Ironies Never Cease [A Short Story]

What you would like to hear and what you should hear, or how you should hear it, have little to do with one another. What I believe and what you believe and what we need to know, need to hear, should examine apart from our belief must be considered if any headway in understanding in this world of confusion, diversity unto diversions keeping us from seeing, from knowing, from standing firmly under what we need to hold, carry, support—what? Is it ever going to happen?

Who I am saying these things here is separate from who he is who says what he says below, the following diatribe? tirade? polemic? Which is it or what is it, how it is as it is here, the words I choose to relay to you the reader are those composed by this writer of this text, himself other than the author of me, the presenter of him, the polemicist, we could call him, the presented, not the ultimate authorial representer.

Fiction and non-fiction do not have blurry lines–that is a fallacy maintained by those without the power or the knowledge or the acumen and ability to articulate as well as they need to in order to make sense of the distinctions and the overlap between fiction and non-fiction. Highly articulate we do not want to be; it costs too much. We’re cheap which is the flip-side of greed. The presentation of this editorial? of this bit of social commentary—the commentarian, we could also call him, but why get stuck in naming the author of the text below when he himself as author of the text is a fictional author of the text, having therefore complete fictional authority over the text and its boundaries—-nothing outside the text when considering the text as the text has been written by him and presented by me.

The author of me, as I have said above, is not the author of the text below, except in as much as he authors everything inside my presentation, wearing the masks appropriate in a non-fictional world where he creates a character me who presents a text written by another character, him, the polemicist, the words of which the author of me has composed while wearing the mask of the polemicist. A Chinese box of authorship, of authority, of actual and implied texts. Here then is the text of the polemicist, the polemic, as written by the polemicist, himself non-delieneated except by his words, attributed to him, and in a way and to a degree we should not doubt.

He is everything that implications and inferences dictate. I am what my words say I am when they say other than saying what I am. The polemicist is indicative of a particularly severe opposition to foreign ideologies when they confront and form themselves in opposition to what the polemicist sees as the fundamentals of American Liberty and Democracy. He has often said that he stands with Lincoln in believing that the United States is the last best hope for humanity, which, as he continues to say, puts him directly in opposition to any manifestation in American life other than personal choice, of Sharia Law.

What Does the Goddess Isis

Have to Do with a Fanatical Islamic Cult of Death

More Heinous than the THUGGEE of Kali?

There is a serious under-estimation by the West concerning illiteracy and ignorance in the Muslim world. The depth of tragic illiteracy you can find pervasive in the Muslim world spawns an ignorance darker than most traditional conceptions of evil–which we know can grow in the human heart as easily as good has a chance to flourish in our humanity. There is a spreading shadow in the Muslim world, an increasing darkness born of ignorance and want. Poverty alone would be terrible; but the growing ignorance and the traditional desire to be put under the will of a superior force only increases what poverty manifests. There are just too many people who count themselves Muslims who cannot read Holy Qu’ran in the most rudimentary way, and who do not have a firm enough tradition in Muslim education that is anything other than submission, submission, submission. Perhaps, though, with as many admonishments in Sharia Law for excluding non-Muslims, for fractionalizing women, for supporting an affront to the personhood of non-muslims and even Muslim women, Islam could easily seem as if it were an affront to democracy and freedom, especially with the widespread illiteracy we know persists in the Muslim world. But then the level and degree of corruption in the Arab world cannot continue to be blamed on the West, and has been endemic in the region long before oil was a political as well as economic commodity.

There are far too many Muslims who cannot, in their deepest Homo-Sapiens’ incivility, respect anything outside what is conceived in their inability to think, including other Muslims who are not as savage as they can be, as they become when they find a home in an organization like ISIS. It is a given that the stupidest and most savage people who profess to be Muslims are attracted by, or easily solicited for, ISIS. It might be a horror to horrible to believe to conceive of most mainstream Muslims as not in opposition to ISIS in its larger goals, but that it goes too far to reach them, or that it is too Zealous in its attacks against fellow Muslims. I do not hear enough from Muslims in America about ISIS, unless the Zionist Media of America seeks to keep Muslim voices in opposition to ISIS muted in order to sell the idea that Islam is endemically fanatical and that reactionary Zionism is the only acceptable Zionism. I know I believe ISIS is heinous and savage; I do not want to conclude that Islam itself fosters more easily a barbarity in face of western democracy and freedom. I am having a difficult time avoiding this, though.

People who grow in a perpetually barbaric incivility–illiteracy in a literate world; uneducated in an educated and technologically advanced world, a nearly pervasive misogyny by any standards outside their own nearly medieval reinforcement of patriarchal control of women as virtual chattel–yes, anyone raised inside this system of backward moving through history, virtually, cannot have anything but contempt and resentment for what is outside the context of enforced ignorance. When I see niqabs in America, I become nealy livid, but remain controlled. I just wonder why they are here if they still want to uphold Sharia Law (an affront to democracy and freedom, one of the most anti-libertarian jurisprudence in the history of the world), at least uphold Sharia Law  for their wives and daughters?

The misogyny prevalent in the Muslim world is as much a product of their ethnic or tribal heritages as it is from any connection to or outgrowth from Holy Qu’ran; but misogyny is prevalent in Jewish Torah too, particularly the Jewish Handbook on how to torture, maim and execute women for violating men’s patriarchal chattel control of them and their bodies, Leviticus. Nonetheless, the most ignorant and barbaric Muslims are prime recruits for ISIS and the ISIS leadership’s manipulation of Holy Qu’ran, although how much they have to distort is not very much. There is no respect for any otherness in Islam. None. If it happens; it is virtually accidental. You can tell illiterates a book says anything you want it to say, but more easily when it proclaims killing is the appropriate response to non-believers, especially when Sharia Law exonerates the killing of infidels.

The marginalized person, with an ignorance we can barely imagine, is often a person ready to vent rage, particularly when herded among others with similar resentment. People raised in destitution and clouded over by systematic un-eduation (complete with a passionate need to remain illiterate–one of the great ironies and horrors of such illiteracy) find themselves at an emotional level of response reminiscent of those witnessed in the observations of our simian cousins, the chimpanzees and gorillas. Yes, we are 98% identical in DNA with our chimpanzee cousins. We must remember, also, that our chimpanzee and gorilla cousins have social structures. Too many members of ISIS seem little better than automatons of killing and destruction; the broadest iconoclasts bent on destroying all cultural heritage, any cultural expression from the past, especially if intelligent and vibrant. Their need to destroy the art of all cultures of the past is only equalled by the Nazis who when the end was near wanted to burn the entire history of Europe down. It is interesting to me that those who a religious minded and the fiercest opponents to what Homo-Sapiens represents in paleontology, the greatest opponents to scientific knowledge, or often the most barbaric in their responses to others outside their belief system.

I used to think that ISIS let loose in Syria is like letting loose Chimpanzees in the Metropolitan Museum of art with hammers and hand drills. Most of the members of ISIS cannot act in any other way but the ways you see gleefully engaged by ISIS, ironically homophonic, they do not understand, with the name of the Goddess Isis, the sister of Osiris. This could pose a problem for them, but they are simply too stupid even to get that. At times it seems, with ISIS, as if we let out all the zoos of the world and put guns in the hands of chimps and hammers in the hands of baboons. There is nothing in the world today more simian than ISIS. I do not like to say that Obama dropped the ball on this one, but he did. In my most visceral responses to this Islamic barbarity–and they are Muslims carrying out what the more intelligent and affluent among Muslims oppose, primarily, I suspect, because it will only end badly for them–but in those visceral moments when I almost utter death to all, I think we should let the Turks loose on ISIS. That would put an end to ISIS. It would also put an end to all Arabs in Syria, which is why we do not ask for their help in this way.

I make no apologies for not trying to understand the savagery of ISIS or the iconoclastic barbarism–I am a defender of civilization and an opponent of savagery and barbarity. ISIS should be revolting to every woman in the world–to every artist, every anthropologist, every archaeologist, every scientist, every rational human-being, all intelligent persons. The savagery of ISIS must be met with swift andf yes brutal annihilation of its spreading darkness. One does not meet the Devil with a handshake; Satan has risen with a following of demons–simply put; the metaphor is accurate.

ISIS is a cult of death a thousand times greater and more heinous than the THUGGEE in the cult of Kali. The British response to the Thuggee was correct. Support for the British Raj in India was in direct proportion to Britain’s elimination of the THUGGEE who had preyed on Indians for centuries, killing nearly thirty to forty thousand a year. Perhaps ISIS will, in a supreme irony, bring Muslims closer to the west.

Is it true that Islam is endemically misogynistic? ISIS wants us to think so? The West needs to stand firm in face of this, but we must also hear from Muslims just how ISIS fits in the larger puzzle that Islam remains for the West. I wish it were different, but too many mainstream Muslims, even here in the U.S., although having fled from areas of distress, remain closer in sympathy with the larger goals of ISIS, but object only in so far as ISIS goes too far–yes, more than we would like to admit or allow ourselves to imagine. ISIS, it seems, has not gone far enough for too many Muslims to rid themselves of the idea that a glorious Islamic Theocracy will bring about a Golden Age. Of course we have our own detractors who love to locate the cause of problems in the Muslim world to Western geo-politics and its policies when in fact Muslim problems come wrapped in Islamic paper, ribbons and bows–an enforced or a sponsored regression in the Muslim world comes with the direct management of Muslims screwing Muslims for gain. To void Muslims of all or any responsibility for their situations is in fact racist.

The interesting thing is that I have read Holy Qu’ran more than most of the members of ISIS probably have, and most likely with better and more intelligent results. There is no way, though, that with the ways we sponsor semi-literacy in our pedagogy, the resulting semi-literacy is not going to come back to bite us in the ass, as it already has in the way we continue to misjudge just how much illiteracy there is and at what depth of ignorance this reaches in the Muslim world, and just what this signals for diplomacy and policy, peace and understanding.

Do you need me to tell you more about him, about what he is, were he is from, who his parents were, who his girlfriends might be, how much he drinks or what he likes to drink, or what his ethnicity is, other than his nationality as a native son of America.


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