens) who has run away with a mooney look on her face to marry her ISIS sex partner and support his political mayhem, to the failed life in Oklahoma who committed suicide by mass knifing and beheaded a female co-worker in true jihadi fanatic style.
Lone Killer, Psychosis Profile, Now Jihadi? One can imagine several types of psychosis related to these current events. One is always Stockholm Syndrome, in which victims start to identify with their kidnappers. A second is the kind of mass suggestion that led gullible followers to Jim Jones, David Koresh, and any number of other megalomaniacs clinically in the Hitler, Milosevic, Mao, or Stalin mold. A third type to consider is that of the 'suicide by cop' type, whereby a suicidal person seeks to take as many persons as possible along with him or her, usually in a spectacular killing spree that will draw world attention. The most recent of these may be the murderer of nearly 100 teenagers on an island in Norway, ostensibly on neo-Nazi grounds. Expect there to be an ongoing rampage of misguided (but *guided*) individuals like the Mumbai Massacre perpetrators (covered in a previous post), who were basically primitive young tribesmen manipulated by Al Qaeda operatives to commit mayhem in a prestigious Mumbai neighborhood not long ago. That is the real danger from this jihadi movement. While we organize a glorious coalition and kill ants with hammers to make ourselves feel good, we must keep our eye on the ball and actively seek out the Scottish girl types or Oklahoma beheaders because they are our true ongoing and future nightmare.
According to Al Jazeera, we will be seeing a rise in this form of psychosis in all corners of the world. The lure of the Jim Joneses, David Koreschs, bin Ladens, and Al Baghdadis is a siren call that certain mentally ill individuals will not be able to resist. In their broken lives, such simplistic and self-righteous ideations are a beacon of resolution (technically, much in the way that suicides approach their final outcome with elation and finality after years of suffering, uncertainty, and social isolation). In fact, the Loner profile may have been originally identified in the 1960s with such horrific stealers of our innocence as accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, 19966 mad shooter Charles Whitman (Tower Sniper) in Austin, Texas, and (for just another of many) the 1972 accused George Wallace shooter Arthur Bremer. Oswald denied his role in the JFK murder, saying "I was a patsy," and accused 1968 Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray who called himself "a scapegoat."
Kill An Ant With A Hammer. There is a danger of self-delusion, as there has been all along in our misguided Western outlook upon the developing rest of the world. There is a danger of thinking that, the more money we throw at this problem, the more quickly ISIS/L will be crippled or destroyed and we can all go back to watching re-runs of Father Knows Best with our favorite beer and chips.
Domestic U.S. Politics. By a remarkable coincidence (and I am not conspiracy minded enough to think otherwise), as a mid-term election approaches in the U.S., President Barack Obama finds himself in the captain's chair of an exhilarating new war (which I wholeheartedly support). One would expect a major rally of unity sentiment in the U.S. as a U.S.-led coalition now numbering at least forty nations continues daily pounding of ISIS/L in Mesopotamia. The predictable domestic result should be a remarkable recovery of the predicted fumble in which Democrats could lose the Senate (I hope not), thus reinvigorating corporate efforts to destroy health care reform at any cost, including the general well-being of the United States, its ability to be governed, and the integrity of its world leadership, reliable currency of last resort, and credit rating (which often has more to do with the cost of borrowing than with any sort of imminent collapse. Speaking of world collapse, this may be a fourth psychosis to be consideredthe specious doomsday scenario cultivated for personal gain by some in using scriptures to lead their sheepish followers. Why is this imaginary descent into zombies and heck (or hell, in the language of some) so beloved a dream of so many people who seem to be tired of the relatively good life we lead in the West today? Let's check with the ghost of Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs. The German expression is Lebensmüdigkeit, the state or condition of being tired of living. Actually, that would make for a clever play on words. For most people it's a condition, but for those who run to throw their lives away for ISIS/L it is a state.
Signing Off For Now. I had never intended for my bulletins tracking the progress of disappeared Malaysian airliner Flight MH360 to become an analysis of world and U.S. politics. Suffice it to say, there is no telling if Vanished Flight MH360 lies slumbering in a Clive Cussler-like tomb in deep, dark water, or if it sits under a camouflage dome somewhere hidden from common trade routes, waiting to be weaponized and flown into some great cathedral or other treasured building (the Hagia Sofia, anyone?) to once again bring home the hateful lessons of 9/11. I hope my novel Vanished Flight 777 (a thriller and a thought experiment) has opened some eyes and made some people think. I will move on now, sign in elsewhere, and continue my ruminations about the state and the future of our shared world. In Peace, JTC.
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