Posted by
Gavin
• 01.29.15 09:26 am

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You know why we keep sleeping on these Western jihadis? It’s going to sound crazy but if you smoke a joint in the bath and think about it, you’ll realize it’s true. 

AHMED OMAR SAEED SHEIKH AKA UMAR SHEIKH, SHEIKH OMAR AKA SHEIK SYED AKA MUSTAFA MUHAMMAD AHMAD

1- Their names are too hard to remember. Anyone who’s tried to read Dostoevsky knows how quickly the foreign names can lose you. The guy who beheaded Daniel Pearl, helped fund 9-11, kidnapped 4 westerners in 1994, and caused a plan to be hijacked in 1999 has a bunch of different names and they’re all confusing. We’re used to superhero movies where the guy is named Lex Luthor and he  never changes it.

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2- Speaking of movies, we have been trained to think anyone who’s seen as a monster is ultimately just misunderstood. From Transformers to E.T. we have these ugly, scary monsters getting shot at by heartless authority figures as the young protagonist screams, “Nooooo! He was trying to rescue me!!!” I honestly think this Hollywood trope has become etched in the psyche of the American public.

Of course, what these two things have in common is pop culture trumping education. The death of math is a big part of this. Anecdotal evidence can run amok when you have a culture where nobody gets numbers. That’s a whole other story, however.


Comments
  1. Noonan says:

    All kidding aside, maybe we ought to assign nicknames that would be more identifiable to us folks in the west.

  2. RED says:

    I heard some people objected to that British beheader being called “John the Beatle.” Pretty sure it wasn’t John Lennon who disapproved.

  3. Ground Control To My Big Dong says:

    “The Death of Math” was good. Thanks for linking it.

  4. Ground Control To My Big Dong says:

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should’ve been called “The Hedgehog” due to the fact that he looked just like Ron Jeremy.

  5. Monsters being misunderstood. You nailed it there, Gavin. With pop culture and Hollywood, up is down and down is up (otherwise an entertaining story would be much harder to write). I think that since the mid 1970s this formula has crept into the fabric of our society, so it has become an accepted truth. An obvious example: the doofus is without exception a white male, and more often than not he’s dumb enough to keep his marriage together and be there for his kids.

  6. Gavin says:

    The nickname thing is a brilliant solution because it mocks them and they hate jokes.


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