For whatever reason, there is a faction of the right wing that is positively in love with the idea that “we” (white America and whatever other white people, preferably English-speaking, choose to side with us) are involved in a war to the death with all Arabs and Muslims. Look at how Crazy Pammy waxes absolutely rhapsodic about the damage wrought by the steam-pipe failure and subsequent explosion near Grand Central Station, which was just the latest Secret Nazi Muslim Fascist Terrorist Attack on America’s American Homeland:
Cops standing on innocuous corners watching. Law enforcement knows. [...] I clock the war. It’s what I do. I watch, I report and observe [...] The crisis of our time is so pressing, so imminent, it has seized me. To my very core. I walk the streets f [sic] New York and feel as if I am walking the garden of the Finzi-Continis. If anyone cares enough to pay attention, the worst of signs are all there. As much as I might want to take a day, a weekend off, it is seemingly not possible. Even the responsible news channels are not necessarily the news. They are loathe to mention Islam, jihad, the fight of our lives. They won’t do it. Any other story? No problem. But if any news story has even the slightest indication of Islamic jihad, it’s blackout. The jihad never rests and it is gaining. On us.
This, readers, is pure wingnut porn. She’s got so much wingnuttery crammed into one blog post —
- Pretending that the steam-pipe failure was really the work of Muslim terrorists (and, of course, the NYPD knows it but won’t admit it).
- Pretending that she herself is a noble citizen journalist (not a clinically paranoid shrieking harpy with a third-rate, slow-to-load, clunky, ugly Typepad weblog).
- Pretending that only she, and perhaps a few other brave souls, have the courage to see the real truth “they” aren’t telling us (the “truth,” of course, being that Scary Nazi Muslims are taking over the world).
- A reference, albeit oblique, to Nazi Germany.
- And, of course, the Liberal-Media-Jihad-Alliance conspiracy theory.
It’s one thing, readers, to be concerned about the threat of terrorism. Everyone should be concerned about it. However, it’s quite another thing to see Muslim Nazi Terrorist Fascist Overlords lurking behind every tree, bush, and park bench. Crazy Pammy has become so obsessed with her “global jihad” that she sees hadith and Quranic verses floating languidly atop the milk in her kids’ morning bowls of Alpha-Bits. She openly believes that Muslims need to be killed before they kill “us.” To her, every Muslim in the world is a terrorist until proven otherwise.
A quasi-religious belief in this Us-Against-Them, Fight-Of-Our-Lives doomsday scenario seems to attract a certain type of person. I think it’s a type of person who is, thankfully, over-represented on the Internet; but there are a lot of them out there nonetheless. Some of them, I think, just really like the idea that it’s like WWII all over again — those bad Nazis and Japs sure are scary, but Private Ryan and the Band of Brothers are on the job, mowing down the bad guys with bursts of tommy-gun fire, and it’ll all be OK in the end, after we drop the Big One. In the meantime, we’ll all fight the good fight at home, tending our Victory Gardens, keeping our Yellow Ribbons bright and fresh, and cheering decorously for Our Boys In Uniform.
Some of them are motivated by fear (the 9/11 Changed Everything school); some of them are motivated by a combination of racism and xenophobia. For the Crazy Pammys of the world, it seems to be all three: in her world, the enemy is Islam itself, and every Muslim is the enemy. Everyone who doesn’t share her obsessive paranoia, everyone who doesn’t see Muslim Nazi Propaganda and the Global Jihad everywhere they look, is the enemy, too.
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