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Low Self-esteem, Zealous Pride and Boiling Hatred

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Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Sep 26, 2006 at 14:38

The typical Islamic mindset is tormented by the abyss between Islam's glorious far past and its miserable more recent past, and present. It is a schizophrenic mindset in the framework of which the Muslims can simultaneously consider themselves a poor, victimized, and peaceful community, and at the same time aggressively claim world supremacy from a power intoxicated posture.

A good example of this we had just recently in Lebanon where in the wake of a disastrous war for them, and which was absolutely unprovoked and deliberately started by them, the Lebanese Hezbollah is blaming Israel for "inhuman atrocities and destruction" of Lebanon, but at the same time celebrating Hezbollah's "Divine Victory" over Israel.

Unfortunately, most Muslims are not aware that their bad fortune started as the Islam gradually changed from a pragmatic, vital, and competitive culture into a stagnant and frozen dogmatic cult. They have brain washed themselves into believing that their present miserable situation is a divine punishment for leaving the "pure Islam" and for not observing strictly to the letter the perverse teachings of their Koran. They are torn between their envy of the Western culture, progress, and affluence on one side, and their hatred and fear from it on the other. Their behavior, thinking pattern, and actions are guided by these overwhelming (and obviously irrational and mutually-contradicting) factors:

1. Low self esteem.

2. Zealous pride.

3. Envy.

4. Paranoia from the Western culture and influence.

(and more recently)

5. Power intoxication.

They are well aware of their backwardness, but instead of looking for solutions, they are blaming everybody else in the world, except themselves. All this feeds their lava-like boiling hatred.

Whenever given a chance or a pretext, this boiling Islamic hatred erupts again and again.


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