Islamic state or Isis has been trending for quite a while in the web or say in people mind. Isis with their agenda of creating an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East has captured the imagination of some section of people from the Islamic world or we can say the whole world. Every time when we hear about Isis acts of barbarism like beheadings or destruction of historical artifacts; one is forced to wonder what motivates such extreme behavior or to say precisely what demotivates them from living a peaceful and prosperous life like others are living.
The other big thing that happened last year was the release of “American Sniper”, a biographical war drama of Chris Kyle; the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Played by Bradley Cooper and directed by one of the well-known faces of Hollywood, Clint Eastwood. With the whole controversy surrounding the character of the movie and with unverified claims of sniping more than 160 kills, the picture gives us an intriguing sense of what is happening in the mind set of ordinary Americans. After watching American Sniper, people with awareness will realized that we are sheep, we can be pushed anywhere and everywhere.
Clint Eastwood has directed a movie with an intriguing question of patriotism. The movie has 9/11 as its backdrop. The question that comes in mind after watching this movie “Are we living in an illusion”. There is a theory in psychology that states; if you repeat things for 21 days it becomes a habit. The news of terrorists attack on Charlie Hebdo has reaffirmed this theory again. The attacks of 9/11 had proved this theory. Islam equals to terrorisms was feed for 21days any we have the consequence. We all know of media choosing selective stories, the news of east is different from west.
There is this thing called “the good vs. the evil” which is feed in our minds. For centuries this feelings have been exploited; someone’s freedom fighter can be terrorists to someone else; in reality the fact is there are no heroes and villains, but only humans. The world has too many sheep, with few shepherds; but the problem is not with the sheep or the shepherds but with the wannabe sheep.
American Sniper hits a common illusion “America is under attack”. There is a common delusion of American, that there country has enemies; the citizens needs to take up arms to protect their family from the so called enemies and vice versa on the other hand the people from the middle east and other countries think America is there common enemy. It is not people from other country but their own government’s policies which are their worst enemies; it is not a man from Texas who is illusioned by the attacks of 9/11 or the Iraqi shopkeeper who took up arms to fight foreign invasions, but the government foreign policies which are their worst enemies.
If you look at any society, you see a common thread; people love their family, friends and their country; and it is these feeling that are exploited. There is no difference between a soldier of America and the insurgent of Iraq; they suffer from the common illusion of inorganic patriotism. We have to realize that it is not the people that we have to fight but their illusions. American sniper is a good movie; it gives an insight of the lives of American soldiers, post war trauma, depression and their fight to get back to life.