“Some people just want to see the world burn”

Summary:  This is the first post in a series.  The next is 4GW in India – more people who want to watch the world burn. It’s not about India, or specific religions.  This is the dark side of humanity, a battle that has to be fought each generation.  Sometimes the battle goes poorly, as these killers find homes in both sides of the many non-trinitarian (or 4th generation wars) that rage across the globe.

World burning


Many people who have neither traveled through the third world nor read Martin van Creveld’s new book, Culture of War, did not take this seriously:

“He can’t be bought, bullied or negotiated with… some people just want to see the world burn.”
—   Alfred (Michael Caine) speaking of the Joker, in The Dark Knight (2008)

What would they make of this insight in the CIA? Perhaps their reaction would be like that of critic James Bowman:

Are there such men? Conceivably. But history affords no example of them, outside of comic books and the movies, attaining the sort of power it would take actually to burn the world, or even any very significant part of it.

Reality seems to provide a natural check upon such people in the form of a shortage of those who both (a) share their psychosis and (b) are willing to play the part of humble assistant — rather than starring as the evil genius themselves — in accomplishing their purposes. This problem for the would-be evil geniuses — a reassurance to the rest of us — is what creates the distinctive unreality of Mr Nolan’s movie.

How wonderful it would be to live in Mr. Bowman’s world.  A world in which there would be no people like Babu Bajrangi, who says in this interview published on 3 November 2007 in the Indian newspaper Tehelka (Wikipedia entry).  These people flourish in our world, finding homes in all sides of all 4GW conflicts.  These are our enemies.  The practitioners of real-politics who ally with them betray our civilisation and do us no good.

Not so, as we see in the thread and on sites like Bill Quick — who just require that kills have a good excuse. See the update at the end of this post.

Back to the interview:

Bajrangi: My role was as follows: I was the first to start the [Naroda] Patiya operation… We and the local residents were all together. Patiya is just half a kilometre away from my home… I had gone to Godhra when it happened… I could not bear what I saw… The next day, we gave them a fitting reply…

TEHELKA: What were you unable to tolerate in Godhra?

Bajrangi: Any person who saw the Godhra kaand [massacre] would have felt like just killing them at once, hacking them apart… that’s how it was…

TEHELKA: You were there?

Bajrangi: Yes, yes, I was with them… So the Godhra kaand happened and after what I saw, I just came back to Naroda and we took revenge. … We and the Chharas carried out the Patiya massacre… After that, we all went to jail… People gave us a lot of money after we were jailed.

… TEHELKA: The day the Muslims were killed…

Bajrangi: I spoke to Jaideepbhai 11 or 12 times… aur humne tabiyat se kaata… Haldighati bana di thi [and we killed at will, turned the place into Haldighati]… And I am proud of it, if I get another chance, I will kill even more.

TEHELKA: Where was Jaideepbhai camping then?

Bajrangi: Jaideepbhai was sitting at Dhanwantri, which is Pravinbhai’s dispensary, he was there… in Bapunagar… There he was and I didn’t even tell him that we were going to do this… In Naroda and Naroda Patiya, we didn’t spare a single Muslim shop, we set everything on fire, we set them on fire and killed them… That’s what we did… Up till then, they didn’t know what was happening; when they got to hear of how many had been killed, they got scared • • • There is a distance of about half a kilometre between Naroda [Patiya] and Naroda Gaon… We did a lot at both places… must have butchered not less than… Then we dumped the corpses into a well…

TEHELKA: Tell us how it was all done… revolvers… cylinders…

Bajrangi: The cylinders were theirs [the Muslims’]… Whichever house we entered, we just grabbed the cylinder and fired at it, and, dhadak, they exploded… We had guns in any case… I can’t tell you what a good time it was… But four of our activists died in it… No hearing took place even in that…

TEHELKA: Did you climb to the top of a masjid and tie a pig there?

Bajrangi:We rammed an entire tanker into it… the tanker was fully laden… We rammed that tanker inside…

TEHELKA: It was a petrol tanker, no?

Bajrangi: It was diesel… We drove a whole diesel tanker in and then set [the mosque] on fire…

TEHELKA: Meaning, it was the tanker explosion which set Patiya on fire?

Bajrangi: In the masjid…

TEHELKA: In the masjid…

Bajrangi: As for the rest of it, I was in charge at the time… Whatever I wanted to do, I did…

TEHELKA: At the pit, was oil… Those people had gathered there…

Bajrangi: It was a huge pit… You could enter it from one side but you couldn’t climb out at the other end… They were all there together… They started clinging to each other… Even while they were dying, they told each other, you die too, what are you going to be saved for, you die too… so the number of deaths increased.

TEHELKA: Then people poured oil in…

Bajrangi: Oil and burning tyres…

TEHELKA: Where did the oil come from?

Bajrangi: Oh that… We had lots of material with us… we filled lots of jerrycans in advance… From the petrol pump, the night before… Petrol pump owners gave us petrol and diesel for free…

• • • TEHELKA: Muslims were hacked to pieces…

Bajrangi: Hacked, burnt, set on fire, many things were done… many… We believe in setting them on fire because these bastards say they don’t want to be cremated, they’re afraid of it, they say this and that will happen to them… I have just one wish… one last wish…. Let me be sentenced to death… I don’t want to be incarcerated… I don’t care if I’m hanged… Give me two days before my hanging and I will go and have a field day in Juhapura [a Muslim dominated are], where seven or eight lakh of these people stay… I will finish them off … Let a few more of them die… At least 25-50,000 should die…

TEHELKA: How many witnesses have testified against you?

Bajrangi: Fourteen Muslims and 16 policemen… Out of the 14 Muslims, some have moved to Juhapura… They’ve left Patiya, they don’t have the guts to stay there, defying us… The rest have gone to Karnataka… They got money after all, Rs 7 lakheach… Narendrabhai never said how much they would be given… He announced [the compensation package] then gave out cheques of Rs 20,000 each and that’s where things got stuck… Afterwards, he gave nothing to anyone… But then the Central government supported them…

• • • TEHELKA: In other words, the way [you] have killed will go down in history.

Bajrangi: Arrey hamari FIR me likha gaya hai… ek woh pregnant thi, usko to humne chir diya thha b*******d sala… Unko dikhaya ki kya hota hai… ki hum log ko tumne maara to hum tumko kya pratikaar de sakte hain… hum khichdi kadhi wale nahin hai [It has been written in my FIR… there was this pregnant woman, I slit her open, sisterf****r… Showed them what’s what… what kind of revenge we can take if our people are killed… I am no feeble rice-eater]… didn’t spare anyone… they shouldn’t even be allowed to breed… I say that even today… Whoever they are, women, children, whoever… Nothing to be done with them but cut them down. Thrash them, slash them, burn the bastards… Hindus can be bad… Hindus can be bad, and I’m saying that because, as I see it, Hindus are as wicked as those people are… Many of them wasted time looting… Arrey, [the idea is] don’t keep them alive at all, after that everything is ours…

TEHELKA: And some people also raped…

Bajrangi: No, there were no rapes…

TEHELKA: One or two Chharas may have…

Bajrangi: If some Chharas took some women, that’s a different matter… We were marching in groups… There was no place to rape anyone there… Everyone was on a killing spree… we were killing, hacking… There were lanes where we had to face Muslims… there would be a confrontation, they’d fight back with all their strength…The moment we’d killed a few, we’d move on… In this melée, if some girl was trying to run away and if a Chhara caught her, then that’s another matter… That day, it was like what happened between Pakistan and India… There were bodies everywhere… it was a sight to be seen, but it wasn’t something to be filmed, in case it got into someone’s hands… There was a video-wala there, some mediawala, we set him on fire too… Lots of those miyas [Muslims] deceived us… They’d chant Jai Mata Di and get away… that happened too… they’d put tilaks on their foreheads and shout Jai Shri Ram, Jai Mata Di….

…  Today too I am fighting against Muslims and will continue to do so… I have nothing to do with politics… What I say is this: the VHP is an organisation… a Hindu organisation… Our politics should be limited to killing Muslims, beating them up…

TEHELKA: How do you feel after you have killed Muslims…

Bajrangi: Maza aata hai na, saheb [I enjoy it]… I came back after I killed them them, called up the home minister and went to sleep… I felt like Rana Pratap, that I had done something like Maharana Pratap… I’d heard stories about him, but that day I did what he did myself.


Many people forgive these killers if they have a good excuse.  For example Bill Quick at the Daily Pundit says {change notice:  Quick says that the original excerpt did not fairly represent his comments; so I have changed this to show his entire entry}:

Since the specific example chosen is a retaliatory massacre of Muslims, I’d agree this wouldn’t be my first choice for nihilistic evil, either.

In fact, I think it is quite wrong-headed. As reported, it’s not even a good example of what Fabius thinks he is talking about. His example of “Joker-style” evil says (in repeated variations):

Bajrangi: My role was as follows: I was the first to start the [Naroda] Patiya operation… We and the local residents were all together. Patiya is just half a kilometre away from my home… I had gone to Godhra when it happened… I could not bear what I saw… The next day, we gave them a fitting reply…

TEHELKA: What were you unable to tolerate in Godhra?

Bajrangi: Any person who saw the Godhra kaand [massacre] would have felt like just killing them at once, hacking them apart… that’s how it was…

In other words, the villain of Fabus’ piece makes it clear the massacre he led was in response to a previous massacre committed on his people by Muslims.

Fabius seems most upset by the savagery of the response, and the lack of contrition on the part of the leader of the respondees. But that is not Joker-style “let the world burn” evil. That is human-style “let the enemy burn for what he has done to us.” And that response is what such savagery as practiced by Islamofascist terror eventually pushes even highly civilized peoples to do.

If your god tells you that you must slaughter innocents, don’t be surprised if the god of the innocents tells them they must reply in kind. Or, less irrationally, a millennia-deep form of common sense – kill them lest they kill us again.

I think Fabius, normally a perspicacious observer of the world, is confused here.

Well I guess the killing was OK then, since it was in response to a previous massacre!  I thought it was just soft-headed liberals who excused crimes on the basis of such things.  Perhaps Quick will write a similar note about “human-style desire to have nice things” when his house is burgled, or “human-style desire to spread his genes” when his daughter is raped.

M Simon says something similar in comment #41:

The Islamics did unspeakable things to India. I suppose that could all be left in the past if the Islamics gave up the sword. So far no sign of that. Before forgiveness must come repentance.

So massacre follows massacre, each justified by the previous round.  I have a different theory about these things:

  • These “killers for the sake of killing” are with us always.
  • They join causes that give them the opportunity to kill.
  • They are the enemies of civilization, no matter under what flag they.

The enthusiasm with which their killing is greeted — as seen on this thread and in Quick’s comment — shows that they need not worry about their welcome in the 21st century.

Warm up your pens to excuse the next tide of bodies washing up on the headlines!  So long as we forgive these killers, they will always find a new “reason” to kill.

Bill Quick responds:

My goodness, these pompous puffheads scream when you poke them, don’t they? And then, as such folks often do, resort to mischaracterizations and outright lies.

A repeat, for those keeping score: Fabius wrote a post that purported to talk about Joker-style “let the world burn” nihilistic violence – in other words, violence for the sake of violence. If he had any other meaning, it certainly wasn’t obvious to any fair-minded reader, or so it seems to me.

Then, as an example of such nihilistic violence, he coughs up a bloody massacre that occurred in response to another bloody massacre. This is hardly “nihilistic” violence, or violence simply for the sake of violence. This is violence with a cause and an intended effect.

And when I point this out – in tone that are for me quite muted and reasonable – Fabius responds by claiming that I excuse the second massacre, that I think it was “okay.” No, but I do understand why it happened, and that as an example of Joker-style, let the world burn, nihilistic violence, it was a real flub.

And despite Fabius’ even more wrong-headed response to me, it still is.

Note: I have changed the “update” above to show his entire entry. My apologies to him, as I thought my original excerpt gave a fair summary of his post.

For more information

To read other articles about these things, see the FM reference page on the right side menu bar.  Of esp interest these days:

Some posts on the FM site about India and Pakistan:

  1. Is Pakistan’s Musharraf like the Shah of Iran? (if so, bad news for us), 8 November 2007
  2. Terrorism in India, a roster of incidents, 16 May 2008
  3. NPR tells us more about America’s newest war, in Pakistan, 14 September 2008
  4. Pakistan warns America about their borders, and their sovereignty, 14 September 2008
  5. Weekend reading about … foreign affairs, 19 October 2008
  6. To good a story to die: eliminate legitimate grievances to eliminate terrorism, 9 December 2008
  7. About the 4GW between India and Pakistan, 6 January 2009


Some People Just Want to Watch the World Burn
By yupso, posted at DeviantArt



95 thoughts on ““Some people just want to see the world burn”

  1. ||It’s all still there, a part of both of our essential natures. It’s our religious practices, our social norms and our willingness to punish that which makes our lives more chaotic that sets us apart from the cannibals.||

    |So you are telling us that, without some powerful entity telling you what to do — that is, left to your own devices — you will become a cannibal? To you, and everyone else espousing such vile, anti-moral ideas, there is only one proper response: speak for yourself, buster.

    This “we are all cannibals” idea is an age-old religious/conservative falsehood (the “Original sin” premise), and as I wrote above, has historically served not as a constraint upon the wolves, but instead serves to disarm the masses, sheepifying them in the face of those who seeks to rule and/or eat them — the nihilists. That is a key aspect of feudal European culture, which sustained it and made it as brutal as it was. after all, if we are all such depraved creatures by nature, on what moral grounds should we rise and defend ourselves against God’s minions?|

    Batman fails because he cannot re-define his own structure of morals and lets the Joker manipulate him into playing a game that is not true to the purpose of his original moral structure. If there is a God, perhaps we are able to become better, stronger people because of him.

    To think that we already are is to abandon the struggle, also sanity.

  2. @80 It was not so much the printing press, as it was the reformation and it’s focus on the new testament that brought about the change you speak of. Both in the bible and the quran you can cherry-pick verses to support both mercy and bloody death to your enemy or non-believers. Islam is no more a genocidal religion than christianity is, what differs is the reading done by certain sectarian clergies – on both sides. The mukkahs just get more attention in the media than genocidal firebrand preachers in the christian world do. Let me back this claim up by the following quote from Andrew Exum’s book ‘This Man’s Army: A Soldier’s Story from the Front Lines of the War on Terrorism (2004)’:

    ” Once my men were a few meters away, he asked if he could have a word or two with me alone. I said sure and walked over to another tent. He followed and then nervously asked if I was the lieutenant who had killed a man the day before. I told him I was. He then launched into some nonsensical stuff about how the Ten Commandments don’t actually mean “Thou Shalt Not Kill” but rather “Thou Shalt Not Murder.” He then took things a step further and assured me that God had wanted me to kill that man.

    By this point I had stopped listening. The chaplain, for all his good intentions, was seriously undermining my faith in God, which I had previously thought to be unflappable. Hearing that man say that Jesus wanted me to be in Afghanistan ending the lives of fellow humans was too much for my faith to handle at the time. I preferred to think that what I was doing was outside of God’s will, and rather one of life’s ugly realities.” http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0704/exum3.html taken from this interview http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0704/exuminterview.html (some of you might know Andrew Exum as Abu Muqawama of the blog of the same name)

    So the focus should be winning the precious hearts and minds – but this has never been succesfully done at swordpoint.

  3. He then launched into some nonsensical stuff about how the Ten Commandments don’t actually mean “Thou Shalt Not Kill” but rather “Thou Shalt Not Murder.”

    Rune – truth is out of style, eh? Pity this Lt. is so confused. Hard to understand what led him to join the Army, though. Yes indeed the original Hebrew (as written by God, not Jesus, maybe there lies his confusion) is “thou shalt not murder.”

    It also says in the Talmud that if someone is coming to kill you, rise and kill them first.

    People as ill-informed as this Exum should stick to their MOS and follow orders rather than play theologist.

    74: OldSkeptic, I never enjoyed my killing even when necessary. Perhaps you should get some help. Or as said before, realize that you are speaking for yourself.

    FM, what is it that you think you are accomplishing here?

    “It’s worth a look as an example of what passes as thinking among some Americans. This mish-mash of facts and delusions — coupled with deranged certainty and fondness for violence — makes such people dangerous to any society.”

    Good thing nobody but Americans fot your description. Whew, imagine if Europeans or Asians or Africans were this messed up! We’d have world wars and genocides and all sort of terrible things!
    Who the hell do you think you are?

  4. “Plus, let us not forget Asimov’s great saying ” violence is the last resort of the incompetent”. And he didn’t mean that it was the first resort of the competent (duh).”

    Funny, H. Beam Piper, another SF author, indeed believed and wrote that the incompetent waited to use force until it was too late. Gee, opinions differ, imagine that!

  5. FM note: being a softie, I will not delete this stuff. However, the topic of the site is geopolitics. Take discussions of religion to the site of your church or local drinking symposium. All future comments about religion will be deleted, gone without any sign they ever existed.

    @uncultured: ‘truth is out of style, eh?’

    You should know best, being a proponent of this, eh? I guess you read your bible in hebrew, eh? Isn’t that a bit wrong? Shouldn’t you read it in aramaic? No wait, my bad, you of course read your bible in enochian, how foolish of me.

    ‘Yes indeed the original Hebrew (as written by God, not Jesus, maybe there lies his confusion)’

    Oh, so this GOD person wrote the old testament and JESUS wrote the new. Strange, here I thought that both were part of the same, you know, the holy trinity? Well, that’s a lie, actually I know that the new testament was compiled in 325 CE at the Council of Nicea and the old testament and for the torah?

    ‘”This is the Torah which Moses placed before the people of Israel. These are the testimonies, the laws and the judgments which Moses spoke to the children of Israel when they went out from Egypt” (Deuteronomy 4:43-44). When the Torah speaks of Torah, it is fairly clear that the word means “instruction” and does not refer to the specific book of the Torah as we have it. Nevertheless, under the influence of statements like this one from Deuteronomy, Jews throughout the generations have treated the book of the Torah, as a whole, as the revelation of God to Moses on Mount Sinai, delivered to the people of Israel. Yet, even in ancient times, Jews expressed opinions that parts of the Torah may have been revealed at different times.’ http://www.myjewishlearning.com/texts/bible/What_is_the_Torah/Torah_authorship920.htm

    Now, even believeing that these texts are revelations form this god-fella, needs one base criteria, that you believe in ghouls and goblins and the tooth-fairy. This god-fella ranks there with Santa Claus and the easter bunny.

    When will you present us with a salient argument? Please disprove to me that one can cherry-pick either the bible or the quran to support whatever one wants it to support. Both works are full of contradictions.

    Oh, hang on, you can’t because you actually proved my point by this gem: ‘It also says in the Talmud that if someone is coming to kill you, rise and kill them first.’

  6. People as ill-informed as this nekulturny should stick to their MOS and follow orders rather than play theologist. But wait, maybe he is following orders in playing theologist.

    Ad hominem? I think not.

  7. Not sure where all this God stuff came from. Me, I put my cards on the table I am a true blue (Ozzie term) athiest, always have been. I don’t think we need “someone from above” to tell us what to do, we can do it ourself.

    The Enlightenment (I use the capital letter deliberately as a point of emphasis) developed Ethics (ditto). As way for us to logically create a set of rules that are (1) in all our best interests (2) that we can realistically adhere to.

    We are all individually flawed, but if we all try to stick to those rules then we can have some sort of reasonable society and hence we all benefit. And it is based totally on self interest. Therefore .. I do not want to be tortured, especially if on the say so of some swine who tells ‘porky pies’ because they can get some money, or they want me out of the way because they fancy my wife, etc. Therefore I am for good justice rules and I am against torture.

    I am against bombing innocent people, because I don’t want to be bombed. I don’t want some idiot politician to have me killed because I say something that he doesn’t agree with, therefore I want tight limits on politicians powers and full disclosure.

    And so on. Pretty simple hey?

    All good ethics, and therefore the rules of justice and societal interaction we create and enforce, should be built on these, frankly, totally self interested principles .. you know, like the US constitution (which just about everyone in the world admires .. and gets sad when US people subvert or ignore it).

  8. @FM

    I apologize for going on about religion at such length, though it was relevant to my point, being that islam is inherently neither better nor worse than christianity. It takes peoples readings of both to start a crusade or a jihad.

    My aim was also to show that nekulturny did exactly what I wrote about in #82, ie. interpret holy scripture to support his own personal jihad. This phenomenon is unfortunately very relevant to geopolitics and has been since antiquity.
    Fabius Maximus replies: No apology needed. I just wanted to bring the disucssion back on track.

  9. @FM

    Speaking of dangerous, your naivete is frightening and most certainly the kind of “thinking” that got a nihilist put in the White House. Dismissing the fact that violence and theocratic domination are intrinsic to Islam, is what passes for cognitive thought on the Left. You need to be more concerned with those who want to impose a Caliphate on western civilization, than what it takes to stop them.

    By the way, now that North Korea is rattling its saber, Iran is blowing up, our national security is being eviscerated, we’ll have a $9 trillion (projected) deficit, and Obama is taking over private industries, how’s that “change working out for you?

    You know what’s really dangerous, Fabius? People like you have the same mindset as Janet Napolitano, the assclown in charge of the DHS. I’m an Iraq War/Army veteran, outspoken Obama critic, anti-illegal alien, and I’m a gun owner. Therefore, I’m a “security threat” to the socialist regime in D.C.

    Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who shot two Soldiers outside an Arkansas recruiting station in the name of “allah” isn’t deemed as much of a threat as the nut who shot Dr. George Tiller. Well, you lefties do have your priorites.

    Some people just want to see the world burn…especially Islamofascist apologists.
    Fabius Maximus replies: I love these bulletins from the Gamma Quadrent. These rants are entertaining, but just bizarro assertions. Why do you bother, without providing any evidence?

    (1) “Nihilist in the White House” — that’s really rich. Could you explain that? You know, like with evidence and all? It seems odd, since Obama’s policies about war and the economy are almost identical to those of Bush Jr.

    (2) Do you have any evidence that there are a significant number of folks who are really trying to “impose a Caliphate on the West.” There are weird folks everywhere, but why should we lose sleep over them?

    (3) Is “Iran blowing up”? We’ve had similar events in the US during our history, but they are not listed as “America blowing up.” See here for a few examples. And if these are serious developments, are they beneficial or inimical to us? It’s not clear to all of us in the cheap seats that regime change in Iran would be a bad thing, esp by people upset about fixed elections.

    (4) “People like you have the same mindset as Janet Napolitano” … especially Islamofascist apologists.”

    And your evidence for this is what? This statement is nuts, IMO.

  10. “Some people just want to see the world burn”
    I see that this comment section has just wonderfully proven the point Fabius Maximus was trying to make.

    Assalamu alaikum warochmatullohi wabarokatuh
    May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon ALL of you =)

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