Angel Of Mercy wrote:
DarkKnight2, we are on the very same page. These people are conscience-challenged, they are thugs and they are murderers who will stop at NOTHING.
Conscience-challenged is a nice way of putting it. Another way to say it is that these people are psychopaths (albeit in suits and uniforms).
A major block many people seem to have is in accepting/understanding that there are some folks who are simply incapable of feeling anything but hate, or anything that speaks to a level of compassion most would regard as 'normal'. The evil is always projected "over there". It's the terrists. This type of thinking is then made to seep into the minds of people who are also either incapable or too ignorant to see it for what it is.
Andrew Lobaczewski, Ph.D. discusses this in a book called Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes. Highly recomended. Here's a bit:
"It is a common phenomenon for a ponerogenic association or group to contain a particular ideology which always justifies its activities and furnishes certain propaganda motives. Even a small-time gang of hoodlums has its own melodramatic ideology and pathological romanticism. Human nature demands that vile matters be haloed by an over-compensatory mystique in order to silence one’s conscience and to deceive consciousness and critical faculties, whether one’s own or those of others.
If such an ponerogenic union could be stripped of its ideology, nothing would remain except psychological and moral pathology, naked and unattractive. Such stripping would of course provoke “moral outrage”, and not only among the members of the union; even normal people, who condemn this kind of union along with its ideologies, would feel hurt, deprived of something constituting part of their own romanticism, their way of perceiving reality. Perhaps even some of the readers of this book will resent the author’s stripping evil so unceremoniously of all its literary motifs. The job of effecting such a “strip-tease” may thus turn out to be much more difficult and dangerous than expected.
A primary ponerogenic union is formed at the same time as its ideology, perhaps even somewhat earlier. A normal person perceives such ideology to be different from the world of human concepts, obviously suggestive, and even primitively comical to a degree."
There's an article which makes liberal use of Lobaczewski's writings here:
http://www.cassiopaea.org/cass/politica ... zewski.htm