When I was young, my favourite television series, apart from Robin Hood was The Lone Ranger.
For the unacquainted, Robin Hood is a legendary heroic outlaw in English folklore who is often portrayed as "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor" alongside his band of Merry Men. The Lone Ranger on the other hand, is a fictional masked Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West. He is the only survivor of a group of six Texas Rangers, rather than because he works alone. While pursuing a band of outlaws he was betrayed by a civilian guide and ambushed in a canyon. Later, an Indian named Tonto found him barely alive and he nurses him back to health.
We now mourn for the lost lives of the Paris ‘terrorist’ attack. We also mourned for the lost lives of 9/11 which accelerated "war on terrorism’.
Again for the unacquainted, 3,000 respected leaders, including government officials and professors in the US, have expressed harsh criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. One example is Professor Dr. David Ray Griffin article of over 100 lies of the 9/11 Commission Report. The 9/11family members have said that only a fourth of their well researched questions were answered. Also, not one piece of hard aircraft evidence has been produced on the four wide-body airliners that crashed on the morning of September 11 2001.
John Kerry condemned the Paris attacks as “heinous, evil, vile acts.”
Ironically, how many of us did bat an eyelid when two ISIS suicide bombers killed more than 40 people and wounded more than 200 in attacks on a Shia Muslim community in Beirut on November 12?
Do we remember the Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombed a Yemeni wedding on September 28, killing 131 civilians, including 80 women? How about ISIS massacre in Turkey in October that left over 100 people dead and 500 injured at a peaceful rally for a pro-Kurdish political party?
These massacres didn’t go viral.
Then again, “How many 9/11’s has the super power caused in other nations since WWII”? On record there are close to 40 nations. Virtually all parts of the world have been the target. It most likely has been responsible for the death of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world over that period.
The trope or rhetoric of world-wide problems will be solved by Americans (and typically Americans alone) is common. You will see it in the real world and also happens in the movies. These films have the potential to distort how its citizen views its own history and its troops.
I also remember back then, the Red Indians were the villains - remember the Lone Ranger. Having had enough of the Red Indians, it was the Nazi’s and Japanese turn. Soon after, it was the Russians. Lately, it is terrorist films based on actual and fictional events. Actual evidence shows that less than 2% of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. The vast majority were motivated by ethno-nationalism or separatism.
The next villain I suspect, is China. Signs are already showing when an aircraft carrier “is conducting routine operations while transiting the South China Sea" and a guided-missile destroyer, challenged territorial limits around one of China's man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago.
Why do they need someone to blame?
Should there be an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence and depends on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to support their case.
I read that now, credible news sites are reciting the claim that the Paris terrorists were enabled by Snowden leaks.
Could it be the culture there that actively teaches and the society rewards avoiding personal responsibility? It is said, for any little or great harm one suffers, one gets three or four letters from various law firms saying basically "if you let us handle this we"ll make sure we find someone else to blame and you won't have to pay a thing".
They are also always the hero.
1993 - Black Hawk Down (Mogadishu, Somalia). Over 100 Malaysian soldiers put their lives at risk to rescue trapped American rangers. Despite the bravery of the Malaysian troops, their efforts was unrecognised and underplayed by international media. Even Wikipedia only mentioned “Lance Corporal Mat Aznan Awang, driver of a Malaysian Condor armoured personnel carrier, was killed when his vehicle was hit by an RPG on 3 October”.
The origins of the most active terrorist today, ISIS, are not even in dispute. The Washington Post put it simply: “almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi officers, including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes.” Tony Blair admitted that there would be no ISIS without the invasion of Iraq. Then there’s the related question of how ISIS has become so well-armed and powerful in a relatively short time.
As for Malaysia, we do a better job here by intercepting many ISIS militants before they create any kind of havoc.
For me, I think we must continue our efforts to develop understanding and compassion in the world and that all human are created equal.
"O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you" (Quran 49:13).
As Martin Luther King, best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs says, “I have a dream...”