A new book by Alexandre Del Valle, the French terrorism analyst and self-styled "geopolitologue", titled Syrian Chaos: Springtime Arabs and Minorities confronting Islamism, in its blurb has an interesting (though not necessarily new) idea. In reading through this, the seasoned reader may try, as did I, to suppress his profound dyspepsia at such ridiculous terms as "radical Islamism", in order to glean the useful parts. (From what I can gather, Del Valle is roughly on the Daniel Pipes end of the asymptotic spectrum, so one must have one's table salt handy when reading him.)
"A lucid and flexible description of the totalitarian menace represented by "jihadism 2.0", this new book by Alexandre Del Valle written with the Syrian Christian intellectual Randa Kassis was published [in November]...
"As a specialist of disinformation and radical Islamism, Del Valle [and Randa Kassis] ... explains that:
...the double aim of Daish (Islamic State) and of Islamo-terrorists in general is not above all to kill just for the sake of killing -- which would be once again to misunderstand the laws of terrorism -- but rather [it is calculated] to provoke a generalized "Stockholm syndrome" among both the Arab and Western societies, [thus] psychologically terrorized. The objective of the psychopaths of the Islamic State and their Caliph, "Ibrahim" (aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi), is also to arouse at the same time a morbid fascination in the heart of an active minority of human beings who are naturally fascinated by barbarism..."
The blurb goes on to describe how this terrorism is a kind of "strategy of sidération" -- a useful French word difficult to translate with just one English word; which may be rendered as "a state of shock, disarray and paralysis" -- deployed with clever sophistication by the ISIS Muslims through social media; even to the point where the mere communication of the horrors of this terrorism seems to suffice to cow some of the villages and areas they conquer without having to use much physical military force.
And, of course, more subtly, the ongoing propaganda communication of the sidération to the wider Western world (in the ongoing implicit context of already successful -- as well as numerous luckily aborted -- terror attacks in the West by their co-religionists) has tended to induce the generalized Stockholm syndrome and PTSD that reinforces and results in the Western myopia, whitewashing of, and deference to, the Islam that is the main context and engine of this terrorism which we in the Counter-Jihad know all to well. (It may be needless to add to the literate reader who has been autodidactically matriculating along the learning curve that this strategy is a worldwide and Western phenomenon, not merely limited to its obvious spearpoints of ISIS and Al Qaeda; and this is one of the many problems with Del Valle's unfortunate cacophemistic truncation of the problem to "radical Islamism").
It also should be added, to supplement Del Valle's analysis with Bill Warner's interesting idea, that what this strategy of sidération does -- in eliciting Stockholm syndrome and PTSD (and from there, irrational deference) -- reflects not merely a current dynamic, but also, and importantly, serves to revive a perennial sidération which Muslims have been provoking for centuries by their relentless terror attacks against the West (both large, as frank military assaults, and smaller, as razzias, or the medieval version of the terror attack). As Bill Warner has noted, the millennial, protracted and diverse onslaught against the West which lasted for approximately the thousand years from the 7th century to the 17th century (marked by the last time -- 1683 against Vienna -- when Muslims were able to mount a major military assault) induced in the Western psyche and Western culture a kind of generalized PTSD about Islam; which goes a long way to explain the curious, and curiously widespread, whitewashing of Islam in Western pop culture, sociopolitical culture, and academe.
Western Amnesia and Islamnesia
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