The right-wing noise-0-sphere is abuzz with a variety of absurd and patently false chain e-mails. Anyone with right-wing relatives probably has an inbox full of them. These stories are trite, maudlin, and usually offensive on a number of levels — and that offensiveness explains their appeal to the right-wing.
It’s where we get the chain e-mail hoax about shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pig’s blood — a particular chain e-mail that’s reached the big times, since Trump repeated it Friday at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina, to an approving audience.
“We better start using our heads”
According to the story, United States General John J. Pershing stopped Islamic terrorism once before by killing Muslim terrorists with bullets dipped in pig’s blood. The whole story is rather horrific — it reads like the written narrative of a Daesh video posted on YouTube:
Once in US history an episode of Islamic terrorism was very quickly stopped. It happened in the Philippines about 1911, when Gen. John J. Pershing was in command of the garrison. There had been numerous Islamic terrorist attacks, so “Black Jack” told his boys to catch the perps and teach them a lesson.
Forced to dig their own graves, the terrorists were all tied to posts, execution style. The US soldiers then brought in pigs and slaughtered them, rubbing their bullets in the blood and fat. Thus, the terrorists were terrorized; they saw that they would be contaminated with hogs’ blood. This would mean that they could not enter Heaven, even if they died as terrorist martyrs.
All but one was shot, their bodies dumped into the grave, and the hog guts dumped atop the bodies. The lone survivor was allowed to escape back to the terrorist camp and tell his brethren what happened to the others. This brought a stop to terrorism in the Philippines for the next 50 years.
Pointing a gun into the face of Islamic terrorists won’t make them flinch. They welcome the chance to die for Allah. Like Gen. Pershing, we must show them that they won’t get to Muslim heaven (which they believe has an endless supply of virgins) but instead will die with the hated pigs of the devil.
It’s tempting to say Nietzsche summed this attitude up best when he wrote, “When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you,” but these people never left the abyss to begin with. They occupy a warped version of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, with the shadow charades replaced by a Rorschach test using blood and human viscera.
Leaving aside the atavistic psychology this sort of thing appeals to, there’s no evidence this actually happened, and it conflicts with how we know Pershing actually dealt with the Moro — by waiting them out, ensuring as few Moro were killed as possible. All told, only 12 Moro were killed.
And Pershing may have felt even that was too many.
Still, it’s a simple solution for exceedingly simple people, and a proud testament to human empathetic and intellectual decay erected by the embodiments of sociopolitical entropy. Which explains why Trump repeated it to the approval of South Carolina voters during a rally on Friday:
He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood, and he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the fiftieth person he said ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, okay?
For Trump, this is a morality tale, and the moral of this story is this:
We better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we’re not gonna have a country, folks.
Trump speaks in non sequiturs inter-spliced with blatant racism. It’s like someone with a third-grade education attempted to rewrite Aesop’s fables in the vein of the Turner Diaries.
As Gawker notes, the most unsettling part about this whole thing isn’t Trump’s repeating of the story, but that he’s openly indulging in a racist murder fantasy to win votes from South Carolinians. And it might actually work.
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