On “martyrs” and enablers

As a follow-up on our earlier post regarding the recent “martyrdom”(via a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan) of British al Qaeda leader Mahmoud Abu Rideh, note the astonishingly sympathetic piece the Guardian did on him in June 2009 entitled “A Day in the life of a terror suspect.”

Here’s some background:

  • Abu Rideh had been detained by the British government in December 2001 for having links to al Qaeda.  In 2005, after a British high court ruling, Rideh was released from prison but was subject to a “control order” – a house arrest which restricted his movements.
  • Rideh was said to have had close ties to the senior leadership of al Qaeda, including its deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and former leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, along with Abu Hamza, the radical preacher.

The portrayal of Rideh (who was then under house arrest) as a victim of government oppression by the Guardian – and NGOs like Amnesty and Human Rights watch – once again demonstrates that much of the British intelligentsia possess a seemingly unlimited capacity to cast reactionary jihadists as victims, as well as what can only be described as a willful blindness to the threat posed to Western society by radical Islam.

We may never know how many Americans and Brits lost their lives as a result of Mahmoud Abu Rideh’s involvement with al Qaeda, and his wish to become a “martyr.”  But, what we certainly do know is that those who continue to make excuses and even advocate for such jihadists are not innocent in the crimes committed by those whose freedom they assisted in securing.

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  1. ages ago German psychos tried to establish an affliction called helper syndrome. Helper syndrome shares a lot with addiction i.e. those suffering from it can’t live without clients in need of help.
    I think I can spare myself the trouble to spell out the rest, just one more as with every addiction they need to increase the dosis to get the same satisfaction. That’s why so many turn away from the truly afflicted to the more “complicated” cases.

  2. Silke, the condition you describe is similar codependency and psychologists come across it a lot.

    The codependent person is the archetypal rescuer and believes that without him/her the dependent or in this case extremely manipulative person could not survive. However, rather than being beneficial and encouraging the dependent one to develop and grow, the codependent state results in stuckness and increasing enmeshment. The codependent person or organisation needs the person to be dependent in order to affirm something very dysfunctional in them.

    Adam, I agree with you that those who have made excuses for and otherwise aided and abetted such people as Abu Rideh, are as guilty as these people are of murder.

    Just as is the Guardian when it makes heroes out of “poor oppressed” terrorists and asks them to write for it on CiF and then deletes comments which oppose their points of view.

    And as for Amnesty International – don’t get me started.

  3. In July 2009, Abu Rideh, with the help of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, succeeded in having the control order lifted.

    So they were responsible for getting him wasted. There’s a pleasing symmetry about that.

  4. If you aggregate all Arabs/ Muslims at the Guardian, the total number of employees there may come second only to, say, al-Jazeera. Who do you expect from that lot? They sold out years ago, ‘ Fly Emirates’ is their national flag nowadays.

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