Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Psychiatric Conference On Genocide Girl

I found a link to a great article through Solomonia about recent develops with the Muslim girl who advocated the genocide of Jews at a David Horowitz lecture. Apparently after she made her statement she "apologized" for it in the usual way, saying she was sorry but immediately blaming Horowitz for her own foolish actions:
“Towards the end of the exchange, I became emotional. I could no longer hear Mr. Horowitz speaking and so did not even hear his injection of Hezbollah’s credo of ‘rounding up’ Jews in his last tangent.  I could no longer contain my anger at being implicitly and improperly labeled a terrorist, an anti-Semite, and a proponent of genocide. The answer I was coerced into giving grossly misrepresented my beliefs and ideologies.”
Yeah, whatever. But what I really wanted to talk about was a great article in which four psychiatrists are hired by Front Page Magazine to talk about why she would say such a thing and then apologize for it in such a half-hearted and victimized way. It's really very long, and they talk about "Muslims" in general a lot, which might strike some as uncomfortable, but for people like myself who are intersted in psychology and why people behave the way they do, it's great. Here is an interesting passage from it:
"She admitted that she couldn’t contain her rage. This shows who has the problem. Second, Robert Spencer also gets kudos for parsing the layers of denial in its verbiage. Denial is the psychological shield Albahri throws up to protect her shame-filled self from being found out as to the fraud she really is. Why? Because she comes from Arab tribal culture and Islam, which completely devalues the female.  She lacks a stable healthy sense of self. Her need to hate the Jew is really her own “anti-Semite” self-hatred projected onto the Jew. She attacks because she is envious of the Jew and the fact that Islam is deeply indebted to Judaism but could never really acknowledge that debt. Having been brainwashed from a young age by being fed a steady diet of garbage about Jews, she moves to annihilate them — and me."
I don't quite know if I agree with all of that without knowing more about Albahri's life and the way she thinks, but it does make you wonder, doesn't it?

4 comments:

  1. It does explain why the only acceptable "liberated" role if you can call it that, allowed to Arab women is to hate Israel and to kill Jews. And that theory gains credence with the Hezbollah women's boat. Would Hezbollah countenance female equality in every other area of Arab life? You can draw your own conclusion regarding the question.

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  2. I'm uncomfortable with making mass generalizations about the psychological state of 1.5 billion people based largely on one young woman's outburst. If someone analyzed Moshe Dayan's mad dog comment into:

    "He lacks a stable healthy sense of self. His need to hate the Arab is really his own rage about the Holocaust committed by the Germans projected onto the Palestinian. He attacks because he is envious of the Palestinians innocence of both the crimes and sufferings of the Holocast and the fact that Israel is deeply indebted to Palestinians for essentially being forced to give up their own traditional homes but could never really acknowledge that debt. Having been brainwashed from a young age by being fed a steady diet of garbage about Palestinians, he moves to annihilate them — and me."

    Any fair minded person would justifiably object to it as crass racism and stereotyping based on junk science and wishful thinking. This is no different. At all. And if you like, you can replace Moshe Dayan with any one of thousands of comments from pro-Israel young men and women that are even worse that I would be more than happy to supply you with. But I think (or hope) you get the gist.

    -Amanda

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  3. Amanda,

    I pointed out in the article that I shared your concern, but I don't think that the people in the article were talking about Muslims in general. They were instead talking about Muslims who answered "yes" to David Horowitz's question. Which is not a race.

    Thanks for the comment.

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