Okay, it’s a pile of boilerplate, buzz-word-filled word-salady cr*p typed by an inadequately-literate “journalist”, but it’s been making the rounds. Read the whole thing, I’ve only pinpointed a portion of the stupid.
(By the way, I’m not harping on the grammar and syntax purely because I’m a bitch. This sort of writing is intended to convey meaning, but not through things as solid as sentence structure. You aren’t really supposed to read it. You’re supposed to glance at the word salad and intuit that it’s the sort of stuff that you can’t articulate but that you definitely approve of. Zero ideas, all attitude.)
‘Last night’s Channel 4 polemic, “The Origins of Violence”, had the potential to be a fascinating dive into a deeply important topic; how Islamic is the Islamic State (Daesh)?
…anyone with a Wikipedia-level knowledge of Islam agreed that setting people on fire or drowning them in cages hasn’t much to do with a religion which is avowedly peaceful [“Avowedly peaceful”, forsooth. – Ed]. Indeed, anyone who wanted to make the opposite case more had to explain why so few Muslims were violent – if Islam itself was the problem.
….Holland’s response, which mixes a simplistic populism [I keep hearing that word all of a sudden. – Ed.] with wild irrelevancies, speaks to the fundamental inability [it’s a fundamental inability. Not just the regular kind. – Ed] of so many Western intellectuals to view the world in nothing [you mean “anything’] less than stark apocalyptic terms [I’m old enough to remember when the cool word was “manichean”. – Ed], in clashes of civilisations and religions, in centuries-long sweeps of superficial but (sic) ultimately unsatisfying analyses.
This brand of political analysis – often made by the more well-heeled of the Western intelligentsia, ritually [“ritually”? Are you trying to say “routinely”? – Ed.] ignores the material impact (sic?) and immense frustrations that inequality, under-employment, public corruption and lack of security can have on life in Muslim countries. [See, “under-employment” doesn’t “have” frustrations “on” things. And “life” can’t feel “frustrated” (AFAIK). Sue your teachers. – Ed]
It isn’t all about Islam – sometimes, it’s about issues so mundane as housing, petrol prices, schooling or universities. [I once ran off half-way round the world to join a rape/murder/torture cult because gas prices were too high. Long story. – Ed] In fact, it’s far more often about that. One can focus on their extreme ideology, which is interesting in a parlour room [I didn’t realize these guys were sitting around shooting the breeze in a parlour room, Alistair. Do tell. – Ed.] sense – or you can focus on stopping the bombs going off, and the genocides Holland rightly seems concerned about – by addressing legitimate grievances first and draining the extremists of their recruitment pools. [Once again, in something resembling English. – Ed]
A white [Eeewwww! – Ed] Christian man [They’d be more receptive to a woman? Maybe a lesbian? – Ed] denigrating well over a billion Muslims is not going to do that. Holland should know – the last time he made a film about his views on Islam, called “Islam: The Untold Story”, it drew a staggering 1,200 very justified complaints.
Holland, no doubt with the best of intentions, is helping Daesh get what they want.‘