Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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ISIS will Mutate into Something Less Lethal but More Bothersome

Let’s first look at some similar processes.

Viruses that kill everyone immediately are eventually not very successful in spreading. Persevering longer are mutations that will let their victims live enough time to infect others first. The first ones were more lethal; the latter ones will do more damage in the longer run.

Also societies tend to work like that. Capitalism is so bad, it would soon run out of people willing to work under it. But then it modified by adding Democracy as a veneer. And when the People’s voice became too powerful, snacks and TV (bread and circuses) and lying to the public were added, and the whole thing is going like a bomb.

Racial eugenetics, Nazi Germany and WW II Japan were defeated, but all over the world we still find groups and individuals, who dream of regaining power and putting to practice hatred for people of certain lineages.

ISIS is so cruel and sadistic that in the beginning most people, including most Muslims, couldn’t believe it to be real. It was regarded by many an American hoax. What religious people could enjoy mass killings of innocents? Now we all know that reality is more brutal than fiction.

However, ISIS’ troops and leaders will all find their deaths soon. But what will happen to their ideals and the thousands they trained and morally broke through making them commit sadism, rape and murder?

These “ex-soldiers” will pipe-dream on and try “milder” versions that would look more decent and be more presentable. They will not disappear into thin air. No alliance of armies or world-wide incarceration can do away with all of them. Rather, their blood-thirsty ideas will plague us for a long time still.

Defeat of ISIS will not enable lifting airport safekeeping and all the other security measures that many countries are now learning from Israel. The surviving lower-rank fighters’ disappointment and humiliation of losing the illusion of an easy and quick path to please G-d, will spark in them more fanaticism and longing for the good olden days in which killing “infidels,” submitting women and murdering gays was normal and glorious, and Muslim domination of the world finally seemed within reach. Forewarned, forearmed.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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