Koran Burning: Dehumanizing Muslims
by Stephen Lendman
Graphics added by Alex
Worse still are slanderous post-9/11 media commentaries about dangerous gun-toting terrorists, the need to closely monitor them, and rid society of those considered dangerous.
Never mind rule of law principles, right or wrong, or whether accused targets are guilty. Saying so's all that matters to justify America's war on terror. It needs enemies. When not around, they're invented.
According to observing Muslims, the Koran's an exact record of words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to Muhammad. He taught them to others. Scribes passed them on. Throughout centuries of Islamic history, its 114 chapters remained unchanged.
It teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism. Its five pillars include profession of faith, prayer five times daily, fasting during Ramadan, charity, and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime for those able to afford it.
It's happened before and each time incites rage. The latest incident involves US Bagram Air Base forces dumping Koran copies and other Islamic holy materials in debris piles for burning.
Protests erupted each time. Hollow apologies heightened anger, especially after a decade of brutal war, occupation, daily killings, and extreme deprivation in ravaged Afghanistan.
"You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" is one of many memorable Rogers and Hammerstein "South Pacific" songs. Its lyrics went as follows:
"You've got to be taught
You've got to be taught to be afraid
Early or later, it works the same way by drumming it repeatedly into impressionable minds, including US military recruits in training.
"This barrack contains 45 highly motivated, truly dedicated romping stomping blood thirsty kill crazy United States Marine Corps recruits, sir."
Major media and Hollywood scoundrels help. They're enlisted to demonize enemies. Racial epithets vilified Japanese soldiers. They were dehumanized as brutal animals. So were North Koreans, Vietnamese, and other non-whites. Asians and Arabs are called sneaky, deviant, and other degrading terms. Training manipulates impressionable minds to believe it.
In fall 2006, former Marine Sgt. Martin Smith's article headlined, "Learning to be a Killer: Remembering Marine Corps boot camp," saying:
America's holocaust inspired Hitler's. How could Washington complain when it committed its own. Each time, mass slaughter's justified, sanitized, and/or suppressed. Pain, suffering, and death aren't images policy makers want publicized.
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