The last full week of March 2016 saw Europe coming to terms with two vastly contradictory events. On the one hand you had horrendous suicidal terrorist attacks in Brussels, the political capital of Europe, resulting in over 30 dead and over 300 wounded. The attacks took place on Zaventem airport and on a subway train at Maelbeek station. These attacks were conducted by Islamic State, a group who believe in a tenacious ideology of Islamist extremism, which is today the world’s most potent revolutionary political force. John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, in September 2014 at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, described IS as “a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement”.
Aside from the heartrending loss of life, a lesser effect of the incidents in Brussels is that it helps Donald Trump with his on-going vilification of all Muslims everywhere.
But this was also the week that saw a UN-backed war-crimes tribunal (the first since Nuremberg) finding Radovan Karadzic, the former Christian Bosnian Serb leader, guilty of war crimes during the Bosnian war of the 1990s and sentencing him to 40 years in prison. Karadzic, who was the Bosnian Serb leader as well as the supreme commander of its armed forces, was convicted of genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, as well as nine other charges, including his actions during the siege of Sarajevo, which left more than 10,000 people dead.
The count of genocide in Srebrenica resulted in the murder of more than 7,500 Muslim men and boys, which the UN said was part of a campaign to “terrorise and demoralise the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat population”.
With Karadzic you have an entire continent trying to figure out why we still have large scale ethnic cleansing well over 50 years after the end of World War II, something that we all thought would never happen again, at least not within western shores.
With Islamic State you have a global jihadist insurgency that, in March 2016 alone, has seen attacks in Mali, Turkey, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, and now in the centre of Europe, Brussels.
A few days after the Brussels attacks, an IS suicide bomber killed over 30 in a football match in Iskandariya, near Baghdad. It is surprising how little coverage there was of any of these other non-Brussels attacks in the mainstream media, or perhaps it came as no surprise at all. To put it another way:
All victims deserve respect and mourning. All countries deserve solidarity and support…This concern is not to take away from Brussels what Brussels is in every way merited: grief, fear, pain. Yet it is meant to highlight the same grief, fear and pain of countless other cities and countries around the world that do not so seamlessly draw white attention or hold EU membership. – Zoha Qamar
Anyways, during my digital travels along the information superhighways I recently come across some funny and satirical videos related to Islamic State and to Donald Trump. I also found a satirical video about Al Qaeda from the always funny Key & Peele, and a video several years old featuring Will Ferrell as George Dubya Bush. The Trump and ISIS videos go some way in explaining current events. As always, enjoy!
Who created ISIS?
We maybe playing right into the hands of ISIS, which is why they are saying thanks:
This is how to create your own caliphate:
America, according to Bill Maher, is a country that is number one in thinking it is number one, and subsequently it has ended up with Trump: a clown, a conman, a Klansman, who Maher thinks doesn’t really want to be President, he just wants people to call him “President”:
John Oliver tears down the Great wall of Trump:
Does Trump have a Muslim daughter called Ayesha Ali Trump?
And the rest…
Key & Peele recreate an Al Qaeda meeting:
Dubya tries to eradicate some Islamic myths on Saturday Night Live: