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FRANKEL: The Real Meaning Behind the Washington Post’s al-Baghdadi Headline

On Saturday, US Special Forces conducted an operation that successfully killed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The next morning, President Donald Trump gave an address, saying that the savage murderer, rapist and terror leader “died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place.” Trump continued that the brutal killer “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. He died like a coward … The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him.”

According to CNN, ISIS has killed at least 2,043 people worldwide. ISIS is notorious for enslaving, torturing and beheading its captured. It is a terrorist network that goes out of its way to make the prisoners’ executions as barbaric as possible, which include frequent beheadings, electrocutions and drownings.

A normal person would expect that Americans of all stripes and ideologies could come together over somethings as objectively good as the elimination one of the worst people on the planet. However, this was not meant to be, because Orange Man Bad and getting Trump is a higher priority for the Left than effectively decapitating ISIS, apparently. Democratic congressional leaders reacted to the news by complaining that the President didn’t tell them. Members of the media questioned the manner that Trump addressed the raid with, accused him of colluding to give Syria to Russia in exchange for the ISIS leader, and wondered whether killing the leader would get the terrorists mad and cause them to commit more attacks.

But the most egregious example came from a Washington Post headline, which framed the operation as such:

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

The paper was met with the ridicule it deserved, most notably on Twitter, when users made up their own #WashPostDeathNotices to parody the headline.

But as insane as the headline was, it is a logical symptom of the Leftist postmodernist idea of subjective truth. The idea of something being “your truth” is a Hegelian/Marxist philosophy that directly contrasts objective reality.

When objective reality is challenged, anything can be true if you want it to be.

And we see examples of this almost daily. It’s how you get Proctor and Gamble to remove the female symbol from its menstrual products because apparently men can also get periods. It’s how you call biological men champions for defeating women in female races. It’s how you can justify abortion until birth because it’s just a “clump of cells.”

The list is endless, but the Washington Post headline shows another attack on objective reality—that America is the evil empire, and the leader of ISIS is just some innocent religious scholar.

Apparently, the leader of the free world wantonly decided to murder a harmless academic. And the downplaying of who al-Baghdadi was is exemplified by the fact that ISIS and al-Baghdadi’s crimes against humanity are not mentioned until paragraph 33 of the Washington Post’s piece.

In order to know how to defeat the Left, we need to know what we’re fighting. And the postmodernist notion of subjective truth is a philosophy that must be overcome if Western Civilization is to be preserved.


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