Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Orlando Gloom

Victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre: Who they were

DDGD June 15, 2016
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Index of Global Delirium
The Index reflects the state of delirium in a particular country using a 1 to 10 count, with 10 denoting the highest level of delirium. Levels of delirium change on the basis of current development in said country, such as instability, terrorism, elections, sports events and the like,  as well as relevant global developments such financial meltdowns, certain leaks, and stock market indices. Countries shown above are among those where fluctuation in the national and local indices have a greater global impact than is the case with other countries. Note: levels of violence and delirium do not always coincide. Indeed, a country can have a high delirium level even though it is relatively stable. 

The upwards trend continues not simply on account of the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, but, no less importantly, on account of the reactions to them in certain political quarters.  

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“[The Muslims] know what’s going on. They know that he was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death, and destruction.” --Donald Trump

The Delirica

Of Hate, Guns & Hubris: Orlando Shooter Was Reportedly a Regular at Pulse and Had a Profile on Gay Dating App. This should not be surprising. Many of the hate crimes perpetrated against members of the LGBTQ community involve disturbed individuals who are having difficulty, due to societal pressures, accepting the fact that they might belong to this community as well. But, does that take away from the involvement of other factors as well, in this case, Islamist extremism and the easy access to assault weapons (not to mention steroids and bipolar disease)? I don’t think so.

But while outreach to people with mental problems is hampered by the sheer demographics involved, and countering violent extremism is complicated by a variety of geopolitical considerations, gun control is impeded only by our unwillingness to learn, and by pressures from the NRA. A country that can remain divided on the issue of gun control after so many tragedies have taken place in such short period of time is one that is heading towards a period of serious social instability, despite its status as the world sole superpower, and its role as a defender of democracy. Like all such developments, this one is made inevitable only by our hubris. Hate, guns and hubris are quite the dangerous mix.

But leave it to Samantha Bee to put things in proper perspective

And while we are waiting for more clarity on Orlando attacker and his motivations, I hope this story doesn’t fall off the radar: Man Armed With Assault Rifles, Explosives Intended to Target California Gay Pride Parade, Police Say. The young man’s name is James Wesley Howell, a 20-year old from Indiana, and he was arrested just as the Orlando attack was unfolding. Coincidence or Coordination? If coincidence, then, it’s a reminder so timely it’s divine of how widespread anti-gay sentiments are still at this stage in history, and of how difficult the challenge towards obtaining equal rights for all remains.

As for those who want to ignore the pervasive Islamist dimension in this situation, these videos might help provide some context. The imam in the first is a Shia figure from Iran.

Bilal Qureshi is right to speak of a Muslim silence on gay rights. It’s been deafening so many of us in the human rights community for decades now.

Muslims don't need to apologize for the lives lost in Florida. Not every Muslim is responsible for today's tragic incident. They however need to stop lying that violent Muslims are not Muslims. Instead of coming up with lame excuses whether Hitler was a Muslim or whether Muslims were responsible behind initiating the two world wars and nuking Japan, try identifying the problem. The problem of violent extremism, the problem of growing homophobia in the Muslim world... but since it is difficult to stand up, take responsibility and work for reformation of specific doctrines through counter narratives, therefore people go for something easier which is to simply get away with it by saying "no Muslim can do this" and "terrorism has no religion." The more we stay in denial, the more we will be isolated.

The reason why Dylann Roof, the young white man who murdered nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was not identified as terrorist is a matter that deserves further analysis. Personally, I believe that the existence of an ideological motivation, to go along with whatever personal motif is involved, makes whatever crime committed worthy of being identified as an act of terrorism. And yes, to me, that does mean that the line between hate crimes and terrorism is imaginary.

The Roots of Lone Wolf TerrorismWhy the West's Homegrown Jihadists Are All Sunni.” Andrew L. Peek notes that “Essentially, there is an inverse correlation at work here: the more state support a terrorist group receives, the more limited and geopolitical are its objectives.” This corollary, according to Peek, seems to hold true for Shia terrorist groups supported by Iran, but he hopes that, if Saudi succeeded in getting the various radical Sunni Jihadi groups currently operating in Syria and Iraq to accept its authority, that the corollary will apply to these groups as well. 

The problem in this argument lies in the fact that such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are really amorphous networks that have accepted multiple sponsorships, including from Iran, despite existing sectarian differences, and are, therefore, ultimately beholden to none. In fact, it is not always clear whether the different groups claiming to be affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda are in fact truly committed to that. As precedents set in Iraq and Syria show, there are units within the networks that seem to be run, if not completely manned, by security agents working for the Assad regime, or even directly for Iranian and even Russian intelligence. As such, acts that might initially appear as Lone Wolf attacks could in fact constitute sophisticated false-flag security operations coming in the service of certain geopolitical interests. Differentiating between the two kinds of operations is important, but is something that various governments including the American and other Western governments, may not want to do publicly for their own geopolitical considerations.  

Finally, and as the Pulse Attack itself indicates the involvement of personal individual factors seem to play a major role in this matter. State sponsorship, therefore, may not be effective here, not unless these states were willing to monitor the mental health of their recruits and to provide mental health benefits, including counselling to those who needed.

The Daily Delirynth

The War-Mongers: Keeping Iran and Saudi Arabia From War “Getting Riyadh and Tehran to Talk.” Or, perhaps if they ended up fighting on their own lands, they might stop fighting by proxy on ours. At least, the world might have to intervene then and force the agreement of some kind of security charter for the region. Doing it preemptively would be better of course, but that’s asking too much of our current set of mediocre leaders everywhere. 

Meanwhile, the fate of a certain blunt instrument is in the air: Iran’s Return Isn’t Helping Hezbollah Pay the BillsTehran may be back in fashion, but an American law has cut off its Lebanese ally.” With Hezbollah’s other sources of funds, especially its sex trade and drug trafficking operations, drying up as well, things don’t look so good for Nasrallah and Co. their fate may not be sealed as Assad’s might be, with a convenient car bombing or heart attack, as they seem more adept at adjusting. Then again why not? It’s a brave new world out there.

The Three Wannabe Messiahs of Syria’s Reconstruction: (left to Right) Nabil Kuzbari, Ayman Asfari and Walid Zaabi 
The Salvation-Bearers: These Super-Rich Syrians Are Waiting to Return If War Ever Ends. The legendary corruption of the Assad regime has become much worse over the course of its bloody war against the Syrian people. Those who think that rebuilding is possible under the auspices of the current set of leaders are quite delusional. Without conducting a major anti-corruption campaign, rebuilding will prove impossible. But conducting such a campaign calls for major change of existing cadres on all levels, and that will spell trouble for the Assad clique who now has to contend with serious rivals to their authority on the local level within each and every community and region still under their nominal control (except even more illustrious generals, such as the recently collapsed Muhamamd Mansourah, to drop accidentally from high buildings). The challenges of the reconstruction are likely to produce what the rebellion could not: seal the fate of the Assad regime. Rather, they might force the hand of its Iranian and Russian backers by highlighting the need for regime change if they are to succeed in their future efforts at pacifying and dividing control over the country. 

Syrians unload boxes from a truck after an aid convoy of the Syrian Red Crescent entered Harasta, a besieged rebel-held suburb of Syria's capital on May 18, 2016 CREDIT: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

UN attacked for giving control of aid 'to Assad regime' in Syria. “UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said: "to describe the UN humanitarian work in Syria as not being impartial or not being fair, discredits the amazing work of our colleagues, mostly Syrians, are doing every day to try to deliver aid to the Syrian people". The report actually raises some very valid points and does so, objectively. It deserves a better response than this attempt at deflection through emotional manipulation.

The Exotic Observations & Propositions of Delirian Mundi
Known to those of his followers seeking his canonization and entry into the Valtheon of Deliriology, as Agnus Mundi, and to his detractors as Ranae Dei and even Capra Satanae, Delirian Mundi’s writings, mixing satire and philosophical reflections, continue to be polarizing, inspiring both adulation and ridicule. Bearing this in mind, we, the editors at DDGD, continue to publish these previously unknown series of “exotic observations and propositions,” as Delirian himself referred to them, as part of our continuing commitment to instigate debate over sensitive issues.

* Neither bravery nor wisdom is sufficient to make the world a better place. The role of organization and planning is much more critical.

* In the moral sense, might is not right, but in the practical sense, that’s exactly what it is. That’s why power will always remain alluring, and that’s why when we speak of improving our lives, we often refer to empowering ourselves.

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