Friday, June 10, 2005

The Consequences of Enabling Terror

A reader wonders why I focus so much attention on the poor Feminists:

Feminism as a movement never killed anyone, not one person - can't we focus our energies on things that actually result in death and destruction not just frustration and anger?

I decided to expand on my response, because he brings us a very important point.

I am primarily (but not exclusively) concerned in my blog with Islamofascism and the War on Terror. September 11th was the defining incident that mobilized me and woke me from my disinterest in things outside my local community. Many of my posts deal with what many could consider "side-issues" such as the mainstream media; the deterioration of academic institutions; the Left and other remnants of Communism and Socialism; modern-day feminists (part of the Left,sadly, but destructive enough in their own right) and a variety of other topics.

All these topics have something in common with the rise of Islamofascism and the prosecution of the WOT. Since I am a psychiatrist, I try to look at the big picture. Not only must I address the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of my patients, but I would be professionally remiss if I did not also address those psychosocial issues that I think are important factors that enable, support, or facilitate the psychological problems of my patients.

Likewise, I find that what the MSM, the Left, Feminists, and various other assorted groups I choose to comment on all wittingly or unwittingly enable, support, or facilitate terror and terrorists.

Personally, I have ignored the Women's movement for about 25 years now , having outgrown them in my 20's. But in their current toxic iteration, they, along with the Leftist remnants of totalitarian collapes; the MSM, liberal academia; many folks in the Democratic party are engaged in all three behaviors that provide aid and comfort to the greatest threat to civilization in our history. Whether their behavior is conscious or not, I really don't care. The results are the same.

And, if you don't think that their behavior has caused considerable death, destruction and other serious consequences, then you are not looking at the whole picture of what is going on in our world today.

Think of it this way: it is not enough to focus on just the drinking of the alcoholic, a good therapist must also deal with the environment of the alcoholic and people in that environment(the psychosocial supports) that enable that alcoholic--i.e., who buy him the alcohol, who encourage him to drink it etc. If you fail to do that, then your intervention is in vain. Or, let's take the latest public obsession--the Michael Jackson trial as an example. Whatever Michael Jackson was or wasn't doing with those young boys was hardly a mystery to the boys' mothers and/or families, which had to be complicit and enable Jackson's behavior (the kids didn't get to the Ranch on foot, nor did they stay overnight without permission). No, it served the purposes of the parents to enable Jackson's behavior. It serves the purposes of the Feminists et al, to ignore the brutality of Islam towards women, in favor of demanding that the Harvard President whimper and wallow before them in abject apology for remarks that were scientifically justified.

The commenter on my blog rightly notes that there is frustration and anger in my posts about these issues. Yes, there is. I care about my country and what it stands for. I understand the difference between Gitmo --where it is possible that some individuals do not follow military policy--and real Gulags, where the policy is institutional and part of the state and those who implement it are rewarded, not punished. If you can't see the difference, then yes, I am angry at the poor insight and lack of reflection. My God! We are in a war! Would you rather we simply line them up and execute them? That's what was done in WWII to any "soldiers" who didn't wear uniforms and didn't meet the requirements of the Geneva Convention. It serves some bizarre purpose, I imagine to fault America who is doing MORE than required for these enemy combatants, while completely ignoring the brutally perverse treatment accorded to Americans by the terrorists.

Yes I am angry. And I'm fed up with such insane moral equivalence.

I have a patient who comes in depressed and feeling victimized because her "ex-boyfried" won't stay "ex". It turns out that she regularly phones him, picks him up from work,lets him come to her apartment, buys him things and so on--but she simply can't understand why he would think that she still wants to be with him. Why, indeed.

How does one deal with a situation like the above? Well, you try to get the patient to look within and take responsibility for their own behavior; and to recognize that their behavior has consequences.

The consequences of enabling terror are that people die.

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