Psychopaths Make Great Terrorists

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Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 10.09.14 PMOne of the things that bothers me about the way John Kerry manipulates the State Department and Barack Obama is they way he controls the message.  Instead of facing up to the fact that the Administration allowed ISIS to explode, by not going after them, several years ago, when they were a bunch of nasty bullies slaughtering Christians in Syria, they decided to make Vladimir Putin the enemy. I am still trying to figure this one out, and keep coming up with one answer – it’s Kerry’s corruption, stupid.  We’re also going to need to face the fact that Barack Obama (for whom I voted, and like as a person) appears to be incapable of making a decision when it comes to foreign policy.  According to information I’m finding, the reason he is basically being bullied by Kerry.  Susan Rice, his national security adviser, also appears to not agree with Kerry.  Strangely enough, they also disagree with the new Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, who is going along with Kerry.  Both men are pushing us down a slippery path to World War III with Russia.

That is not what this rant is about, though.  One of the excuses for allowing ISIS to explode in growth is that the rank and file poor little terrorist comes from a deprived background, while nothing can be farther from the truth – apparently.  We are now learning that the infamous snuff-porn spokesman for ISIS, “Jihadi John” Mohammed Emwazi, is a very well educated, computer programmer, comes from a rather wealthy family living in London.

“...On Feb. 19 at the State Department, President Obama said that the link between oppression and violent extremism is “undeniable.” A spokeswoman for the State Department, Marie Harf, faced sharp criticism for saying on Feb. 16 that “if we can help countries work at the root causes of this, what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business, maybe we can try to chip away at this problem, while at the same time going after the threat.”…”

The Administration’s narrative is that once we lift these poor terrorists out of poverty, they will change and become upstanding representatives of society  There’s one problem here.  If Emwazi grew up in poverty, how could his parents afford to send him on a safari?   The worst part of this is that the well-intentioned politically correct mavens of the Administration are insulting people who live in poverty.  I hate to break this to you, but no everyone who grows up in poverty becomes a terrorist.

If everyone who grew up in poverty, disadvantaged, and in harm’s way were to become terrorists, we would have several billion of them.  But – we don’t.  Just making the assumption that poverty breeds terrorists is an insult to the billions of decent men and women who have grown up in poverty, and live upstanding, exemplary lives.

“…The brains of psychopathic violent criminals have abnormalities in regions related to punishment that are not seen in the brains of violent criminals who are not psychopathic, according to new research using brain scans.

These MRI scans suggest that psychopaths don’t grasp punishment the same way as other people, the researchers said. This is likely why psychopaths do not benefit from rehabilitation programs, as other violent criminals often do, the scientists report today (Jan. 28) in the journal Lancet Psychiatry….”

Instead, perhaps it would be better for everyone to be honest and state that anyone who joins a group like ISIS, knowing what they do, seduced by their barbaric behavior is nothing short of a psychopath. They make up about 1% of the population.  From Psychology Today:

“…What Eric Hoffer found, and what has often been overlooked by many sociologists and certainly by the general public, is that mass movements attract what we now call the psychopathic personality – in essence predators (link is external): individuals who are content in causing great harm, who perhaps are even sadistic, and yet aren’t bothered in the least by what they do.

Hoffer’s observation should not come as a great shock; after all, the Nazis had psychopaths in droves. Under the Swastika banner and while wearing brown shirts, they did horrible crimes without any regret—remember Kristallnacht?

Mass movements that utilize violence as part of their solution attract and even need psychopaths. After all, someone has to carry out the violent acts, the beheadings, the mass shootings, and the setting of humans on fire, even as these individuals plead for their lives. They need people who are callous, who can hurt others effortlessly because they have no conscience. They need people who are immune to the pleas of a grieving mother and who view a crying child as an inconvenience that also must die…”

Psych Central
Psych Central

If psychologists are correct about psychopaths being unable to process punishment, that it does no good, perhaps the quality of mercy when dealing with ISIS, is misplaced.  Any individual who is seduced by Jihad John’s snuff-films of unspeakable barbarism are as evil as is he.  If they don’t join ISIS, they will, eventually, left to their own resources slaughter the innocents here at home.

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