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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0 . 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.