The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: “I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone.”
There are at least four main reasons that explain why Americans care far more about the beheadings (thus far) of two Americans and one U.K citizen, than they care — here’s the polling — about the thousands of foreign victims of US drone bombing. Here’s how people are likely being manipulated into believing that more US bombing is the answer to such terroristic killings even when almost all military experts have admitted that it won’t work and “there’s no military solution”:
The emergence and success of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq has been portrayed as arising from a vacuum stooped in Islamic ideology. An ideology purported to be the anti-thesis of everything liberal, pluralist and inclusive. Thus the killing of minorities, the beheading of journalist James Foley and the sexual slavery of women evokes Orientalist perceptions of Islam – the barbarians against the civilised West.
The carnage committed by ISIS is nothing short of atrocious, and focusing attention on their violent excesses in respect to minorities without any reference to their equally aggressive attitudes towards the majority Sunnis is a failure to understand the very core of the ISIS phenomena. Such shallow scrutiny further provides a narrative to the right wing extremists who indict Islam due to the actions of ISIS. The group has further provided a golden opportunity for scavengers like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ilk who now attempt to equate ISIS with Hamas.
The well-known former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was right when he famously said, “rest assured, the Arabs are a nation that doesn’t read, and if they read they don’t understand, and if they understand they don’t act”. How short is the Arab and Islamic memory, as short as a goldfish? We quickly forget and fall into the same traps that we barely escaped. Why do we continue to repeat the hadith (prophetic tradition)”A believer is not bitten from the same pit twice”, but allow the same snake to bite us from the same pit over and over again?
Why have the Islamists not learnt from their bitter experience in Afghanistan? Did America not trick them by volunteering to participate in the historic battle against the Soviet Union and back them, only to then wipe them out and persecute them once their task was done and they were no longer needed? Did America not promise them the virtuous Islamic state that they thought they were seeking in Afghanistan, without knowing that they were just tools who would have no share of the land?
The woman to the left is supposed to depict Michelle Obama’s recent photo in support to the poor girls kidnapped in Nigeria. (May God help them get home soon.) To the right though is a Muslim women who is showing all the different places in the world were women are being kidnapped,raped and killed in massive numbers. So to help put things into perspective she stands with many names.