Friday, June 18, 2010

Batman on Terrorism

    I'll be the first to admit it: I really, really like the new Batman films.  One of the things that struck me in The Dark Knight was how the screenwriter decided to portray the Joker as a terrorist.  I don't know how that idea made it into the script, but it was extremely effective.  Tonight I was reading four psychologists' assessment of "Genocide Girl" -- the young Muslim woman who verbally accosted David Horowitz recently.
     These psychologists offered their thoughts on what Islamic culture reinforces in its adherents, and what psychological trends in suicide (really homicide) bombers are.  Here's one point:

"Also, Western totalitarian movements, like Islamofascism, have been particularly attractive to the psychologically compromised, those whose personal Psychopathology has led them to be particularly drawn to absolutist ideologies with defined objects of hatred. And, again like Islamofascism, Western totalitarianisms have widely made use of the psychologically damaged in their searching out of agents for their murderous agendas."  (Read the rest here).

     This reminded me again of the Joker, and his skill at recruiting the psychologically compromised to his side.  It just goes to show: the Devil just isn't original.

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