A permanent challenge for societies (III)

By Hilary Andersson BBC News, Washington 

Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy and government conspiracy theories.

(...) discovered that Tamerlan Tsarnaev possessed articles which argued that both 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were government conspiracies.
Another in his possession was about "the rape of our gun rights".
Reading material he had about white supremacy commented that "Hitler had a point".
A spokesperson for Tamerlan's mosque in Cambridge, Nicole Mossalam, said Tamerlan only prayed there occasionally. She portrayed him as an angry young man who latched onto Islam.
"As far connecting with the Islamic community here, to actually praying, being involved, doing acts of charity….all of those were pretty much lacking.
"I would say he was just a Muslim of convenience," she said.

This hasn't made the news nearly as much as the hints towards a radical faith-related motivation and I don't expect American news to pick this up much. It doesn't matter anyway, for science has already proved that corrections generally have negligible beneficial effect on opinions on the matter.

This description of T.T. sounds a lot like the description of an asshole - a (deceased) dangerous idiot.

This is but one piece of an overall picture, and the picture as I interpret it tells "societies are in a perpetual struggle against dangerous idiots, and the fashion de jour followed by dangerous idiots is really only a superficiality".

The stupid "War on Terrorism" should be a "Containment of dangerous idiots".


The big problem is of course that such loser-outsiders are merely scratching us, but dangerous idiots who made it into the system of power are the real threat. They're the ones who push countries into total surveillance, reintroduce torture, push for wars of aggression, politicise justice, rig elections and in worst case they overthrow democracies.
They're the really dangerous ones. Those loser types are no more dangerous than bus drivers.


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