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Many people choose to buy into myths which dehumanize a perceived enemy. Vietnamese were perceived as less than human. No less than the Declaration of Independence immortalizes my people as “Merciless Indian Savages”. Filipinos were said to be descendants of apes when we fought them following the Spanish-American War. Americans were told they had tails. So with our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the myth of 72 Virgins helps to justify the deaths of our enemy. As with the above rationales for fighting a less than human enemy, it too is spun from half-truths, misconceptions and lies.
Anyone with their mind already made up can find sites which reinforce negative perceptions about any topic. Anti-union people can go to union-busters sites to get their “facts” about unions. Right wingers can go to sites proving there’s no such thing as Global Warming. Conspiracy theorists can go to sites proving George Bush personally planned the 9/11 attacks. Same with Islam, there is no end of internet sites which seek to dehumanize the followers of this religion.
Point is, people all over this world have their own beliefs. Some good, some bad. Most people basically want to feed their families and grow old watching their children prosper. Some people allow their hatred to cloud their perception of these basic facts. Some have an agenda to spread their hate with. Some are merely followers who buy into what they’ve been told to think. Regardless of the basis for their hate, the hate itself becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. One can reduce this to the absurd by comparing it to the world of sports. A football ideologue may insist an opposing quarterback constantly throws interceptions. The quarterback in question may go three games without getting picked off. He may set a record for consecutive completions. However, once he does throw a pick, the ideologue will rejoice “Aha! I told you so. He ALWAYS throws interceptions”. So there you have it.
Please do ponder the pictures of the children of the “savage Muslims,” and as you do remember the words of United States Army Colonel Chivington, at Sand Creek, during the Indian wars, as he justified the slaughter of innocents….nits make lice. Hate has many justifications and it has none…Click here for reuse options!