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.
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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.