Are the terrorists and their leaders psychopaths?
In an article entitled IS THIS MAN MAD? Jon Swain in The Australian Weekend Magazine, of 16/17 September, asks the question and states:
“As Iran’s president squares up to the West over his nuclear ambitions and rants about an impending apocalypse, even the mullahs are starting to question his sanity.”
Madness is an inability to discern and deal with reality.
a) An imaginary world seems as interesting and more important.
b) The two common forms of madness are paranoid schizophrenia, in which conspiracies and plots are imagined and the person with the disease loses trust in everyone and the ability to love anyone. (cf. Suicide bombers!)
c) Another common madness is psychopathic behavior, in which everything is a game and there is no right or wrong (this used to be called "moral imbecility"). This disease is dangerous because the general contact with reality is maintained, so this person can do a lot of damage and hurt a lot of people. ( Some current leaders in the ME?)
Jon Swain: “Almadinejad’s talk at the UN of the coming of the”promised one” (i.e.. The Mahdi) and “perfect human beings” may have been mumbo-jumbo to many delegates in New York, but it is hugely relevant in Shi’ite Iran. It has not gone down with some clerics, though, reinforcing the view that Almadinejad is out of touch with reality. He was referring to the coming of the Mahdi, Shiite Islam’s long-hidden 12th imam.”
“In Qom there are voices of discontent. ‘Such talk about the Mahdi is unworthy of a president’, says Ayatollah Tabrizi, one of the city’s clerics.
And: “Grand Ayatollah Yusef Saanei, once a close collaborator of Khomeini, is even blunter. ‘Anyone who talks that way must have a screw loose.’”
In my opinion, looking at one description of madness above, i.e. psychopathic behavior, in which everything is a game and there is no right or wrong (this used to be called "moral imbecility") then Almadinejad is definitely a “moral imbecile” from all his pronouncements and activities to-date.
Add to it,- that this disease is dangerous because the general contact with reality is maintained, so this person can do a lot of damage and hurt a lot of people,- then one must definitely be concerned about Almadinejad,- his threats and his nuclearization ambitions for Iran.
As for the United nations, Mark Steyn in an article on JewishWorldReview (www.jewishworldreview.com/) “UN shows why it’s incapable of reform” notes that the “Iran’s president was a huge hit at the UN. Short of bringing out some burqa-clad Rockettes and doing a couple of choruses of “This is the Age of a Scary Us,” he couldn’t have been a bigger smash.”
Steyn continues: “ I said a year or two back, apropos the U.N., that it’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and blend it with a quart of dog poop the result would taste more like the latter than the former. And last week’s performances at the General Assembly were a fine illustration of that. Almadinejad and Hugo Chavez were star finalists of “UnAmerican Idol,” and, just when you need Simon Cowell, the only Brit in sight was the oleaginous Mark Malloch Brown, Kofi Annan’s deputy, fawning over every crazy in town.”
If madness is an inability to discern and deal with reality and an imaginary world seems as interesting and more important,- then Mark Steyn believes that the UN’s problems are there because many of its members have lost the ability to discern and deal with reality.
“Anyone who thinks that the U.N. is the body to mediate Iran’s nuclearization or anything else is more deluded than Almadinejad. At this rate, the Twelfth Imam (Nahdi) will be the next Secretary General.”
What to do?Alan Dershowitz believes that Iran should be expelled from the UN for Almadinejad’s behaviour. Mark Steyn’s reaction: “Yeah, right. There’s more chance of the Twelfth’s Imam eloping with Paris Hilton.”.
A letter to UN Ambassador John Bolton of the US, lobbying for this action elicited this (auto)reply:
Thank you for your message to Ambassador Bolton concerning Iran. President Bush said in the General Assembly that the UN has passed a clear resolution requiring that the regime in Tehran meet its international obligations. Iran must abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. We are working toward a diplomatic solution to this crisis.
Australian Senator, Mitch Fifield wrote and article in The Herald- Sun, Melbourne:
Terror is no joke
September 25, 2006
“IT is easy to become complacent about the threats of Islamic terrorists and their sponsor states.
The terrorists and their threats can seem remote and unreal.
Take the letter from Iran's embassy in Canberra to MPs and Senators to keep them informed on the situation in the Middle East.”
.. Article continues here.
Apparently the letter contained President Almadinejad’s speech to the UN. How the Ambassador was not embarrassed to disseminate this in Canberra is in itself puzzling! But then, he probably had no choice in the matter!
They are all mad, mad, mad! In the end we’ll be the ones hiding in fear from them, while they roam free in the world at large.
N.B. Virgin Airlines is taking bookings for flights in space already!