There is an excellent series of video interviews at the RealNews site that deals with the nature of and the spread of anti Muslim bigotry, paranoia and other attitudes. You can access the page where these are at link. The interviews are conducted by Paul Jay and the contributors are Saneer Akturk and Mujeeb Khan. The whole topic stats with an analysis of the Western roots of anti Muslim bigotry and the attitudes of people in various countries in Europe and the US. (GeorgeIkners ikners.com Joomla) The fourth video is now available at link2
The depth of the analysis in European countries is substantial and contains examples of attitudes and beliefs in France, Germany and Switzerland. What becomes apparent is the level of paranoia that these countries have toward very small portions of their population. Particularly where those portions have no voice in governmental systems and more often than not are a grossly underprivileged group often exploited by the elitist elements in the system. The fact that effectively very small goups of people are involved in the hysteria directed toward them is just completely overlooked.
This type of thinking was the same driving force behind the attitudes in Weimar Germany toward the Jewish population as well as people of slavic origon. The end result was the extermination of these people by a cowardly extremist mass movement that only sought the advantage of making amends for a recent defeat and descent into economic peril. All of couse blamed on the deminized minority of the population. While the level and extent of the demonization was important the real sting in the tail was the massive public support for that type of thinking.
The position is South Africa during the apartheid ers was the same with a major difference because the white minority became totally immersed in the actions and the fears of what they saw as a completely inferior majority. However, the thinking and the tactics of oppression were the same.
Israel presents a further example of the frenzied hatred that can be whipped up through a fear of what another group of people can and suposedly will do to the governing population. The tactics are once again the same. Containment is essential whether you call it a ghetto, a canton or a concentration camp. Deprivation of even the most basic of human commodities whether they be food, medicine. water or other similar aspects of the needs for just basic survival.
Similarly no expense is spared in putting these things into effect. From the over development of a police force to excessive troop deployments to the building of prisons and secret places of internment the process rolls on.Rampant and incorrigible authoritarianism simply has no bounds.
An important feature of the demonization of Muslims is to ensure that they have no effective voice in institutions and countries carrying out the active discrimination. Parliaments sit without Muslim representation of any effect.
You only need to look at the UN where there is no Muslim country/power on the Security Council or the G8. The functions of those groups are conducted by quite rabid anti Muslim countries with a track record for oppression. These are interviews that do require thought and further elucidation. The speakers are well versed in the matters they speak to and their opinions deserve to be respected.
Let’s face it as an adage goes “even paranoids have real enemies”. However, more often than not the paranoid’s real enemy is him or herself. Bigotry and discrimination are the stock in trade of the reactionary, the fascist and the unprincipled in society who seek to impose a very narrow illogical view on everyone for their own benefit.
In the fourth video, now available, there is further analysis about the spread of anti Muslim attitudes and bigotry in the United States. What is of interest is the way it can be seen to be a similar process and linked to other bigoted attitudes toward minority groups. The discussion also shows how the anti Muslim rhetoric is merged and has become an integral part of the anti terrorist campaigns that only mask attempts at dominance over other groups.
These type of attitudes are not new in Australia where from the early days of the colony there was the growth of an almost pathological fear of the Chinese that combined with the fear of the loss of jobs to workers that saw the unions so actively supporting and promulgating the White Australia Policy. This of course was painted on to a background of racial mistreatment and the slaughter of the indigenous population.
The best reflection of these attitudes is the outright refusal of many to even contemplate the recognition of past abhorrent behaviour with such a simple word as “sorry” as we recently saw. We had the disgusting sight of a Prime Minister unable to come to grips with the most basic of decent human attitudes to the past. The so called cloud placed on not saying the word was the outrageous belief,”well why should I be sorry I did not do anything like that.” What was even worse was the implied belief that if you do say that word you are opening up a Pandora’s box of claims by the indigenous to claim compensation and the like.
George Ikners ikners.com ikners.com Joomla