Ankara Assassin’s pop culture irony

A Muslim assassin murdered Russia's ambassador to Turkey yesterday and was shortly thereafter killed.  He said he killed the ambassador because Russia is committing atrocities in Aleppo, Syria. And it is true that Russia is committing atrocities in Syria, along with the Syrian Army, Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Shi'ite militias like Hezb’allah, the Al-Nusra Front, ISIS, and just about anyone else in Syria with guns, except perhaps the Kurds.  Probably, though, given the indiscriminate killing record of militant Islam, if the Russian ambassador hasn't been available, he would have found another noncombatant to execute. Anyway, by now you've seen the photos of the assassin with one arm up and pointing. He may not know it, but that is a clear imitation of John Travolta's stance when he was dancing to "Stayin' Alive" in Saturday Night Fever. This is especially ironic given the lyrics of the song. Whether you're...(Read Full Post)