15. September 2007

The Power of Nightmares Behind the Scenes of the Politics of Fear


I recently finished watching a fascinating series of documentaries by Adam Curtis for the BBC, which is available as a free download: The Power of Nightmares

It explains in three parts how politicians (especially in the USA and Great Britain ) use the fears of people to ensure their power. It also tells the history of islamic terror groups. A short trailer explains it the best:

» read on!

Topics: documentaryfearislamistspoliticsterrorUSA

24. February 2007

Muslims are less supportive of terror than Americans

Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.

The cited article (“The myth of Muslim support for terror“) points out that this result does not mean that Americans are “closet terrorist sympathizers”. It rather shows that the common stereotype of the terror supporting Muslim is void.

Be careful of stereotypes… they do more harm than good.

Indeed, the far-too-frequent stereotyping of Muslims serves only to reinforce the radical appeal of the small minority of Muslims who peddle hatred of the West and others as authentic religious practice.

(via Fefe)

Topics: IslamprejudicesstereotypesterrorUSA

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