Ryan Inzana Johnny Jihad

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Johnny Jihad

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John Sendel is a typical teenager. The kind that snap and would start shooting at their school. He is part of a generation reared by television in the nineties with absentee or loveless parents, cynical, and willing to wield the impetuousness of youth in a self-destructive manner. But Johnny stumbles onto fundamentalist Islam through his friend Salim, and finds a new outlet to channel his rebellious angst. He cannot but admire these people with an actual purpose in life and something to believe in. The facets of Johnny's humdrum existence in suburbia begin to fade, his life now has a purpose: jihad. However, the deeper he gets enmeshed, the more frightening the road becomes with no possibility of return. When the CIA gets hold of him, things take an ugly turn. Based on true facts of training camps run in the U.S. and inspired by the stories of John Walker Lindh and others...Chillingly real and hotly topical.

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Inspired by the experiences of John Walker Lindh and the Columbine shootings, this exploration of our culture's casual acceptance of violence and the emptiness of lower middle-class life concerns young martyr-in-training John Sendel. The story opens as he's about to die in an American bombing run in Afghanistan. A flashback to the early 1990s shows Sendel as an unhappy suburbanite with a nowhere job, an abusive, ex-military dad, and a remote, drug-dependent mom. He drifts through life until a colleague shows him the Koran and introduces him to an Islamic activist group. The group runs a terrorist training camp, providing a different kind of family for Sendel, and its anti-American teachings offer a purpose for his life and an easy explanation for his social desperation. Sendel sleepwalks through his Islamist indoctrination before agreeing to murder an American Imam. Once the police and CIA catch him, they offer Sendel a deal: go to Afghanistan and spy on the Taliban's activities. Inzana offers a moody tale of emotional emptiness and the perverse attractions of a pathologic cult-community as a basis for understanding Lindh's experiences. His b&w expressionist art appears to be done with scratchboard and is a striking vehicle for a story about individual self-invention that collapses into self-destruction. Although starkly engaging and powerful, Inzana's story is also melodramatic, clumsy and implausible, as he grasps for simple social or cultural reasons for Sendel's blindness to the logical and moral consequences of pernicious acts. Despite its flaws, however, Inzana has produced a bold fictional investigation into the roots of political fanaticism.
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