Posted to YouTube by Sarah Hurst, April 17, 2015.
Palestinian alternative activist Mudar Zahran made the connection earlier today between proponents of the anti-Israel BDS movement and Nazis outright — and, of course, he’s spot-on as regards the truth of that — and Canadian professor Linda Feldman had elsewhere and moments prior mentioned the work of Mo Asumang, a German celebrity – “filmmaker, actress, and tv presenter” – who recently has produced a body of work about the being and meaning of “Aryan”.
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“Our religion should be us. You’re a white man, you’re a god in yourself, stand up and fight for your race . . . .” (1:14)
Related around here: “malignant narcissism“.
In psychology, there may be another aspect in being that intuitively discovers, evolves, and revolves around core identity themes, but whether and to what extent we concern ourselves with our respective legacies in culture, language, race, and religion in the development of individual self-concept seem to me questions quite open but rapidly closing on the race card.
In fact, that theme begs another question: “Is that all you’ve got?”
There is always a great deal else in that noggin — anyone’s — too.
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Related: BBC. “Mo Asumang: Confronting racism face-to-face.” May 13, 2014: “I went out and tried to confront these people with my person.”
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“GHSR Syria Watch” has a Facebook page without a “Follow” button and a Twitter account with few followers.
“Global Studies & Research” appears to have no footprint online apart from its YouTube location.
It could have happened yesterday.
It could have happened next door.
Syrian attitudes toward Jews and Israel, also “the west” — all that hateful politics — may temper or discipline outsider reception, but that does not keep the spectacle of the aftermath — or in the second video around Jobar, the recording of combat footage — from being unutterably sad.
One may put a price on reconstruction — demolition, recovery of materials, regrading, pouring new platforms, setting in new infrastructure and roads, the redevelopment of some kind of society, and God please make it a better, more human, more modern one, even Jew-friendly — but one cannot account the lives that once animated every inch of space apparent in the above recordings.
I don’t know who “SyrianResearch” is or may be, but as a search string, the same recovers this active organization: Syria Research and Evaluation Organization.
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Television host, director, and correspondent Martin Himel has produced a body of work on bigotry.
I haven’t been methodical about selecting these clips from Mr. Himel’s YouTube page but to see these themes broadly collected and presented in one place in video should open eyes and hearts to the character of racist and religious hate.
Amazon lists two documentaries by Martin Himel available on DVD (however, I think I may have just snagged the last available copy of Jenin: Massacring Truth): Jenin: Massacring Truth; Confrontation at Concordia.
Himel’s work has been airing this month on the Canadian television station Vision TV: Jew Bashing (May 6 to May 27); Persecuted Christians aired on May 6 and may be viewed in Canada in its entirety on the site linked (the message I got in western Maryland: “The channel owner has prohibited viewing from this location).
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For criminal horror and scale, Hitler’s Germany remains at the top of a still lengthening heap of unimaginable — but observable — cruelty.
At least Rwanda’s over.
However, add to the Islamic Small Wars and the ever smoldering Middle East Conflict the dark notes continuing to spill out of Burma, southern Sudan, Congo, Mexico, Colombia, and Somalia.
Love thy neighbor as thyself?
Not for ourselves alone (do we pray)?
It is true: for those who pray only for themselves, nature has a way of visiting the same unkindly. Our species may be indeed stronger — better adapted, defended, and fit — when “not for ourselves alone do we pray.”
Posted here with thanks to my private correspondent in Lithuania and to YouTube’s “Edup12” for bringing this and more to light.
The study of “malignant narcissists” and how they do what they do has a complement in inquiry into the character of their enablers and their followers. The above is longer than a “sound bite”, but hang with it: it has many things to say about evil and its seductions.
The case for pathological narcissism and its characteristic defensiveness and obliviousness to others — and to reality, socially, sometimes physically — only becomes more clear as this filter borne of comparisons and observations becomes itself more resolving; then too, the charismatic effects of what may present as a happily grandiose mania may become more clear to those endangered as its targets or, far worse, enthralled by its recklessness and the first appearance of its excesses.
Traudl Junge was about 13 years old in 1933 and all of 25 when she found herself sharing the bunker in which Hitler committed suicide.
And here is a kicker — I didn’t like the cut of the film sent by way of Lithuania, and so went looking, briefly (in the way of the web), for another look at a part of André Heller’s Blind Spot documentary (source picked up from John Hooper’s reporting in The Guardian in 2002).
And yet much the same.
The second clip, early on, explains the voice-over appearing in the first (reaction shots Junge’s watching her own interview on a monitor).
And now — again, in the way of the World Wide Web –something really different:
And yet too much the same.
If we could not laugh, we would cry.
Wikipedia. “Traudl Junge”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traudl_Junge