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Saturday, October 23, 2010

What Makes Johnny Dhimmi Run Away?

We talk a lot about Dhimmis and Dhimmification but aside from the generic yielding to Islam, what exactly does a Dhimmi look like?

There's not much point in talking about the average man on the street, bullied into dhimmification by a political and cultural elite. We've talked before about the dhimmi impulse on the left and its cultural impact and we will again. But it's our leaders, the top rank of our nations and civilizations, who have willingly adopted the role of Dhimmi despite being in the power center of mighty nations.

Or to put it another way, What Makes Johnny Dhimmi Run Away?

A closer look at the Dhimmi leadership will yield some surprises. These leaders of the Dhimmi class and of our own nations and cultural centers are occasionally left wing, sometimes liberal leaning but generally moderate. While their views may seem liberal to us, that's only because they lack any real views of their own. As the left's culture war has continued to push the center further and further to the left, views that were once liberal, become mainstream. And Johnny Dhimmi is a creature of the center, a true moderate in the sense that he moves with the herd of public opinion while pretending to be its shepherd. As a faithful worshiper of the status quo, Johnny Dhimmi is quick to adapt to whatever the dominant view appears to be.

Johnny Dhimmi may be President of a nation or a college, he may be Prime Minister or an Archbishop, he may be a corporate CEO or an army General. He does however have certain common denominators. He is not particularly smart or particularly honest, but he has mastered two core elements, people and organizations. Johnny Dhimmi is the Peter Principle come to life, promoted well and above his level of incompetence.

In person Johnny Dhimmi is generally congenial but with a sharp sense of humor that usually expresses itself at someone else's expense. He is not successful at any actual job or task, but what he is successful at is networking and making connections and then using them to climb the next step of the ladder.

Johnny Dhimmi does not have any ideas of his own but he excels at borrowing other people's ideas, breaking them down to the simplest common denominator and using them as a repetitive slogan. You couldn't argue with Johnny Dhimmi because he spends very little time thinking about things and ideas need to be conveyed to him in bite size form. At the same time Johnny Dhimmi is suspicious of excessively simple ideas, such as national self-defense or a clash of civilizations, as a natural born manager, he prefers an answer that will smooth out the bumps and keep business moving. While he is not above exploiting patriotic symbols or rhetoric and even believes them at the time, he never takes them too seriously, they are a costume he puts on and takes off when appropriate.

Johnny Dhimmi lives in a business oriented world. His friends are often businessmen and he may have even had a business background and even if he doesn't, thanks to his friends he likely has some business interests now. As a politician his policy agenda is colored by the impact of legislation on his business friends. This does not necessarily mean that he is pro-business in the conventional way, he may be pro-environment if his friends have plans to profit from environment related businesses. He may be pro-socialized medicine if his friends have interests in companies that expect to profit from the transition. He does not see this as hypocrisy, only good business... because he tends to define the public interest in terms of the business interests of his associates who to him represent the 'public', the 'ordinary' people he has access to on a regular basis. Often, like many politicians, he genuinely sees no contraction in this.

As a General, Johnny Dhimmi has very little interest in war. The military for him is an extension of business and political ambitions. He is often anti-war in private and prefers to avoid any conflicts, as they interfere with his comfortable position. After the military, he likely looks forward to a job as a lobbyist for the defense industry or perhaps a career in politics.

As a clergyman, Johnny Dhimmi has little in the way of religion. He believes in God in a formal sort of way and sees his job mainly involving making people feel better about their lives. He has no desire or interest to seek out God and while he is suspicious and hostile toward his co-religionists who do, he admires Muslims who seem so determined about their faith-- from a safe distance. His view of them is an uneasy mix of orientalism and the noble savage, but in public this emerges as admiration and interfaith fellowship.

The one thing that cannot be denied though is that Johnny Dhimmi possesses certain leadership skills or at least the facade of those skills. He is a decent public speaker but often even better on a one on one basis, capable of fathoming what others want and compromising and cutting a deal. Though he has poor decision making skills, these abilities move him up in business, politics and the military, sometimes all the way to the top.

Johnny Dhimmi has learned throughout his career that the safest approach is the mildest. He is capable of bold rhetoric and action when needed, he is not emotionless or a robot, but he is naturally static and has trouble coping with new ideas. He prefers accommodation to conflict and while he will fight politically for what he believes in, it will only be until he realizes that it is hopeless and then he will look for a way out. It may however take time for this understanding to sink in, often making him the last man on the Titanic to notice the big iceberg.

Johnny Dhimmi is not a bad man, often he is a moderately decent man. He thinks of himself as moral and in some ways he is. He makes an affectionate husband and a loving if somewhat self-centered father. But he also lacks any real ideas or character and when push comes to shove, he falls backward.

His response to the rise of Islamic terror is to look for easy solutions that work for everyone. His initial response is to ignore it. His second response is to accommodate the moderates while banishing the extremists. When this fails, he stalls and looks to someone else for answers. Finally he begins negotiating the terms of surrender for his country in order to get the best terms and limit the damage.

The destructive capacity of Johnny Dhimmi lies in his sheer uselessness and lack of mental agility and ability. Devoid of any spine, he folds easily. Things have come easy to him in life and his entire professional career has been devoted to convincing people to do what he thinks is best. And what he thinks is best, is what will keep business going.

Johnny Dhimmi is loyal, but not to a country. His first and foremost interest is not the nation, but that corner of it which consists of his friends' business interests. He is strongly loyal when it comes to his friends and what his friends want is for international trade to keep running smoothly. They are interested in new business opportunities from conflicts on occasion, but mostly they prefer that their country be viewed positively abroad, that trade run smoothly, that tourism move easily and that a large supply of cheap labor exist via immigration. They like the idea of government taking on many of their responsibilities and they strongly dislike excessively loud patriotism and nationalism, as it tends to scare away the foreign clients and offends their cynically comfortable lifestyles.

This is the face of Johnny Dhimmi, traitor without a clue, the man whose very hollowness undermines his country without ever understanding the how or why of it. Lacking principles and judgment, he sells out his country because he does not understand what he should be standing up for and why.

11 comments:

Lemon said...

Sad description.

Keli Ata said...

My first thought was Bibi:(

Not Obama since I never did believe he cared.

noboat1 said...

Did Michael Bloomberg hire you to write his resume?

Yael said...

IMHO, to hell with Johnny Dhimmi. If "devoid of any spine, he folds easily," then we'll just have to walk right over him. I'm tired of trying to understand his ilk; it's time the Johnny Dhimmis of the world start trying to understand US instead.

But then I am much encouraged at the moment, having watched this video several times:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSMk2dvjuCo

4infidels said...

You are so right about Johnny Dhimmi not having original ideas. He takes the fashionable notions from politics, business and academia and then makes superficial gestures. But these supposedly cutting-edge ideas are nothing more than a restatement of what other Important People are promoting. So he looks like a leader while not rocking the boat by aligning his program with the values of the day.

For example, Johnny Dhimmi is big on promoting awareness; he cares little about doing the hard work of making a difference, not that he knows how. This way he announces his virtue without actually spending his time or money.

Things Johnny Dhimmi loves:

Raising awareness

Green Energy Week

Celebrating Diversity

Increasing the number of female managers

Having a student body with the most countries represented

Putting plenty of pictures of minorities in the company magazine

Anything that promotes globalization and "our increasingly interconnected world"

Opening a division or academic program in Dubai

Partnering with an organization in Abu Dhabi

Living in a multicultural community (in a gated development while sending kids to private school)

Having a photo of a girl in hijab on the school website

Reading Thomas Friedman columns

Taking time away from the battles of politics or rigors of academia to spend more time with family and refocus on what is important (while working as a lobbyist, in a hedge fund or for a Saudi-funded think tank)

Highlighting Jews and Muslims playing soccer together in gym class as the key to bringing peace to the Middle East

And so on...

Daniel Greenfield @ Sultan Knish blog said...

Exactly.

He follows trends with no ideas of his own. He finds liberalism often more comfortable because it seems more respectable and there are fewer hard and fast standards. And it is the practice of the elites. It allows him to feel good about himself without actually being good.

And yes Bloomberg is a prime example.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for painting the perfect portrait of Israel's ruling elite. I cannot think of a single "mainstream" Israeli politician who does not fit this description.

DP111 said...

“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”

Dorothy L. Sayers

wanumba said...

"Men without chests"

They do have rage, though ... in a Stockholm Syndrome way - they don't direct their anger against their kidnappers, but against the police. Their carefully constructed, self-deluding "understanding" with their kidnappers not to kill them as long as they cooperate is undermined by any physical efforts to free them by rescuers who "don't understand." They perceive then that the rescuers are at fault for putting them in mortal danger by provoking the hostage-takers.
Gah.

Anonymous said...

I was speaking to Joanna Dimmy, waiting for the kids in the gym foyer and the victims of the 7/7 bombings were on Sky News. I tried to strike up a conversation, to discover what she thought; but her response was 'my husband thinks.....',' he has his own beliefs....' When I said we ought to discuss this ideology at home and in the open, in schools, media &. from their books because that's our culture the answer was "I'd rather not know!" I said she'd better get to know as it is here and our children would be on the end of it.

.....and people wonder why swathes of the middle east became Islamic, I wonder if at the embryonic stage people were saying "I'd rather not know"?

Still admiring those Muslims who seem determined about their faith, still think they are at a 'safe' distance? Take a peek at this:

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2010/10/real-hope-and-change-for-pakistan.html

kate b

Anonymous said...

There are plenty shimmis in India, politicians, and communist academic "intellectuals":
"Each reference to each of these mosques having been constructed on the sites of temples with, as in the case of Benaras, the stones of the very temples which were demolished for that very purpose have been censored out of the English version of the book ! Each one of the passages on each one of the seven mosques!
Indeed there is not just censorship but substitution. In the Urdu volume we are told in regard to the mosque at Kanauj for instance that "This mosque stands on an elevated ground inside the fort of Kanauj. It is well known that it was built on the foundation of some Hindu temple that stood here." In the English version we are told in regard to the same mosque that "It occupied a commanding site, believed to have been the place earlier occupied by an old and decayed fort"....

Conclusions
But that, though obvious, weighs little with me. The fact that temples were broken and mosques constructed in their place is well known. Nor is the fact that the materials of the temples -- the stones and the idols -- were used in constructing the mosque, news. It was thought that this was the way to announce hegemony. It was thought that this was the way to strike at the heart of the conquered -- for in those days the temple was not just a place of worship; it was the hub of the community's life, of its learning, of its social life. So the lines in the book which bear on this practice are of no earth-shaking significance in themselves. Their real significance -- and I dare say that they are but the smallest, most innocuous example that one can think of on the mosque-temple business -- lies in the evasion and concealment they have spurred. I have it on good authority that the passages have been known for long, and well known to those who have been stoking the Babri Masjid issue.
(Several other modern Muslim historians and epigraphists accept that the fact that many other mosques including the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya stand on the sites of Hindu temples.)
That is the significant thing; they have known them, and their impulse has been to conceal and bury rather than to ascertain the truth....
Will we shed our evasions and concealment? Will we at last learn to speak and face the whole truth?...
http://arunshourie.voiceofdharma.com/articles/19890205.htm

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