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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Any Banner Will Do

The Islamic State doesn't give people a reason to commit mass murder. It gives people disposed to commit mass murder a banner to hoist. Take one banner away and they'll select another -- religious, secular, whatever is at hand. There's always a banner to hoist.


Skyler J. Collins said...

If you're curious where such a disposition comes from:

Unknown said...

You worded that very, very well. Perfectly, in fact.

People have never needed very good excuses to kill one another.

Angry and alienated young men have needed even less of an excuse than other people.

Anonymous said...

I think that some of this mass murderers would prefer to murder the political leaders that bombed and killed their fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters and sons and daughters. But, it turns out that those are very well protected. So they decide to kill unprotected people, thinking that, at the very least, that would cause some trouble for the leaders. The victims in Orlando won't pay the taxes that would throw more bombs in Afghanistan or Egypt or anywhere else.
But a normal human being has to rid himself of many constraints in order to commit mass murder. It is necessary some "inspiration" and training. Banners are a first step to become a moral nihilist.