March 20th, 2004


is an 1966 movie with Charlton Heston as a heroic British officer and Laurence Olivier as a fanatical Muslim leader who plans to conquer a whole series of Muslim countries.

It's based on a true story, as they say in Hollywood, but that can be a pretty thin basis at times. They told us that "Saving Private Ryan" was based on a true story, but all that stuff about risking 5 lives to save 1, that was added in. To say nothing of the fact that his name was not Ryan but Niland. Read about it here:

or here:

Anyway, back to Khartoum. The movie was timely in its portrayal of violently deluded Muslims following a false messiah. No. Wait. "Wrong religion. Not a false "messiah". A false "mahdi." A mahdi is like a divinely guided fighter who will unite all Muslims, at least according to this link:

Some of you may already be wondering whether some current-day Muslims believe that Osama bin Laden is the true mahdi. The answer, of course, is yes, and you can read about it here:

After watching Laurence Olivier's performance, I kept getting the feeling that nothing has changed, except for the fact that the modern day crazies have extended their reach to perform occasional acts of terror in the Western world.

Objectivism has an interesting theory about why such people are so hungry for a leader who claims to hear the voice of God. The reason is that these people cannot think clearly at all, but that they nonetheless crave certainty. So they are eager to accept a leader who claims to have a hotline to the deity.

Rhyme of the day:

If your thinking is shoddy
Just ask for a Mahdi.

2nd rhyme:

Lots of people talk to God,
But getting answers makes you odd.