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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 12, 2015
While I rarely stray there myself, social media
seems to be the latest aphrodisiac, a kind of super
cyber drug, which can turn the ugliest into Cin-
derella s twin, create a celebrity from an nonentity
or glorify the most inhumane acts of atrocity.
How s tricks Jihadi John? What s your head count
now? Do you now feel like a man after gloating
over and butchering the defenceless? Bet you re
not so brave without your mask.
Too bad your perversion of Islam doesn t recog-
nise karma, because you ll be losing a lot more
than your head when Allah finally deals with you.
I see your former London headmistress is still
perplexed how a mouse like you turned into such
a baddist. But then it s often the socially inept and
inadequate who go to desperate lengths to be
Seeing as you re from the despised West, how
do you feel about IS (as in I Stupid) attempting to
lure recruits with guarantees that their favourite
munchies like nutella and pizza will be available
to them, presumably served up during takes in the
latest snuff video.
More to the point, how do you think Allah really
feels about beheading Christian children (there
were eyewitnesses but as yet no footage), burning
a caged man alive, crucifying infidels, or selling
women and children into sex slavery (plenty of
survivors accounts)? Maybe you ve become so lost
in your own (short-lived) celebrity you ve entirely
lost sight of the Creator.
It s not just social media which brings the horror
of Islamic State home to T&T. We could even boast
that with our own Abu Bakr and the abortive 1990
coup, we were a long way ahead, or at least in the
vanguards of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Isis and Boko
Haram. I remember another introvert, much like
Jihadi John, who left Cane Farm at the end of the
1980s, for a future with the coming Taliban.
Some of our young men have already left for
Syria, although maybe the US$1,000 per diem was
more attractive to them than the pizza. By now
they may be finding the realities of the Caliphate
a lot harsher than life in Laventille, or Central. But
hey guys, even with our burgeoning local film indus-
try, you would never have got the chance for those
15 seconds of infamy, IS is offering.
While the human carnage IS presides over is
slickly marketed by their more than competent
media heads, their latest exploits---smashing statues
and artefacts in the Mosul museum, looting and
then bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nim-
rud---hint at the same kind of megalomania and
genocidal tendencies which characterised the Mon-
golian hordes destruction of Middle Eastern culture,
the Nazis Final Solution or the excesses of Pol Pot.
Unesco head Irina Bokova made a salient point
responding to the destruction of Nimrud, whose
winged bull statues with their human faces were
markers of our earliest attempts at civilisation: "We
cannot remain silent. The deliberate destruction
of cultural heritage constitutes a war crime... there
is absolutely no political or religious justification
for the destruction of humanity s cultural heritage."
Isis aims to shock, awe and cow all opponents
into jellylike conversion, terror or silence. It s a
tactic that has succeeded in the past. Few wanted
to believe that Jews were being herded into the gas
chambers, until newsreels of the grisly remains of
Auschwitz, Buchenwald and other death camps
greeted post war cinema audiences. Many
killing fields have probably gone undoc-
umented, but still echo to the silenced
screams of the victims.
This time around we cannot plead igno-
rance, not with the media presence Isis
commands; more honestly we might claim
Habib Afram, president of the Syriac
League of Lebanon put his finger on this
moment of postmodernity when he
remarked; "All this world, from the UN
to the security council, really cares about
nothing. They don t care about people
who are slaughtered on a daily basis. I
don t believe there is an international com-
munity, or that there are values any more."
It s difficult to contradict him, when the
proof is unfolding before our eyes.
Are we going to remain silent while our
present and a priceless part of our past
are savagely obliterated? Showing contempt
for and destroying what we do not either
believe in or value, is to renege on our
humanity. We can no longer sit on the
sidelines, hopelessly wringing our hands
or dismissing the devastation--because
that was the past.
Isis, like all bullies, counts on our fear,
but what is more frightening than relin-
quishing our humanity. Although we could
and should laugh at them for their ridicu-
lous puny attempt to unwrite history, we
cannot laugh them off.
They are bad actors, their script stinks
and it s time to shut them down.
Beware those offering pizza
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