Monday, July 18, 2005


    Remember taking aptitude tests where a group of numbers or words were presented and you were to find what linked them? I don't know if public schools teach or promote those types of challenges anymore but I will give an example.
    For example, a simple array of numbers: 4, 8, 12, 98, 44, 52, 28 - all have in common the fact that they are all even numbers. Simple huh?
    Now your turn. I will list some known terrorist groups (very small sub-set), any of which can be found on the internet, and see if you can find something in common:
    • Ansar Al-Islam
    • Ansar al-Sunnah Partisans of Islam
    • Egyptian Islamic Jihad
    • Gama'a al-Islamiyya
    • Islamic Jihad of Palestine
    • Islamic Resistance Movement
    • Islamic Jihad
    • Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine
    • Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
    • Jemaah Islamiya Organization
    • Muslim Iranian Students Society
    • Revolutionary Organization of Socialist Muslims
    Were you able to find the simple pattern? Are you able to pass the test?


    simoncat said...

    That was too easy Justa Dog! You should have added:

    Harakat ul-Mujahedin
    Jamaat ul-Fuqra

    and see if people could guess...


    : JustaDog said...

    Thanks Cat! I had to start easy since there are some that can't even grasp the obvious.

    Whymrhymer said...

    I think I got it! They all have the letter "L"!

    It's either that or that they all want us dead -- but that was too obvious to be right.

    The Rambling Taoist said...

    Wow! This is fun! Hey, here's my own list. See if you can figure out the pattern.

    White Aryan Resistance
    White Citizens' Council
    White League
    White Order of Thule
    White Patriot Party

    Kevin said...

    Hey Trey you forgot:

    The Chicago White Sox
    Great White Sharks
    White Bread
    White Cake

    Get over yourself.

    : JustaDog said...

    Oh trey, I thought I made it simple enough - guess one can never make something idiot-proof. There is no pattern that matches your list with the list in the post. Also, your list is not consistent with suicide (or not) bombers that have no problem killing innocent people. Your list does not include the type of people that would lure children with the intent to blow their little bodies to bits.

    If you need help with the concept of pattern matching please use a search engine (there are many) with your favorite browser.

    The Rambling Taoist said...

    My list is of white supremist organizations that seem to have no qualms with violence towards blacks, Jews or other minorities. I think illegal acts (such as murder, rape, church bombings and lynchings) against innocent people qualifies as terrorist activities.

    brett said...

    i have to side with trey on this - just labeling all of islam as extremist is downright wrong. i think it was timothy mcveigh, a devout CHRISTIAN, who blew up children and attacked a government building.

    i think it was Matt Hale, leader of the world church of the creator, another CHRISTIAN group that conspired to kill a federal judge and her family.

    hmmmm, seeing any similarities?

    : JustaDog said...

    While it is true there are bad individuals throughout the world even the evil (the properly executed) Timothy McVeigh was not doing what he did as part of any organized group. The list in the post all represent organized groups.

    And, NOWHERE in my post did I label "all of Islam" as extremist, so please don't put words where I did not.

    The purpose of the post was to identify patterns - and in both of your examples there is no pattern that matches the real and existing terrorist groups in the post. The two examples you mention are individual jerks and not organized hate groups that have blown up innocent people as all of those in the list have.

    So in answer to your question - No, there are no similarities. BTW - trey, being a socialist, would not have wanted McVeigh executed - I did.

    The Rambling Taoist said...

    BTW - trey, being a socialist, would not have wanted McVeigh executed - I did.

    Being a S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-T has nothing to do with this issue. I have several comrades who are big supporters of capital punishment. I'm against capital punishment because I'm a pacifist AND because I believe it's ethically wrong. Therefore, if you want to denigrate me, AT LEAST be accurate.

    : JustaDog said...

    Same as a wimp, coward, spineless, jello-brain, etc. You may provide whatever labels to truth that you want - the result is the same. You would rather a child molestor/killer get jail time than be executed. You'd rather murderers be given room and board and high-speed internet access, free medical care, free exercise facilities, etc. (what is in store for them in the American "prisons" - than execute them. Guess you would have prefered Hitler just be given community service huh? Well since you hate Jews and Judaism (per your site) that would probably be ok with you.