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At 06:42 PM 27/02/02 -0500, Scott wrote:
> Maybe our up front
>"in your face" military approach (coupled with going after the money trail
>of the al-Qaeda networks) redeced the ability of the terrorists to carry out
>some other things they may have slated. OTOH trying to go through the
>process of extradition would have left the training and planning apparati
>intact within Afghanistan. They may have suffered enough of a setback due to
>our intense bombing campaign coupled with Afghan friendlies helping us on
>the ground to have weakened them somewhat. Slaying the hydra will not be an
>easy objective, but the first step seems to have been in a positive
>direction IMO. I could be wrong.
Hi again Scott
In the light of your admission that you could be wrong, I would like to
apologise for my somewhat harsh reply to your previous Rumsfeldian diatribe
and address the underlying subjective memes embedded in your
non-flag-waving posts. The first is your assumption that anyone violently
opposed to the US is evil and deserves death, then comes the rights of the
US to intervene when and where it demes to be good whilst denying such
rights to others - Who voted you guys Sheriff? Then comes the remarkable
idea that by killing thousands of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and
depriving Somalis of their Bank (causing hardship to thousands more) that
you are winning. Are these notions supportable in fact or only in the
>The terrorists want us out of Saudi and dislike our stance towards Israel.
>They probably don't like our relationships, however strained, with the
>leaders in Saudi, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, etc. It's hard to have a dialogue
>with extremists indoctrinated within the world-view that we are evil
>incarnate and Zionist co-conspirators.
Then there is the idea that it is only 'terrorists' or 'extremists' who
want the US out of Saudi and who want a more reasoned approach to
Palestine. Where did you get that one? That the US is, and was, a
co-conspiritos in the Zionist project is a matter of history and one must
not be surprised that this fact makes the dispossessed somewhat disinclined
to appreciate the 'goodness' perceived by your indoctrinated world view.
I suggest that you subscribe to the moderate Arab daily news service at
ArabicNews.com for a slightly less filtered version of events than you are
apparently used to.
>At least some of the gov't entities in these countries are trying to get the
>ball towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians rolling. I haven't
>read up enough on the proposal Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah has been touting
>to know how much it entails beyond Israel returning to pre-1967 borders in
>exchange for peace and Arab recognition. Abdullah appears as a moderate in
>this, which may not go over well with the Islamist extremists, those same
>people whom we are supposed to be dialoguing with.
Now here's a novel idea, a US puppet will suggest that the Palestinians
should be happy with the worst scraps of their ancient homeland while those
who took their land by force and terror become wealthy on the rest - shades
of the Indian reservations. These infectious memes are dangerous Scott. In
my 'world-view' 'good' must be alied to justice.
>I have my reservations about the house of Saud, but if Abdullah can pull
off a peace deal, more
>power to him. I don't see entities like al-Qaeda attempting something such
>as this and I'm wondering how Hamas and the multitude of anti-Israel
>Islamist groups will react to the possibility of a comprehensive peace (even
>if a Palestinian state might evolve from it eventually).
This idea that peace will come from a negotiation between the victors and
the dispossessed is demonstrably untrue. Indigenous peoples pursue their
claims for hundreds, if not thousands (in the case of Japan), of years.
>Nonetheless, the hydra remains and there are other heads to lop off ASAP.
>Your calls to more diplomatic methods are noble, but I prefer gunship
>diplomacy when it gets down to a serious situation as we have now.
John Wayne would be proud of these memes, we have the notion that violence
will cure evil and a damn good gunfight will fix anything. Forget
Rumsfeld's new office, the old one in Hollywood is doin' just fine.
>What happens *if* the U.S. and Russia start co-operating. Aren't we possibly
>entering into the Georgian conflict? As much as I might enjoy ragging on the
>Brits, they will (however begrudgingly, reluctantly and critically) probably
>stick by us.
Even the Russians are getting USAnian help with their Moslems. Poor old
Slobodan all he had to do was wait a few years and he could have had US
assistance to deal with the Kosovars and Albanians.
All of the above contentions, both yours and mine Scott, are meme driven.
My heritage is from the dispossessed Catholic Irish, yours, I would guess,
is from the victorious colonisers of North America. Our heritages have left
indelible imprints on us. They make us susceptible to memetic infection. To
you might makes right, but to my people the worst, the most evil, the most
Godless barbarians of all were Christian/capitalist fundamentalists with guns.
Can you find a tiny doubt in your USAnian fundamentalism that might lead
you to a wider understanding of the Middle Eastern crisis and the dubious
role that the US has played in the region? Will you try to overcome the
detrimental effects of the Hollywood meme factory enough to accept that US
megalomania has contributed to its present situation and should, as such,
bear some of the blame for the events of 9/11
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