How does an ordinary
John Joe become the world’s most wanted killer?
“Jihadi John” the cold-blooded executioner of Western hostages held in Syria, has been revealed to be an apparently likeable computer programmer from West London named Mohammed Emwazi.
Why do people willingly cut their penises off?
Gurmeet Ram Rahim is a self-proclaimed spiritual guru who heads Dera Sacha Sauda, an organization which has millions of followers around India and claims to be a humanitarian, social welfare and spiritual organization. Around 400 of these followers are alleged to have been convinced by Rahim to castrate themselves so that they could become closer to God.
Is there a link between “Jihadi John” and Gurmeet Ram Rahim? I think so.
“Jihadi John” was obviously influenced to change by someone or something. Gurmeet Ram Rahim is an influencer, a propagator of religious ideology. Scattered across India are 400 eunuchs probably rueing the day they bought into this loathsome ideology. Is it not plausible to also contemplate that “Jihadi John” also bought into some contemptible ideology that tainted his mind to such an extent that he joined the despicable ISIS cult and turned into a common murderer?
I leave it to you to ponder. I acknowledge off course that I’m trying to influence you, but just to think.
Watching the bio of Jihadi John on BBC, it just reinforces the falseness of assuming that fundamentalism is a product of poverty, ignorance and colonialism. The reality is we are increasingly fighting people from middle-class backgrounds, who are educated and grew up in the West. Sam Harris pointed this out more than 10 years ago but we still haven’t altered our approach to combatting it.
Glad you mentioned that. I feel quite strongly that it is the product of a mind virus.