Front page
Archive
Silflay Hraka?


Bigwig is a systems administrator at a public university
Hrairoo is the proprietor of a quality used bookstore
Kehaar is the head web developer for a regional newspaper
Woundwort is a professor of counseling at a private university

The Hraka RSS feed

Email
bigwig AT nc.rr.com

Friends of Hraka
InstaPundit
Daily Pundit
cut on the bias
Meryl Yourish
This Blog Is Full Of Crap
Winds of Change
A Small Victory
Silent Running
Dr. Weevil
Little Green Footballs
ColdFury
Oceanguy
Fragments from Floyd
VodkaPundit
Allah
The Feces Flinging Monkey
Dean's World
Little Tiny Lies
The Redsugar Muse
Sperari
Natalie Solent
From the Mrs.
ErosBlog
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
On the Third Hand
Public Nuisance
Not a Fish
Rantburg
AMCGLTD
WeckUpToThees!
Electric Venom
Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo
Common Sense and Wonder
Neither Here Nor There
Wizbang!
Bogieblog
ObscuroRant
RocketJones
The Greatest Jeneration
Ravenwolf
Ipse Dixit
TarHeelPundit
Blog On the Run
blogatron
Redwood Dragon
Notables
Greeblie Blog
Have A Cuppa Tea
A Dog's Life
IMAO
Zonitics.com
Iberian Notes
Midwest Conservative Journal
A Voyage to Arcturus
HokiePundit
Trojan Horseshoes
In Context
dcthornton.blog
The People's Republic of Seabrook
Country Store
Blog Critics
Chicago Boyz
Hippy Hill News
Kyle Still Free Press
The Devil's Excrement
The Fat Guy
War Liberal
Assume the Position
Balloon Juice
Iron Pen In A Velvet Glove
IsraPundit
Freedom Lives
Where Worlds Collide
Knot by Numbers
How Appealing
South Knox Bubba
Heretical Ideas
The Kitchen Cabinet
Dustbury.com
tonecluster
Bo Cowgill
mtpolitics.net
Raving Atheist
The Short Strange Trip
Shark Blog
Hoplites
Jimspot
Ron Bailey's Weblog
Cornfield Commentary
Testify!
Northwest Notes
pseudorandom
The Blog from the Core
Ain'tNoBadDude
CroMagnon
The Talking Dog
WTF Is It Now??
Blue Streak
Smarter Harper's Index
nikita demosthenes
Bloviating Inanities
Sneakeasy's Joint
Ravenwood's Universe
The Eleven Day Empire
World Wide Rant
All American
Pdawwg
The Rant
The Johnny Bacardi Show
The Head Heeb
Viking Pundit
Mercurial
Oscar Jr. Was Here
Just Some Poor Schmuck
Katy & Bruce Loebrich
But How's The Coffee?
Roscoe Ellis
Foolsblog
Sasha Castel
Dodgeblogium
Susskins Central Dispatch
DoggerelPundit
Josh Heit
Attaboy
Aaron's Rantblog
MojoMark
As I was saying...
Blog O' Dob
Dr. Frank's Blogs Of War
Betsy's Page
A Knob for Brightness
Fresh Bilge
The Politburo Diktat
Drumwaster's rants
Curt's Page
The Razor
An Unsealed Room
The Legal Bean
Helloooo chapter two!
As I Was Saying...
SkeptiLog AGOG!
Tong family blog
Vox Beth
Velociblog
I was thinking
Judicious Asininity
This Woman's Work
Fragrant Lotus
DaGoddess
Single Southern Guy
Caerdroia
GrahamLester.Com
Jay Solo's Verbosity
TacJammer
Snooze Button Dreams
Horologium
You Big Mouth, You!
From the Inside looking Out
Night of the Lepus
No Watermelons Allowed
From The Inside Looking Out
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Suburban Blight
Aimless
The SmarterCop
Dog of Flanders
From Behind the Wall of Sleep
Beaker's Corner
Bad State of Gruntledness
Who Tends The Fires
Granny Rant
Elegance Against Ignorance
Moxie.nu
Eccentricity
Say What?
Blown Fuse
Wait 'til Next Year
The Pryhills
The Whomping Willow
The National Debate
The Skeptician
Zach Everson
MonkeyWatch
Geekward Ho
Argghhh!!!
Life in New Orleans
Rotten Miracles
Fringe
The Biomes Blog
illinigirl
See What You Share
Truthprobe
Blog d’Elisson
Your Philosophy Sucks
Watauga Rambler
Socialized Medicine
Consternations
Verging on Pertinence
Read My Lips
ambivablog
Soccerdad
The Flannel Avenger
Butch Howard's WebLog
Castle Argghhh!
Andrew Hofer
kschlenker.com
Moron Abroad
White Pebble
Darn Floor
Wizblog
tweedler
Pajama Pundits
BabyTrollBlog
Cadmusings
Goddess Training 101
A & W

June 13, 2002

Al Qaeda: Terrorist Organization or

Al Qaeda: Terrorist Organization or Really Mean Cult?

This recent article in the New York Times brought up some interesting thoughts for me. It stirred both my anger and my patriotism, and swirled them together until they created an interesting blend of emotions. More Americans have been arrested in Pakistan under suspicion of being members of Al Qaeda. What could possibly have gone so wrong in these people’s lives that they moved half way around the world and joined this group? We all have bad days and disagree with people, but why join Al Qaeda? Did they just want to beat women, or perhaps the lure of never having to shave again was too exciting to pass up?

Look, we all have differences with people. For example, I do not particularly care for the way the Chinese government treats its citizens. Their human rights record is less than exemplary, yet I am still able to go out and eat sesame chicken without leading a protest. I am able to separate the two and realize that the leaders of the government and the guy cooking my egg roll are not the same person. These dudes killed thousands of innocent people who simply represented things they detest. If you don’t like that our country is wealthy, or if you don’t like it that women here do not have to wear a blanket when they are in public, then stay out, move or shut up. I do not understand how Al Qaeda went from inviting us to help them to blowing up the WTC. There seems to be a quantum leap between the two actions.

I have yet to see one beard that looks nice among Al Qaeda members. I probably would not like to eat the same things they do (camel hoof and snake lips). I would not like to live where I could be caned in the middle of the street, or where I might be told that I couldn’t watch Cheers, play Yahtzee, or sing in the shower. I do not agree with many of the customs of other countries……….but I do not care to blow your shit up either. Live and let live, you a#$%!holes!!!

All of these things have led me to believe that we should view the Al Qaeda as a cult. Here are a few reasons why. There are usually 3 characteristics shared by most cults.
1. Intensely shared and bonding beliefs. It is easy to recognize that members of Al Qaeda have a number of beliefs that are shared among its members, not the least of which is that America is evil.
2. They often involve religious expectations about a dramatic world change. This is a group of fundamentalists that would rather see the end of the world than for America to prosper.
3. A high degree of group cohesiveness and social regimentation within an authoritarian structure, headed by a charismatic leader. Like it or not, Osama Bin Laden must be charismatic to some degree. You don’t get that many supporters just because you can afford to throw a kick ass party (MC Hammer not included).

Perhaps if we view Al Qaeda as a cult it would help us put into perspective some of their actions and recruiting techniques. They prey on people who are dissatisfied with their lives, who are looking for something, people who are lonely, sick, and looking for spiritual support. Al Qaeda is all too willing to provide that support, but only if you are willing to blow yourself up in some horrific act of violence. I just hope that the 70 virgins who were waiting for those bastards in eternity were really, really ugly.

Posted by Woundwort at June 13, 2002 10:53 AM | TrackBack
Postscript:
First time visitor to House Hraka? Wondering if everything we produce could possibly be as brilliant/stupid/evil/pedantic/insipid/inspired as the post you just read? Check out the Hraka Essentials, the (mostly) reader-selected guide to Hraka's best posts, and decide for yourself.
Comments
Post a comment Note: Comments with more than two dashes per line will be blocked as spam.









Remember personal info?