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Why Do They Join the Jihad?

September 3rd, 2014 - 7:24 am

Because it gives meaning to life, that’s why.

It’s a commonplace to anyone who’s studied the rise of fascism, of which Islamofascism is the most recent variety.  The main problem with democratic capitalism is that it’s so successful, and therefore very boring.  A generation or two of European intellectuals bemoaned the great triumph of science and industry, which they portrayed as relentlessly stifling the human soul, burying us under a hill of material things.

The Germans produced the most moving such literature — think Nietzsche, think Hesse, not accidentally the cult hero of the American revolt against materialism in the 1960s — and, seeking for paths to spiritual fulfillment, they often wandered off into Eastern mysticism.  (Californians dd, too, and sometimes still do, but that’s not fascism.  It’s Hollywood spirituality).

The spiritual path merged with politics, catalyzed by war.  All fascism, whatever version of social or political organization it advocates, insists that war is the true measure of human virtue.  A person’s valor and courage are measured by his performance in combat.  The Italian fascists insisted that Mussolini and his followers were superior people who had been molded in the trenches of the Great War.  Young men and women who believed they possessed heroic qualities raced to join the fascist movement, just as they now race to join the jihad.

It is not primarily a matter of social class, although there is a considerable literature on the recruitment of poor young Muslims to suicide terrorism, in which the recruiters offer money and security to the surviving family.  The primary passion is excitement, the thrill of fighting the enemy, of making a signal contribution to the creation of a new world, and joining an irresistible force.

How much more thrilling than plodding along in a bourgeois world with no spiritual fulfillment, but only…things.

This quest for the meaning of life is a leitmotif of human history. The British Empire was replete with them (Lawrence, for example) as was America as we marched West to fill out the continent.  Modern politics has enlisted such people in an enthusiastic mass movement that threatens democratic capitalism.  The 20th-century fascists were largely secular, substituting their own rituals for traditional religious ones;  Islamofascism turns it around, substituting religious rituals and beliefs for the largely secular ones that defined the “modern world.”

Both work so long as the movement succeeds.  Both fail when they are defeated.  That’s why we have to crush the jihad — we kill the jihadis before they kill us, and we shatter their ideology by demonstrating that their leaders are false prophets.

Faster, please…

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"So I think we should at least respect the power of what the Islamic State is trying to do, and understand that they have tapped into something very deep and potent."

That would be...morons chanting verses justifying the slaughter (alternatively, the enslavement) of anyone who doesn't chant the same verses or commit to spreading the insanity into every corner of the planet ?

Nope.

I don't get the parallel with the genesis of modern Israel, either.
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"In the end, they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, make us your slaves but feed us."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Freedom has no guaranteed result; in fact, the end results can seem nebulous and indiscriminate as far as rewarding success. Only a few people are given talent at birth, and still talent is no guarantee of success. The 'beserker' needs no talent, the drudgery of hard work can be avoided, and you can be an instant success, you can be an imbecile and you will be rewarded in the next life and accepted by tribes of imbeciles. How good can it get?

http://skooksjournal.com/?p=677

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Why?
Seriously?

Evil Men are drawn to Mohammad’s Islam for NO OTHER REASON than its sanctification of their blood-lust to pleasure themselves through the harm of others.

It provides the violent sociopath with a limitless power to permanently, viciously, subjugate all others (including other Muslims of the “wrong sect”?) on the fly, daily, all at their own personal whim.

Child rape, slavery, torture, murder, thieving and looting, lying and deceiving.
All because "you deserve it"

Mohammad was an evil, sick, wisted man. No one can white-wash his dark legacy of unspeakable violence that continues to seduce his followers with all manner of allowances for such depravity.

THAT is the bedrock nature of its appeal among adherents.

No amount of sweet-talk and denial will ever change that fact.
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For a good while now, the highest expression of Academic and Popular Culture has been to be transgressive - in all things. What could be more transgressive than becoming a jihadi?

Some people may be looking for 'meaning', but I don't think many would be Western jihadis believe that life has a particular meaning. That was mocked out of Western Culture some time ago.

The second predominant facet of Academic and Popular Culture is maximizing sensate experience. What could be more sensate than killing, raping, torturing, burning, destroying then dying in a hail of bullets?

It all seems like a logical progression.
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Ledeen, you said, "It is not primarily a matter of social class, although there is a considerable literature on the recruitment of poor young Muslims to suicide terrorism, in which the recruiters offer money and security to the surviving family."

Allow me to quibble -- haven't *multiple* analyses of suicide bombers of the "Palestinian ilk" found that they are *almost always* both educated and from relatively *well-off* families? I think that even my poor memory serves me correctly here.

Now maybe the reality is different in other cases (after all, Muslim suicide bombers come in many stripes). But I think that the "root cause" (a phrase I detest due to the way it's bandied about by liberals) of Palestinian suicide bombers is many things -- one of them however not being money per se.

Thanks in advance for any answer...
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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/184754#!

Danish Mosque Declares Open Support For Islamic State
Supporting terror regime a matter of Muslim religious and national pride, spokesman insists.
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Simply for two reasons; In the earthly world, to get the spoils of war and sexual comfort through sex jihad and the legitimated rape of innocent females (muslim and non-muslim women) and enslavement of captured women as happened recently with Christian and Yazidi women by the fighters of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In the afterlife, in order to enjoy the seventy or more of beautiful dark-eyed virgins or houris in Islamic paradise "Jannatu al-Firdaus."
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Perhaps mostly uneducated young men seeking any manner of recognition? They have much in common with ignorant and violent young men in many slums of the world.
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You left out the most salient detail. Women very strongly prefer aggressive men over docile and civilized ones. Cultures that do not produce warriors, the more violent the better, are in demographic death spirals. Jihadists know the secret to winning the West, is engaging in the most spectacular ritualistic displays of violence, so that Western women will prefer Muslim men over Christian nice guys.
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I was first introduced to Nietzsche in a seminar in which we read Human, All Too Human, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the Basic Writings of Chuang-Tzu; who was a Taoist. There are many parallels between the 'destructive' Nietzsche and Taoism. Siddartha is oneof my all time favorite books. I don't think mysticism per se, predicts Fascist or Nazi tendencies. After all Catholicism has a mystical tradition (Teresa of Avila) and Judaism has Kabbalah.

On the other hand, Nietzsche isn't for beginners, and the way he presented his philosophy invites misunderstanding (e.g. his preface to Human, All Too Human). I am bemused by some of the preceding comments that describe Jihadis in the language of psychopathology. While some of them undoubtedly are nuts, many of them I suspect have embraced the darker side of their human nature. One of the elements of how I was taught about the Holocaust, is that Germans who participated were not specially deformed or subhuman, but rather were people who participated in distinctly uncivilized behavior. The implicit lesson being that it is important to recognize the importance of and fragility of civilization. The Left has spent so much time undermining civilization, they may no longer be able to understand the causal connection between civilization and preventing the behavior of such as IS, from seeming to be attractive.
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Nietzsche is of course required reading, along with Spengler, to understand the mystical fascist phenomenon. Another is Julius Evola, the Italian aristocrat, occultist and Axis theoretician, who is still influential in certain circles though he's been verboten in the intellectual mainstream since 1945. Evola was the philosopher of the warrior cult and the Aryan ethos, a lot of which applies to jihadists. He's sort of a European Sayyid Qutb, with equally incendiary ideas.

By the way, here's a quote from Spengler that I think is relevant here:

"If a revolt against the whites were to occur today in Asia, countless whites would join the rebels simply because they are tired of peaceful living."
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Mostly Egyptians and Palestinians. But the main source is the Wahhabi, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, because the Salafist jihadist deviated from the line of traditional salafist thought which is represented in the doctrine of Wahhabism.
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"Why Do They Join the Jihad?"

It's really quite simple. Because they want to be as much like Mohammad, all Muslim's "Perfect Man", as possible and the more heads they cut off and the more women they rape, etc., etc., etc.,the more like Mohammad they become.
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Dostoevsky was on to this in the 19th Century:

"Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark raving mad."

When life has no meaning, a cult that is cutting off heads might seem logical to a lost soul with no direction.

We have a problem in the Western world, and our Islamo-fascists are offering a chance to belong and to be recognized as part of a solution, but no one seems to be asking what they will do after they have killed the last infidel. Life could get boring, without someone to hate; especially, if your life is centered around hate and violence.

http://floppingaces.net/2014/08/28/the-trans-atlantic-slavers/
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DEMOGRAPHICS -- AND LIBS -- ARE TO BLAME
There are too many out-of-work young guys, who don't have to work because of lib programs: Welfare, unemployment, food stamps, phony disability payments, etc. In Europe, it's leading to these guys joining terrorist groups. Here, it leads to crime and, dare I say, Black crime. "Idle hands are the devil's workshop." Everyone knows that but lefty lib dimwits.
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The Brit Jihadist who cut off the head of the two journalist is thought to be a former London Rapper who grew up in a home worth $2 million.
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