Define and Dehumanize the Enemy: Jihadists as Nithings or Nidings
by Bill Levinson
It is an ancient principle of magic (which modern people recognize as stories that reflect a society’s culture and psychology) that knowledge of a person’s real or True Name delivers power over that person. What it really means is that, if you know the person’s psychology, you can gain an advantage over him. It is also well known that the side that controls the language of an argument controls the argument. As an example, Hamas terrorists and their enablers refer to Israel’s military as an “occupation force” and terrorisitic violence against civilians as “resistance.”
We have long sought a single word that strips the enemy of all humanity, and reduces him to something less than an animal that is worthy of nothing less than extermination. As far as we know, the English language contains no such word, although “dreck” (garbage or refuse) comes close. “Homo sapiens by BIRTH, subhuman by CHOICE” describes Islamic supremacists perfectly, but it is a phrase and not a word. We now propose to refer to Islamic supremacists as nithings or nidings: a Scandinavian word that strips its object of all humanity. Webster’s dictionary (1913) defines it as “A coward; a dastard; — a term of utmost opprobrium.”
We remind readers who object to the dehumanization of Islamic supremacists that those enemies are already attempting to dehumanize Jews, and to a lesser degree Christians, with images that could have come directly from Adolf Hitler. As they have chosen to sow the dragon’s teeth, our position is that they must now reap their rightful harvest: the complete hatred and loathing of all civilized human beings.
Nithing or niding was more than a common insult, because Scandinavian culture required its subject to fight a duel with the accuser or become an outlaw: totally devoid of rights, honor, and even recognition as a human being. Per the Wikipedia entry,
- The actual meaning of the adjective argr or ragr [= Anglo-Saxon earg] was the nature or appearance of effeminacy, especially by obscene acts. Argr was the worst, most derogatory swearword of all known to the Norse language. According to Icelandic law, the accused was expected to kill the accuser at once. …If the accused did not retort by violent attack yielding either the accuser to take his words back or the accuser’s death, he was hence proven to be a weak and cowardly nithing by not retorting accordingly.
A nithing was devoid of all human rights, and he was considered the enemy of civilized humanity: a perfect depiction of Islamic supremacists. The word therefore strips the enemy of all humanity, and degrades him to the status of a wolf or strangler (per Scandinavian tradition) or a virulent disease like the Black Plague. Black Plague is a deadly and contagious disease whose vector consists of plague-carrying rats, while the Green Plague of militant “Islam” is a deadly and contagious ideology that is spread by bipedal rats: nidings or nithings, non-humans that raise violent hands to all of civilized Humanity.
The immediate consequence of being proven a nithing was outlawing. The outlawed did not have any rights, he was exlex (Latin for “outside of the legal system”), in Anglo-Saxon utlah, Middle Low German uutlagh, Old Norse utlagr. Just as feud yielded enmity among kinships, outlawry yielded enmity of all humanity. …”Yet that is but one aspect of outlawry. The outlaw is not only expelled from the kinship, he is also regarded henceforth as an enemy to mankind.”
The actual definition of a nithing is somewhat more involved and complex, and it gets into sexual perversions and zoomorphical transformations (Loki’s transformation of himself into a mare to have sexual intercourse with a stallion, and thus beget Odin’s horse Sleipner is probably an example), but the following line is pertinent: “The nithing used its malicious seid magic to destroy anything owned and made by man, ultimately the human race and Midgard itself, due to its basically unlimited envy, hate, and malice that were nith.”
“Destruction of everything owned and made by Man” (the Palestinians’ destruction of the greenhouses in Gaza comes to mind immediately) and “unlimited envy, hate, and malice” describe militant “Islam” perfectly, and further underscore the application of nithing or niding to describe it. The propensity for mindless destruction also appears in Orson Scott Card’s Alvin Maker series, in which a supernatural enemy is known as the Unmaker: a personification of evil that is the total antithesis of God the Creator.
- The Unmaker is the main antagonist in Orson Scott Card’s alternate history/fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. Never directly confronted, it is a supernatural force that breaks apart matter and aims to destroy and consume everything and everyone. …To make something is to oppose the Unmaker, but a point often made is that this is futile. By natural law the Unmaker can tear down faster than any man can build.
This also is an outstanding definition of militant “Islam” or Islamic supremacy: an ideology that seeks to destroy everything into which it comes in contact, and with which no reason, negotiation, or compromise is possible.
In summary, a nithing or niding is the enemy of Civilization, a subhuman (through its behavioral choices, and emphatically NOT due to its racial or ethnic origin) monster with total hatred and malice toward all human industry and arts, and worthy of nothing but extermination like any virulent disease. This is the word we will now apply to Islamic supremacists and their enablers, and we encourage others to do likewise.