Barbershop Blues – November 9, 2016: I stood in line behind an Arabic man wearing Islamic prayer beads and a Trump-Pence t-shirt at a bank the day after the orangutan from Jungle Book won the Oval Office with almost 63 million Republican votes. Conscious of the attention his iconic red “Make America Great Again” cap… Read More In Defense of the Blue Pill
Your head in a cloud, messianic fervor over this miserly race baiter is glum and ridiculous. For law and order, we need plans. Trump speaks like a Shamwow salesman at the New York State Fair, saying a whole lot of nothing, blowing wind for your sale. We don’t need rousing 2-hour monologues. We need serious, precise efforts to make our lives better.… Read More Dear Trump loving friends and family,
He was 32, English News Editor for a Turkish daily, a Muslim. I miss him. He made me a better person, and with him in mind ragging on Islam feels rude and inappropriate at the moment.… Read More Terrorism Is To Cancer As God Is To Justice
Your brother described a book you translated, 39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad, as a benign religious devotional. Published by Al Qaeda in 2003, promising “dominance over people of disbelief” in its first full sentence, this book does not seem especially benign to me, especially in light of Daesh’s current apocalyptic rampage in the Lavant. Reading al Qaeda’s propaganda, I can understand the appeal of Jihad, but I’m not sure that I understand the word.… Read More Dear Tarek Mehanna,
8/22/15, the day after Hajji Mutazz, second in command of ISIL, died in an airstrike (Al Jazeera), a website maintained by Abu Hudhayfah (DOAM) republished a poem by Tarek Mehanna called A Drone Over the Skies of Madinah. Labeled ominously from Mehanna’s isolation cell, November 15, 2010, the poem conjures a drone strike on an… Read More Two Frogs Fell in a Ditch
Violence fascinates me. It intrigues and excites me. Violence is thrilling, and mortifying. It’s shocking, and it can be fun to watch shit explode. In the navy I stood in awe of our jets. I ran my palm along their textures on patrols, spent months on end wiping grease and sand out of their panels… Read More Navy Nostalgia (don’t fucking touch the vert stab)
There is something familiar about this impulse to jihad, as expressed by the aspiring martyrs beheading people etc. online. Some people find redemption in violence. Facing death elicits our deepest emotions, and war is a reliable way of experiencing both love and hate. War is cathartic. It is the premise for some of history’s broadest literature… Read More Why War?