Happiness in the proximity of faith and death

[ by Charles Cameron — the emotional impact of faith, from a nun present at the Normandy attack to a failed suicide bomber in Syria ] . According to this IB Times article, Tragic last words of Catholic priest killed by Isis terrorists revealed, Sister Helene Decaux, one of the nuns who was present at […] Read more »

Of martyrdom and forgiveness

[ by Charles Cameron — of martyrdom according to ISIS and the church, & of forgiveness in response to hate — continuing from Of sacrifice and martyrdom ] . ** My Lapido piece closed with these words: That is, in part, why Pope Francis in his official comment on the event said he was “particularly […] Read more »

Waiting for the other Max Boot to drop

[ by Charles Cameron — on the Tamil Tigers that did not bark in the night ] . It’s interesting to read Max Boot‘s chronology of suicide attacks in his Commentary piece, What It Takes to Stop Islamic Terror today: It’s worth remembering that suicide bombing is a relatively recent tactic: It was first used […] Read more »

Aesthetics of love & death

[ by Charles Cameron — relics of a catacombs martyr, St Valentine and more ] . ** There are times when the DoubleQuote format is confining, and the comparative method it is based on could be uswed effectively with more than two examples. Here consider also: The Tamil Tiger martyr Jenny, as discussed in a […] Read more »

Comparative martyr photos for Ibn Siqilli

[ by Charles Cameron — Muslim and Sikh memorial photos have similar aesthetic & emotional appeal ] . I’ve long been interested in the death photos used in AQ and IS propaganda, several of which Chris Anzalone [aka Ibn Siqilli] has documented, eg: Al-Zubayr al-Sudani, as featured in the AQC-produced video series “Wind of Paradise“ […] Read more »

Contextualizing the beheading of Coptic Christians in Libya

[ by Charles Cameron — in real estate it’s location, location, location — in thought space it’s context, context, context ] . Timothy Furnish offers us context for the newly released video of Islamic State beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians (screencap in upper panel, below) with two striking images of precedents, one of which […] Read more »

A Quick 1: ISIS and Karbala

[ by Charles Cameron -- another quick one, this one concerned with "key religious and transportation hubs"-- ie pilgrimage routes ] . Millions of Shiite pilgrims in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the Ashura mourning rituals, 2012. ** Everyone should calm down. That’s the message from Michael Knights in his Politico piece yesterday, […] Read more »