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Amanda Lindhout - Patron Saint of Stupid

September 9, 2013

modelal.jpg(left, Lindhout, deranged narcissist)

Amanda Lindhout is a victim of feminist propaganda
that diverted women from marriage and motherhood
by teaching them they can "do anything."

I suspect Amanda Lindhout unconsciously wanted to be taken hostage and abused. 

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

Amanda Lindhout was 27 in 2008 when she was taken hostage by Somalian mujaheddin and held for 15 months while her terrified mother back in Canada struggled to raise a large ransom. Before that happened, Amanda was starved, tortured and gang raped by her captors.

Amanda was a cocktail waitress in rural British Columbia when she decided to become a girl reporter and see the world.  Apart from a short stint as a freelancer for Iran's Press TV in Iraq, and an Internet story from Afghanistan, she hadn't accomplished much.

reprt.jpgNevertheless, she had the feminist superwoman complex. "I have the world in the palm of my hand," she wrote her journal. According to the NY Post, Amanda had no training and used "TV Reporting for Dummies" as her manual. She gave an interview in which she said every other journalist in Baghdad was too scared to leave the Green Zone. She called her fellow reporters -- "fancypants."

She convinces a boyfriend, Australian photographer Nigel Brennan to come along to Somalia. He was reluctant but "Amanda has enough confidence for them both."

No matter that there no longer were any international bases of operation in Somalia, or that few journalists ventured in. For Amanda, this was a plus: "The truth was, I was glad for the lack of competition."


What did Amanda Lindhout expect when she flew into Mogadishu August 21 2008 with Nigel Brennan?

pirates12.jpg1. The country is in a state of anarchy. The mujaheddin hijack oil tankers and freighters for ransom. How hard would it be to take her hostage?

2. She had already been kidnapped in Baghdad but she bought her freedom at an ATM.

3. Her seatmate on the plane into Mogadishu told her that her head was worth $500,000. She is in grave danger!

Did she take the next plane out? No, she sallied forth with the sense of entitlement and invincibility inculcated in young western women today.

Two days later, on August 23,
as they went to visit a refugee camp, she and Brennan were taken hostage by 20 armed men and imprisoned in a darkened room. The Daily Mail takes up the story:

alcapt.jpg"They are told that $3 million in ransom money is wanted for them both. The conditions quickly became brutal as they were beaten and starved and Lindhout gang-raped. ... One captor puts his assault rifle to her head and plays Russian roulette. They are constantly moved to different houses .. live in constant fear that they would be handed over to hardline rebels al Shabaab, which Washington claims are al Qaeda's proxy in Somalia. Lindhout develops a fungal infection on her face, her hair and toenails fall out while Brennan suffers dysentery.

After 100 nights, Lindhout is taken alone out into the desert. She is told to kneel and has her head snapped back with a yank of her hair, a knife pushed against her throat. She begs for her life and is given a cell phone to call her mother and plead for a million dollars or she would be killed.
 'I sobbed in the dirt, sounding like an animal, like something wounded and incapable of speech.' "

nigel.jpg(left. with Nigel. When a woman leads a man...)

One night, Nigel overhears Amanda on the phone, begging her mother to take the entire $500,000 that Nigel's family largely raised and use it to pay just for her. He is devastated. "I don't think I have ever felt so lonely and cheated in my life . . . I'm furious at myself for trusting her." The bank account for their ransom, it turns out, was held in Australia; her mother unable to access it. (They are no longer talking.)

The Australian and Canadian governments proved useless in securing their release. Their parents raised money by fund raising events and hired a private security company. Haggling went on for 15 months until they were finally liberated Nov. 25 2009 at a price of  $600,000.

-amanda-lorinda-02.blocks_desktop_tease.jpgLindhout had put her mother Lorinda through a living hell and transferred a small fortune from the families and sympathetic Westerners into the hands of Somali punks. Her mother had pleaded with her to avoid risks but she knew better of course. She was a beautiful young woman, and so the seas would part before her.

Oh yeah, and her father had left her mother for a man. That didn't help.


I suspect Amanda Lindhout unconsciously wanted to be taken hostage and abused. 

In The Psychology of Women: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation (1944), psychiatrist Helen Deutsch said female psychology is founded on "masochist-narcissist" syndrome.  They want to suffer (masochist) and be sanctified (narcissist) as reward for their self sacrifice. 

Normally women sacrifice for their husbands and children and are deservedly loved. But with feminism, women are deprived of this outlet and need other forms of masochism so they can be loved.

Women are part of a powerful reproductive cycle. When they don't have husbands and children, some become deranged.  Lindhout completed the masochist phase by being taken hostage. Now she is into the narcissist stage, seeking the love.

She has written a book, "A House in the Sky" (2013) and appeared on countless US talk shows. She has started the "Global Enrichment Foundation" to give educational opportunities to Somali and Kenyan women.

Some may become fearless reporters like their Patron Saint, Amanda Lindhout.


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Comments for "Amanda Lindhout - Patron Saint of Stupid "

Beverley said (November 12, 2013):

Wow, good thing your PhD isn’t in mental health or you would have a license revoked. You clearly know nothing about trauma. Aren’t all of the great trauma reporters and photographers the ones who dared go out into harm’s way, sometimes appearing foolish, but then getting the picture that stunned the world. If brazen reporters didn’t go out into dangerous places we would likely not hear about much of the horrific inhuman behavior that goes on in the world. None of us would criticize Anderson Cooper, or any of the long list of reporters and photographers who did daring, risky things. And you are capable of supposedly mind reading? To say that a woman wanted to get raped is more than trashy. No matter what someone’s motivation may be to go into a dangerous place, to label that specific person as “stupid” on a world-wide forum is stooping to an incredible low. If you have any university appointments I should think they would have the sense to fire you. I wonder if you are just jealous because you don’t have a dramatic story to tell.
Amanda was not eager to tell her story, and working with a co-author means that some of how the story is told is guided by the co-author for dramatic effect.

But no matter what her original motivation, she has turned the experience into something that is greatly benefiting many more people than I’m sure you will ever benefit.

Beverly Ann Dexter, PhD
CDR USN (ret)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Agnes said (September 15, 2013):

You article about Amanda Lindhout is ridiculous. You are a complete asshole. You probably would not have survived 10 days of what Amanda endured. Yes she made a stupid move, have you never done anything stupid in your life or were you perfect your whole existence? She was punished badly for her mistake and even after all that she still managed to forgive and go back to the country to help women. How dare you write such things about her. She took a risk which in the end cost her a lot but as a result she will also be very successful with her book and her foundation. She DESERVES all the success!

Roman said (September 11, 2013):

Women are ruled by the subconscious(satan/world system). They hate the authority and superiority of men. They hate and aggravate good men and service the worthless. Men are helpless and stupid because of their weakness for women.

David said (September 10, 2013):

An excellent article on deranged women.

Unfortunately, the full understanding of this lesson is one that comes to me too late in my life. I was always brought up to respect girls and put them on a pedestal, but it bewildered me why someone who showed respect and deference to them would wind up alone most of his life while they all flocked to foul-mouthed, vice-ridden characters who abused them, and someone like me was too boring.

These must be the same forces at work that compel western girls to run off to Africa or some other god-forsaken place "to save the children."

These same forces must be behind the currant teen culture that makes role models out of otherwise useless people and teaches girls that their only value to men is as sex toys.

No, girls cannot go everywhere and do everything with impunity. Remember the two English girls who had acid thrown at them a few weeks ago?

Sandeep said (September 10, 2013):

I liked your article on this female reporter. That masochistic behavior reminded me of my ex girlfriend except that in her case it wasn't so much asking to be sanctified for it, but rather wanting to be treated like trash with no reasonable outcome even though she received a lot of nice behavior from me then. I assumed after the relationship that it must have been some issue in her growing up, but maybe that is just part of female psychology when women become completely deranged.

Duane said (September 10, 2013):

You wrote an incredible commentary here....
One of your best observations thus far ....

What you observe here is the prevailing counter instinctive suicidal mindset (female and male) foisted on and now proudly embraced by modern young imbecile whites worldwide....

These modern day dodo birds really deserve to be destroyed into extinction...
(It's RARE when you notice these young white woman with white children anyway....)

Your link to the NY Post article is a must read to further grasp this story....

This shallow "unconscious desire" is played out (to a somewhat lesser degree) by the millions in every "minority" ghetto in the United States where "fearless" young imbecile whites have proudly flocked and are noticed parading around oblivious in the dark (frequently lone, beautiful, scantily clad blondes) with MP3 headphones in their ears...(Basically: COME GET ME!!!""....)

This ghetto living is such a rage that these white imbeciles routinely pay $2-3000.00 a month to partake in this cool phenomenon in parts of Brooklyn. NY (where I reside) in some of the worst ghetto slums in amerika ..

I completely agree with you that this pathetic imbecile got exactly what she wanted (probably CONSCIOUSLY wanted...)...

Notice that the pathetic white imbecile chose to sacrifice herself to the "negro" (scores of them) as penance for being a member of the EVIL White race....

The NY Post article also states this vicious imbecile attempted to backstab the white male imbecile by urging her mother to steal all the thus far collected ransom money (by his family)and use it to cover only her release...

(Well...The male dummy is White.... Who Cares?).
Notice when they escaped at that one point he REFUSED to defend himself (and the pathetic white slut) when handed an AK47.... (Dodo bird phenomenon....).

Did you also read SHE LATER RETURNED THERE!!!!... (Hoping for additional "penance").

You couldn't make this story up....It's borderline HILARIOUS!!!
A modern day comedy version of "Midnight Express"....

Doug P said (September 10, 2013):

I think you are being too hard on her. Think of the number of men who join the empires army for the same adventure and wind up tortured, psychologically damaged, or dead for a cause they have no way of truly understanding. Young people have been willing to go on adventures that they do not understand for centuries.

You cannot blame a soldiers stupidity on feminism. This is all just the stupidity of being young and being raised in an environment devoid of reason.

Doug S said (September 10, 2013):

Your assessment is spot on. God, western women are so head-fucked... look at the comments on this YouTube about her. Shes not fooling many people:

Tom said (September 10, 2013):

The Lindhout story Henry seems to be a blueprint of what happens when you let a stubborn, belligerent woman lead, and as a male you go along to get along so not to be accused of being a misogynist, 'chauvinist', anti-feminist or, worse still, a "conservative". This is how powerful liberal programming's castration by indoctrination!!

I recall early in my marriage being on a traveling holiday, on the east coast of Australia. My wife suggested we take a "scenic route" to the nations capital heading north from Melbourne. I was reluctant as it was getting late in the day and I had timed our ETA into Canberra accurately, had we taken the main highway but I didn't want to be "unadventurous", "controlling" or "boring".

Anyhow we ended up getting lost in a pine forest on a very narrow potholed goat track, in the dark, low on fuel and very hungry. I had to turn around, get back to the highway etc etc..the bewildered mechanic in the capital the next morning asked me "..what the hell did you do to the front end of this car?". Goes without saying, no more "scenic routes" for me!!

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at