Sunday, June 20, 2004

Was Vlad the Impaler a Muslim?

Random thoughts:

Beheading a victim is a despicable and universal symbol of Victory combined with Humiliation. It's ancient and it's probably a hard-wired aversion.

In a world of 'images', the Islamic terrorists are trying to compete with the photos from Abu Ghraib prison, and doing a helluva job. ("We" set the bar pretty high, but they've shown that they can top anything.)

Oh, and they want you and I to react -- and to overreact.

A headless body and/or a body-less head is a powerful symbol, but it's hard to know what to take from it. Some want to surrender, some want to flee, some want to go all nuclear.

It's barbaric on one level (moral/taboo), sophisticated on another (marketing/propaganda),
and effective on any level.

The same book that contains "Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself" also counsels "An eye for an eye..."

Take yer pick, flip a coin, but either way, kiss your ol' culture good-bye.

We'll never be the same.


Blogger Robert J. Elliott said...

They guys missing their heads will never be the same. The rest of us will still be at the mall. Sorry. Welcome to America!

9:44 PM  

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