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"Contempt for weakness"

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Submitted by Kiel Hesselmann (Denmark), Feb 26, 2010 at 17:21

I agree with you, myth - the Arabs could easily condemn themselves for being too weak. But it will not help as long as the inferiors project their insecurity outwards. In psychological language it says: "attributing one's own traits or attitudes to others." (J.P. Chaplin, 1973). It hurts to see the lack of strength in oneself. To compensate for this inferiority complex the islamist's boast of themselves: I'm Tarzan, you Jane - as Weismuller would have it.

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