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Use of satire as a desensitizing mechanism

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in response to reader comment: Clair -- Yes, satire Islam/Muhammed to death

Submitted by Claire (United States), Sep 22, 2007 at 23:38

I don't think a centralized, single website is the way to operate. I think it has to be a grassroots effort, with individuals world-wide posting cartoons and satirical verse. It has to be so huge that it's sublime--that it just overwhelms them.

I'm talking about using their own terror cell model against them, if you will. It would come at them from all sides, and they wouldn't be able to single anyone out. They'd be unable to stop it, and governments couldn't do anything about it, because it would be a meme spreading at the grassroots level--individual to individual.

It would undoubtedly desensitize them, although at first they'd be emotionally reactive and we'd see a lot of tantrums. But it would make our point. You cannot hold us hostage. You cannot continue to intimidate entire governments. This is truly war--a cultural war--and they are winning because their tactics don't follow the rules of fair play. Following the rules of fair play will be the death of our own culture if we don't take action.

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