Come On People

  • Posted on: 24 April 2015
  • By: davis

No ‘swooshing’: ISIS reportedly bans Nike because it sounds like ‘sex’ in Arabic

So sayeth RT. Reddit upvoted this, of course, because they'll upvote anything that contains a mass consumer product. First line of the story: "Unverified reports suggests that the Islamic State has banned Nike apparel because the brand’s name sounds like the term for sexual intercourse in Arabic. Militants have reportedly been ordered to get rid of smutty-sounding sportswear."

Color me surprised that a widely circulated, unverified, English-speaking report is being used to dehumanize an opponent and justify bloodshed.

 "So great are the psychological resistances to war in modern nations that every war must appear to be a war of defense against a menacing, murderous aggressor. There must be no ambiguity about who the public is to hate." - Harold Lasswell