Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The Oxygen Of Publicity

Sometimes you know it is a toss up as to who is stupider, the cretinous terrorists who try to blow themselves up in the name of their omnipotent god but only succeed in scorching their scrotums, or the journalists who write about them. This morning it's not looking good for the journalists.

A number of today's papers are running banner front page headlines proclaiming the alleged words of sore scrotum man, otherwise known as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. 'There are many more like me,' the headlines scream. Who knows whether or not this is the case. If it is one can only fear for the human race, not because we should all fear for our lives thanks to these morons trying to kill us, but because it is clear evidence that we have stopped evolving.

But how much better are the journalists and their editors? Ask yourselves the question chaps, what effect do you think that kind of headline and publicity will have on some idiot with a chip on his shoulder who is currently in the process of being brainwashed. One does not have to be a psychologist to see it may well gird his loins to shove the explosives down his pants. These are damaged and rather stupid young men. They crave glory. They desire some kind of nobility and they imagine this will give it to them. Then you go ahead and give them an extra shove.

Suicide bombers are similar psychologically to the sort of outcasts and geeks who avail themselves of firearms and go on a shooting spree or who murder rock stars. What drives them to do it? Publicity. Public shock and outrage. They can't see themselves ever achieving anything in life and so they seek revenge on those who are better looking, more successful with girls, more successful full stop. Most teenagers and young men go through a rebellious phase, these twerps just take it to the ultimate.

For years psychologists have been telling us that the way to prevent further Columbine type shootings is to stop reporting them. Take away the oxygen of publicity and you take away the glory and the whole point of doing it. I'm not saying we should not report these incidents altogether but do we really have to have in depth analysis of the hopeless inadequates who perpetrate them? Similarly do we have to report the deranged ravings of this lunatic who tried to blow himself up on a plane? No we don't. Let's talk more about the hero who prevented him. Let's write about how utterly useless these people are. Let's mock them. Let's expose the ridiculous way they seek to justify themselves. When they talk about all of their brothers lining up to join them let's point out that they should be easy to spot since they will clearly be dribbling uncontrollably and dragging their knuckles on the ground.

At the risk of repeating myself, we take these morons too seriously. They are just kids with chips on their shoulders who can't be bothered to work hard, study hard and achieve things the hard way. They're dangerous of course and we have to be on our guard. But they are not frightening, they are pathetic losers. I see that picture on the front page of my paper this morning and it does not send a shiver down my spine. It makes me roll my eyes and turn the page. It's the only sensible response to a man who is going to spend the rest of his life in jail and whose big gesture for his god was to set fire to his bollocks. His brother Muslims think it's okay just to pray a few times a day as it means you will still be able to walk home afterwards.

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