Fight al-Qaeda with ridicule?

Maybe we could enlist Bill Mahar, Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldberg, and other left wing comics and turn them into terror warriors if this study from Great Britain can be taken seriously:

Satire and ridicule can help win the fight against Al-Qaeda by stripping it of its glamour and mystique, a team of researchers argue in a report released in London and in comments to AFP.Beating the Islamist movement is as much about winning the battle of ideas and undermining Al-Qaeda's counter-culture cachet as it is about conventional anti-terrorism operations, said the report.

"Terrorism must be defeated through the deliberate 'toxification' of the al-Qaeda brand; not by making it seem dangerous, but by exposing it as dumb," Jamie Bartlett, one of the report's authors, told AFP.

"Al-Qaeda has to be ridiculed as the equivalent of a middle-aged dad at a school disco: enthusiastic, incompetent and excruciatingly uncool."

Bartlett, together with Jonathan Birdwell and Michael King, published "The edge of violence, a radical approach of extremism" on the website of the London-based think tank Demos on Friday.

The report summarised two years of work in Britain, Canada, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, which included interviews with 58 people convicted of terror-related offences and with 20 radical, but non-violent Muslims.

Researchers also interviewed 70 Muslims in Canada and 75 local and national experts.

"An increasingly important part of Al-Qaeda?s appeal in the West is its dangerous, romantic and counter-cultural characteristics," said an executive summary of the report.

"Young Muslims are drawn, like young people throughout the ages, to excitement, rebellion and a desire to be cool," Bartlett, who heads up the extremism and violence department at Demos, told AFP.

Talk about laughing, I think these guys are pulling our legs. They can't seriously believe that young people think it's "cool" to blow themselves up, can they? Cultists, in fact, reject society's strictures and adapt those they are indoctrinated with from the cult leader. "Cool" or being popular has nothing whatsoever to do with whether some kid, propagandized since he was a baby to hate westerners and believe that the most glorious thing they can do in life is to commit suicide in service to Allah are not going to be dissuaded from joining a terrorist group because someone in the west makes fun of them.

That's nuts.



Maybe we could enlist Bill Mahar, Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldberg, and other left wing comics and turn them into terror warriors if this study from Great Britain can be taken seriously:

Satire and ridicule can help win the fight against Al-Qaeda by stripping it of its glamour and mystique, a team of researchers argue in a report released in London and in comments to AFP.

Beating the Islamist movement is as much about winning the battle of ideas and undermining Al-Qaeda's counter-culture cachet as it is about conventional anti-terrorism operations, said the report.

"Terrorism must be defeated through the deliberate 'toxification' of the al-Qaeda brand; not by making it seem dangerous, but by exposing it as dumb," Jamie Bartlett, one of the report's authors, told AFP.

"Al-Qaeda has to be ridiculed as the equivalent of a middle-aged dad at a school disco: enthusiastic, incompetent and excruciatingly uncool."

Bartlett, together with Jonathan Birdwell and Michael King, published "The edge of violence, a radical approach of extremism" on the website of the London-based think tank Demos on Friday.

The report summarised two years of work in Britain, Canada, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, which included interviews with 58 people convicted of terror-related offences and with 20 radical, but non-violent Muslims.

Researchers also interviewed 70 Muslims in Canada and 75 local and national experts.

"An increasingly important part of Al-Qaeda?s appeal in the West is its dangerous, romantic and counter-cultural characteristics," said an executive summary of the report.

"Young Muslims are drawn, like young people throughout the ages, to excitement, rebellion and a desire to be cool," Bartlett, who heads up the extremism and violence department at Demos, told AFP.

Talk about laughing, I think these guys are pulling our legs. They can't seriously believe that young people think it's "cool" to blow themselves up, can they? Cultists, in fact, reject society's strictures and adapt those they are indoctrinated with from the cult leader. "Cool" or being popular has nothing whatsoever to do with whether some kid, propagandized since he was a baby to hate westerners and believe that the most glorious thing they can do in life is to commit suicide in service to Allah are not going to be dissuaded from joining a terrorist group because someone in the west makes fun of them.

That's nuts.



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