Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Narrative

Usually this cat is about as exciting as trekking to the hardware store with paw paw to fetch something called 'dryer hose.'

Yet even the lesser among us can score a direct hit every so often:

"The Narrative is the cocktail of half-truths, propaganda and outright lies about America that have taken hold in the Arab-Muslim world since 9/11. Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books — and tacitly endorsed by some Arab regimes — this narrative posits that America has declared war on Islam, as part of a grand “American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy” to keep Muslims down.

"Yes, after two decades in which U.S. foreign policy has been largely dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny — in Bosnia, Darfur, Kuwait, Somalia, Lebanon, Kurdistan, post-earthquake Pakistan, post-tsunami Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan — a narrative that says America is dedicated to keeping Muslims down is thriving.

"Although most of the Muslims being killed today are being killed by jihadist suicide bombers in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Indonesia, you’d never know it from listening to their world. The dominant narrative there is that 9/11 was a kind of fraud: America’s unprovoked onslaught on Islam is the real story, and the Muslims are the real victims — of U.S. perfidy

"Have no doubt: we punched a fist into the Arab/Muslim world after 9/11, partly to send a message of deterrence, but primarily to destroy two tyrannical regimes — the Taliban and the Baathists — and to work with Afghans and Iraqis to build a different kind of politics. In the process, we did some stupid and bad things. But for every Abu Ghraib, our soldiers and diplomats perpetrated a million acts of kindness aimed at giving Arabs and Muslims a better chance to succeed with modernity and to elect their own leaders.

"This narrative suits Arab governments. It allows them to deflect onto America all of their people’s grievances over why their countries are falling behind. And it suits Al Qaeda, which doesn’t need much organization anymore — just push out

"The Narrative over the Web and satellite TV, let it heat up humiliated, frustrated or socially alienated Muslim males, and one or two will open fire on their own. See: Major Hasan.

"What to do? Many Arab Muslims know that what ails their societies is more than the West, and that The Narrative is just an escape from looking honestly at themselves. But none of their leaders dare or care to open that discussion."

Fman's response is not very convincing - fact is people have been asking about it for nearly a decade - and with a few exceptions - little seems to come of it.

Instead - perhaps Great Satan and the entire "League of Hot! Democrazies" should double down on the narrative and twist it straight into those "leaders that dare not to open it to discussion"

Controlled media, pitiful literacy rates and denying roughly half the population leaning or opportunities of any kind is a sure buzzkill for any endeavor

Those are not leaders. Those are control freaks.

Pic "The Narrative"


Peter said...

And now, thanks to the 52%, we have control freaks trying to run this country.

I had my many disagreements with George W but, for all his faults, he tried to lead, not rule.

Three hundred million Americans should get in a long line and slap every government drone and shout, "we do not have rulers!"