Friday, 27 February 2015

Radicalised illogicality

The recent identification of 'Jihadi John' (the demented brutal murderer of ISIS beheading videos), as being the British Mohammed Emwazi, has triggered astoundingly dangerous journalism that, even in the case of the BBC, at the same time exhibits deeply racist undercurrents and utter failing in fundamental logic.

This double fete, achieved by BBC's Newsnight programme, too, is created by the tacit acceptance of "reasoning" voiced among others, by the shockingly extremist representative of a group like CAGE.

The "reasoning", simply put, is that Emwazi was investigated by agencies like the MI6, which led to Emwazi feeling "marginalised", which then led to him becoming radicalised - and that, in turn, leading to him joining ISIS, then... well, we know those videos.

It is an A leads to B leads to C "logic" that is breathtakingly extremist in itself.

What is even more shocking is that even the BBC failed to challenge the point made by CAGE and the like.

Emwazi attracted the attention of MI6 because he was actively involved in what can only be called terrorism. He was given the opportunity to become an informer... and he refused.

His "persecution" by the MI6 radicalised him? He was made to feel "marginalised" because the MI6 of all things was actively interested in him for some inexplicable reason?... Tail wagging the dog...

Interestingly, and I know this for a fact from personal experience, millions of truly persecuted, every hour of every day actively marginalised and victimised minority individuals have never become extremist brutal murderers.

The fact that even the BBC has not challenged the widely media-vehiculated fallacy (basically, MI6's interest in Emwazi directly led to him becoming an unspeakably barbaric ISIS murderer) is telling.

What it tells is the deeply racist undertone of that and other journalists.

The fact that it is accepted as a valid topic of discussion, and "analysed" to death in such media, shows the proverbial elephant in the room: those journalists want, by default, to treat Muslims as untouchable dangerous terrorists.

The very reason for not once challenging, hence tacitly accepting the frankly obviously demented "logic" like that of the CAGE representative, is that to those journalists it really is a valid logical inference. It is only logical if one does think that Muslims have to be treated according to entirely different moral standards...

This is, to put it mildly, inherently racist. Yes, I, of no ethnic or religious connection with Muslims, factually accuse such journalists of deep-seated racism.

The reasons are not only stemming from my personal (and aforementioned) experience that has eminently demonstrated the fallacy of the CAGE logical inference.

It also stems from the fact that by even discussing the "reasoning" presented by such organisations like CAGE, such journalists exacerbate the very (warped) racist thought process presented, ironically, by those very organisations.

The fact that CAGE voiced such a tragic logical failure actually doesn't bother one as much as the airtime and bandwidth given to it (as if it were a valid argument) by so-called objective and impartial media without the latter pointing out the huge, almost fluorescent, elephant in the room...

Monday, 9 February 2015

The Orthodoxy of Priorities

A few interesting statistics from today's Romania show that:
  • infant mortality is 10.16% per 1000 live births, the worst in the EU;
  • the proportion of GDP allocated for education is less than half of the EU average;
  • poverty rate is highest in the EU (21.1% at 60% median income);
  • population is decreasing at a rate of 0.27% per year, with vast outflow of young people who leave the country.
  • more than 75% of all churches built in the EU were built in Romania, despite the fact that its population is ~4% of that of the EU; with few exceptions, these are all Romanian Orthodox churches;
  • since 1990, on average, one new church appeared every 2 days, but 3 schools were closed per day, the number of hospital beds has halved.
  • the total wealth of the Romanian Orthodox Church is calculated at 3 billion EUR, but it receives from the state more than 100 million EUR for the Church employees' salaries;
  • above does not take into account the tax-free "gifts" and "help" that the Government has directed towards this Church.
Clearly, there are priorities... even in times of deep recession, the same priorities existed. 

Reasons are aplenty. Exactly as they did during the Ceausescu regime, the Romanian Orthodox Church has been the key propaganda instrument. Even during the most recent presidential elections, this Church actively involved itself, down to the level of direct and clear instructions sent to all its priests, in propaganda and campaigning for the prime minister Ponta's votes... who wished to become president, so that he could undo all the anti-corruption work the judiciary achieved so far...

Such services come at a price... and even now, while the country is in doldrums, the Government allocates vast funds (just most recently, 1.4 million EUR from emergency reserve funds!) to this Church.

The fact that it still is a country stuck in the Medieval Dark Ages is just part of the problem... 

Looking forward, the incessant and frankly ludicrous state funding of this otherwise extremely wealthy outfit is ensuring that the status quo is preserved.

Whilst it, as a country, holds top position in EU statistics for the worst possible reasons, immense funds and continuous "gifts" ensure that Romania stays in that top position.

The only more tragic fact is that the Orthodox Church actually dares to comment that the number of school and hospital closures are due to the decrease in the country's birth rate and its population... Let's not even go for a minute into the key reasons why the country's population is decreasing (it is enough to look at emigration statistics in the last 25 years...).

Perhaps via this superb statistical connection, they could also explain the ever-increasing funds flowing into their accounts from the state... which, by the way, is oh-so-separate from Church... clearly. 

The Romanian Orthodox Church has explained the scandalous figures in different ways, too: they said that they are running "the hospitals of the soul" and that Romania is a "nation of faithfuls"...

No comment. None is possible.