Do Americans Really Get Terrorism?

by jonea1 on September 15, 2013 - 4:31pm

    “The Twisted Allure of Jihadi Glory” was an article written by Virginia Postrel on August 5, 2013. The focus of this article was to look deep into the reasoning behind The Rolling Stone’s infamous cover displaying Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Her explanation was that the reasoning behind Islamic terrorism is this sense of glamour. The reasoning behind this form of terrorism, Postrel states, is that it is glamorized. Young men are told that this, Jihadist forms, are portrayed as manly. This is what it means to be a man. It is also because of the feeling of wanting to be involved in a group. Postrel references Tsarnaev when he said, "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one, you hurt us all,”. This is an example of the “wanting to fit in” part with terrorism reasoning. All of this, Postrel argues, is why Rolling Stones used that cover, to portray Tsarnaev as a “rock star”, the wrong kind of fame, to make terrorist glamor an object that Islamic people might not strive for. But I ask, does that really make sense?

      I don’t know about most people, but I sure wouldn’t go and blow myself, and others, up to look manly. This false reasoning of fame and “72 virgins” isn’t really the motivation to terrorism is it? The reason is simple and right in front of us actually. Tsarnaev said it himself.   "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one, you hurt us all,". There it is. Terrorism, and his reasoning behind doing it is because his people were hurt by the United States. Many Americans turn a blind eye to all the terrible acts the US government does out in the Muslim world, and when they do see it, they justify it by calling retaliation from 9/11.. Here’s a link to a YouTube video that depicts something that might cause someone to attack the country. . If that’s not terrorism, I don’t know what is. That is a leaked video of soldiers just attacking people. Some may have been armed, but a majority were just civilians, children even. The man who leaked this video is standing trial now. That video only has roughly 15 million views, while Gangnam Style has over 1 billion. Let that sink in. Majority of Americans are quick to yell “Throw them in Guantanamo!” but never stop to ask why someone would attack the country, well there you go.

      Now, I’m not justifying terrorism, I would never agree to something that harms people. I'm just saying that Americans should stop acting like this is the country is   safe haven and is righteous in all it does. The United States, just like many other countries, does terrible things as well. Just remember that.


While I do not have any personal experience with terrorism, I would at least like to share my point of view. I agree with you that there are rotten eggs everywhere - one country is never just filled with good people and the others with bad. But as history displays, the current terrorist situation we're dealing with right now has more to do with hate for the western culture and religion. Did we start an insane, unnecessary war? Yes, I agree. But did we get attacked on 9/11? Yes. I don't think it's necessary to say our feelings are invalid. But it's true that many innocent lives are being taken, and that's never okay. We have killed many people in the Middle East and say it's for the greater good. But the people with the guns there are the people with power, and they hate us - before and after 9/11. If we would leave it be, they would crush (or convert) the innocents anyway. These are terrorists that just happen to be Muslims. We are attacking terrorists, not the religion. I agree immensely that the population has very little voice over the power of the US. I hope this changes and there can be a certain amount of peace in the Middle East.

I agree with most that you include in your article. The one thing I have an issue with is that our soldiers are doing terrible things to Muslims. Obviously there is video proof of one of these happenings, but that does not happen across the board. My cousin is a green beret in the army, and he is tasked with capturing the violent members of Al-Quida. However, my view may be biased. A close friend of my parents was one of the 343 firemen that lost their lives on 9/11. But, other than these differences, I believe you are right. Many Americans these days don’t take the time to become informed. They state their ignorant opinions freely.

You're right, not all soldiers are bad, it's just that many people justify, I guess I should say, their superior's actions. Whether its a general or the president, many armed actions out there are terrible.

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