Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Why I snapped...
-- Herbert Lom as "Chief Inspector Dreyfus" driven to desperation by his maddening nemesis, Inspector Clouseau
As I indicated in a recent post-Paris post -- Something snapped yesterday -- I snapped not so much because of yet another Mohammedan atrocity to add to all the others over the years bursting forth to assault our globally digitalized attention; nor did I snap so much because of the wearisome, unsurprising spasms of politically correct multi-culturalism along with deeply flawed analysis which erupted throughout the West in the wake of this Mohammedan atrocity du jour. I snapped because the Counter-Jihad failed me.
What I mean by that is fleshed out in more detail in the essay I linked. In a nutshell, it hit me that the two Counter-Jihad communities in which I had invested so much time and energy over the past ten years -- Jihad Watch comments and Paltalk chat (mostly in their various supposedly anti-Islam chat rooms) -- were overall environments ridden & riddled with various flaws. The flaws include such things as
1) indulging mediocre and/or fallacious memes (e.g., "the Leftists" are the main or only reason why the West remains blind to the problem of Islam)
2) showing insufficient interest in organizing into a tighter community with more coordinated tactics calculated to deal with the context each community faces on a daily basis
3) a tendency to indulge in cliquish high school behavior whereby in-fighting, friendships and alliances seem to become more important than combatting Islam and its PC MC enablement through a war-of-ideas strategy (which brings us back to #2)
and a particularly aggravating one --
4) a tendency to encourage (or to fail to discourage) an egregious softness about the problem of Muslims.
Much more can be said about these four flaws. A fifth one could be added to them, insofar as I wouldn't mind if all four flaws persist to some extent, if the following fifth flaw had not been so prevalent:
5) a disinterest in (or even fear of) engaging in deep conversation about ideas for quality control & improving the community -- a deep conversation that, because it would be deep and honest, robust yet conducted in a spirit of good faith, might well have the effect of "rocking the boat". Whenever I have tried to spark such a conversation, if I pressed too hard, I invariably encountered resistance that seemed founded on a fear that we shouldn't disagree ("Come on now, let's not fight each other, we have those damned Muzzies and Leftists to fight -- don't let them see us fighting each other, they will only laugh at us", etc.)
After Paris 11/13/15, I realized I needed a real Counter-Jihad community -- not the vain, false hope of one.
For more in-depth details on this protracted mess & disappointment, I here list some of the many essays I've written in my exasperation at the Counter-Jihad's lack of true community. The reader may notice that the first one expresses my jaded fatigue at the Problem of the Problem -- PC MC -- not the Counter-Jihad per se. The reader may consider that first essay to be a springboard to why I snapped: namely, the Counter-Jihad's failure to deal adequately with the Problem of the Problem, thus creating a "tertiary problem": the Problem of the Problem of the Problem.
The list of essays:
Another no good Community (a conservative one hostile to overly robust criticism of Islam)
One anonymous civilian cuts through the "Counter-Jihad" horsefeathers
Jihad Watchers still schizophrenic, I see
My problem with Jihad Watchers
Every Which Way but Anti-Muslim
A fit of pique (and righteous outrage) from a citrus-flavored Hesperado
Or, to put the same thing another way...
Sorry if I keep repeating myself...
For the umpteenth time...
The Counter-Jihad Softball Team
The Counter-Jihad Nougat
Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to my Right...
To boldly go where no Jihad Watcher has gone before...
Fed up with the Counter-Jihad Softies
Paltalk: A Mixed Review