America’s Stockholm Syndrome

The Norrmalmstorg robbery occurred in 1973, when two bank robbers took three women and one man hostage during a heist.  The incidence endured six days during which time the hostages were ensnared with a trap that would strangle them if they were gassed, they were under constant threat of death.  The hostages later reported that they felt more threatened by police than by their captors.  When police finally rescued them they resisted police rescue efforts.  Later at the trial the former hostages refused to testify against their tormentors.  The male hostage set up a legal defense fund for the kidnapping bank robbers. The case was headline news in Sweden and women watching the news became enamored by the handsome good looks of one of the robbers, in fact, he became engaged to one of the his admirers.  Odd behavior indeed, however such reactions by victims to their tormentors is fairly common and even has a name, it is called Stockholm Syndrome.

Today Stockholm Syndrome refers to a victim of kidnapping, (or other entrapment situation,) who is incapable of escaping a life-threatening situation.  The victim has no source of protection or escape and as a defense mechanism, creates an emotional bond to the captor.  By seeing the world through the abuser’s perspective, the victim discovers how to please the abuser, thus creating a bond, and achieving a greater degree of security. Patty Hearst is a classic American example of the syndrome.

But I see another example on a far grander scale and it has gone unnoticed.  Since terrorists struck the WTC and the Pentagon in 2001 and subsequently the war in Iraq, many Americans seem to be making great efforts to embrace Islam to prove America is not anti-Islamic.  Is this to convince ordinary Muslims or radicalized Muslims bent on the destruction of Western civilization?  I believe the latter.  In much the same way a hostage might try to bond with their tormentor, many Americans are trying to see the world through radical Islam’s perspective in an unconscious effort to gain security against radical Islam’s threat.

Look around at what is happening in America.  Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said, “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury,” and more famously, “Israel must be wiped off the map,” was invited to speak at Columbia University.  This same evangelist of hate was invited to a softball chat with Larry King, where he was treated like any other political interviewee.  And of coarse a candidate with an Islamic name was swept into the presidency.  A coincidence?  Perhaps, or perhaps there was an unconscious reaction to his name. Certainly President Obama has been begging for Islamic love since inauguration day.  BTW, has anyone else noticed that Obama seems to have spent almost as much time in Muslim nations as he has here in the U.S.

But how deep does this psychology run?  I cannot answer that question definitively but one big hint comes when we examine the proposed memorial to United Flight 93 in Somerset, Pennsylvania.  We all know the heroic story of Flight 93, Islamic terrorists seized control of the plane, turned it back toward Washington, D.C. where they intended to crash to plane into a government building.  Passengers took the initiative and although they lost their own lives they saved the lives of those on the ground in D.C. as well as the U.S. Capitol Building.

Original DesignCongress tasked the National Park Service with creating an appropriate memorial to the victims of the Flight 93 hijacking.  When plans for the memorial were finally released in September 2005 it was called the “Crescent of Embrace” and bore a shocking resemblance to the crescent symbol of Islam.  Not only did it look like the Islamic Crescent but it was called a Crescent which certainly appears to be an Islamic reference. To deny this is to be insincere. Thus after years of intense opposition, mostly from flight 93 passenger Tom Burnett Jr.’s father, the designer, Paul Murdock, made changes to the design.

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What changes were made were superficial.  The crescent was narrowed to make it more “circle-like” and the name waqs changed.  On the National Park Service website there is an interview with Paul Murdock.  In the interview Murdock dismisses the controversy, “These allegations are self-serving propaganda driven by a closed-minded ideology that is blind to new meaning and form. Our design is an original and distinctly American memorial that honors the 40 heroes of United Flight 93.”  I’m sorry but I must be blind to “new meaning and form.”  The form clearly references images of terror.  The violent acts of 9/11 were committed in the name of Islam.  Had these acts been committed in the name of Christ, there is no doubt in my mind that regardless of natural landforms, (Murdock defended the crescent shape as having been dictated by the natural landform,) there would not be any hint of a cross shape in the memorial design.

Murdock’s statement angered me on several levels.  He began by accusing the design’s opposition of having a “self-serving” agenda.  What might this agenda be?  We are offended that the memorial unintentionally or not celebrates the ideology that motivated those violent acts in 2001.  Next he made what I think is a very telling comment.  He accused opponents of the design of being driven by a “closed-minded ideology.”  This was the statement that led me to understand the design was not an unintentional nod to Islam.

He has consistently insisted on the crescent design and in calling Tom Burnett a close-minded idealogue, he revealed his own agenda.  You see, if Mr. Murdock had accidentally offended families of the victims and millions of Americans and he were not an idealogue himself, he would have removed the accidental symbolism.  However, not only did he not remove the crescent he insisted it remain the focal point in the memorial’s design.  So who is “driven by a closed-minded ideology?”  (Visit this website if this outrages you as much as it does me.) I say it is Paul Murdock and I contend he is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, just like millions of other Americans, likely including, even our President.

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Meanwhile our President is once again making the rounds trying to please the Islamic world.  No trip to Israel, no, that might erase some of the good-will President Obama has built among Muslims.  However, you cannot win over the radical hate-mongering Muslims no matter how hard you try.  Just like the aliens in the movie Independence Day they only want us to die.  Mr. President, did you miss the latest video from our misunderstood Islamic friends? You can try to make friends with your tormentors but in the end they will kill you just the same.

    • reedkeys
    • June 4th, 2009

    Stockholm syndrome is a pretty good analogy. I liken it more to battered women syndrome. The more they want to kill us, the more we try to apologize for making them angry. Not all of us obviously, but some. Thanks for pointing out the controversy about the memorial. I hadn’t heard about that. Really outrageous the lengths they will go to denigrate the memory of heroes. The left simply can not tolerate that kind of heroism.

    • Actually, Battered women syndrome is Stockholm Syndrome. Click the link where I am defining Stockholm Syndrome and you will see it listed as one of the groups that experience it. I really believe the left and even some on the right are actually experiencing Stockholm Syndrome. They think appeasement will abate the danger. Appeasement is what Stockholm Syndrome is all about. When there is no refuge people try to make the oppressor their friend and protector. Mental illness brought on by duress.

        • reedkeys
        • June 5th, 2009

        Well, I guess that shows how right I am! LOL

    • DaveNate
    • June 4th, 2009

    I would like to know on what date the phrase “Israel must be wiped off the map” was spoken and who interpreted it for you?

    Most sources and even Ahmadinejad himself contradict this interpretation. A word for word translation is as follows “The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e eshghalgar-e qods) must [vanish from] the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad)” This suggest the removal of a regime and not the physical destruction of a nation.

    If we took this same slanderous approach then the words of our own leaders could be just as damaging. For instance, Ronald Reagan once said “The march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history”

    Clearly he is advocating that we nuke Russia into a pit of ashes after a nuclear firestorm.

    • The quote is clickable and will link you to the New York Times article from which the quote was used. The same quote and translation can be found in most credible US publications. Ahmadinejad was reported to have said this on October 26, 2005 by the Iranian Student News Agency, ISNA, who I assume also translated the comments. The “most sources” you refer to appear to be mostly pro-Iranian and pro-Arab websites. However, the point is moot since I take things in context when I can, this is why is never write in response to a single source, I prefer at least 4 sources sometimes a dozen. Ahmadinejad taken in context has spewed mostly contempt for Israel and the U.S. I can only judge you by your comments but you sound like an apologist for Ahmadinejad.

      • reedkeys
      • June 5th, 2009

      Ronald Reagan had more nuclear weapons at his disposal than anyone ever has. If he really wanted to “nuke Russia into a pit of ashes after a nuclear firestorm,” he could have. He didn’t. Guess he didn’t really want to after all.

    • DaveNate
    • June 6th, 2009

    Reedkeys, it’s sarcasm.

    American Idiot, the fact that you call any US news publication credible is telling enough. I am not an apologist for Ahmadinejad at all. He is a very damaging politician, mostly for the Iranian people, and it is my hope he is unseated.

    The New York Times article you are referring to is a joke. At no point does the author discuss the interpretation. The New York times has posted a follow up article since that one and it is remarkedly different, but still flawed since the author used separate interpretors to put together his own translation and neither of the interpretors agreed that ahmadinejad used the phrase “map” or implied physical destruction of Israel.

    As I said before, I am not an apologist, but I am honest. The real reason to be concerned about Iran is not because of their views towards the Israel Palestine conflict or any threat they pose because most every nation in the region feels the same way. The real reason for concern is that they, just like Saddam Hussein immediately before we went after him, have been actively working towards selling oil in currencies outside of the dollar which is propping up demand for the dollar world wide. Of course we dont’ hear much about this lately because China’s trade policies and decision to drop the dollar will have an even larger effect not to mention the actions of our inflater in Chief.

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