Saturday, July 07, 2007

Loserists

Matthew Parris had a piece in The Times which I really liked. It basically says that so-called terrorists are a bunch of sad, drop-out, misfit losers; and portraying them that way is key to making the whole thing go away. Being a member of a group of people who are perceived as sad, misfit drop-outs isn't something that disaffected youths would aspire to, whereas the idea of a criminal, intelligent evil, shadowy powerful organisation, well that has a lot more appeal.

So, international terrorism will shrivel up and die if we respond to them by letting them know how sad, pathetic, futile and silly they are, rather than according them status as evil, baldycat-stroking, scar-eyed, Bond villains.

Okay, so the cat in this picture isn't baldy, but I'm sure you get the point. I couldn't find a picture of Doctor Evil.

11 comments:

Brian Sibley said...

I'd have said that it is pretty hard to present terrorists as supervillains after their recent (fortunate for us) bunglings... Still they WERE only doctors, god help us if they start enlisting vets!

Verification word today: aaxervzs... He was a Persian king, I believe

Tickersoid said...

Persian king? sure he wasn't a comedic Gaul?

Anyway, I'm not convinced but feel the press ought to mock them a bit more. Mathew Parris could well be right.

Word varification was zcsjrko, wasn't he a Greek god?

CyberPete said...

He sounds more like a czech gentlemans recreation video star Ticker

Just be careful if you start mocking them too much you may get a cartoon-gate on your back.

They don't like that.

Verification word: jjgggbj (hmnmm)

First Nations said...

it's true. why hasn't it occurred to any of these poor bastards that the sons of privileged rich Moslems are conspicuous by their absence in the rush to blow themselves up???
....aaaaaaand here's where i'll stop, i feel a twitch developing under my right eye...

*wanders off muttering and gesturing, shouting at letterboxes, laughing for no reason*

Inexplicable DeVice said...

That cat looks like it's squeezing one out on Blofeld's thigh (it is Blofeld, isn't it?).

WV is guwckre - an Aboriginal gynacologist, I believe?

Da Nator said...

Alas, there are a number of groups that see fit to tell terrorists that what they're doing IS heroic and guarantees them martyrdom, etc., and I don't think our press saying they're pathetic is going to do much to stop that. I mean, who are poor muslim youth going to believe? Other muslims in their area or the infidels in the West who've subjugated them for so long?

If we got the majority of the Middle Eastern, Islamic press and government saying terrorists are pathetic that might be one thing, although it would have to be a very subtly handled propaganda campaign, which our current gov'ts don't seem capable of conducting. Not so good at "hearts and minds," are we?

BTW, white cats are evil. I have one, so I should know.

DanProject76 said...

I remember calling those rubbish 21/7 London 'bombers' ugly cunts when they were caught. Especially the one who had to surrender round his flat with no top on. Fat, ugly, stupid, useless AND he had a horrible beard. He'll never get the virgins in the real world. Maybe that's why they did it? Hmm...

Tickersoid said...

Talking of the 72 virgins thing, what about gays? Do they get 72 youngsters unschooled in the art of marmite mining? or do they get the same virgins as everyone else. What about women bombers? Do they get the virgin men, are they the same virgin men that the sausage jocky's get? What if there are more suicide bombers than dead virgins? divided by 72. Would it be like, "Sorry there's a bit of a shortage of virgins, probably due to decadent Western influences, you'll just have to make do with 27." What if the virgins are such because they are exceptionally ugly?

Islamic theology - More questions than answers.

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Ooh, Tickers. You raise a good point, or several, there.

Ew. Marmite mining...

Al said...

tickersoid, wouldn't the gay men all have been stoned to death for just being gay under strict islamic law anyway?

And stop with the apostrophe abuse!

Sopwith-Camel said...

I recently sold a white fluffy cat exactly like that on ebay, to sonone who was going to a fancy dress party as blofield, and who had been let down at the last moment by the local fancy dress shop.

ANd conspiracy theorists always portray "them" as rich, incredibly cunning, and all-powerful, but I don't think the human race can produce enough people that gifted to even perform a duet, let alone form a quorum.