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The West's great psychological blunder

The West's great psychological blunder

Author: David Frawley
Publication: Hindu Vision
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The West has made many blunders relative to Islam. These have resulted from a failure to understand the Muslim psyche and its psychology. What America doesn't realize is that the country is now making perhaps an even greater blunder as they belatedly go after Islamic terrorism after it has just brutally attacked them, an attack that they should have seen coming. Most terrorists begin as disturbed, angry, dispossessed or humiliated young men. Such youth are vulnerable to brainwashing, particularly by a charismatic older man who becomes their leader. This leader serves as their cult hero and role model, and they give him all their loyalty, up to killing others or killing themselves in his name. In targeting Osama bin Laden and glorifying him throughout the world media, the West is galvanizing this generation of young Islamic terrorists. They have provided them the ultimate role model. They have placed an entire nation, the world's greatest superpower and technological giant on a war status ostensibly against one man, a single charismatic Muslim leader! This makes Osama equal to all America in significance. This is a media and intelligence failure of the greatest type. Why is the West targeting Osama? By targeting an individual who will be very hard to find, the West is programming itself for failure. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Even if America defeats Afghanistan or other Islamic countries or breaks up many terrorist cells, as long as Osama is at large it can appear like a defeat. At the same time, should they succeed in killing him they will only make Osama into the ultimate martyr for a culture that loves such martyrs and loves revenge. Such an action will make "Remember Osama" the war cry for terrorist acts for decades that could even go beyond Osama's ability to imagine. The only solution is to take the attention off Osama and look at the greater problem of terrorism.
 


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