Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Mind of a Terrorist.

Today's news is saddening, not shocking. Islamofacist terrorists strapping bombs on their bodies and venturing into public spaces are insane. As a Muslim, I offer the following window into their madness:

Often, these people are born into extreme poverty. Their families are often poorly educated. Years of violence have left their families feeling bitter and hopeless. They are taught at an early age that the United States is the direct cause of their suffering.

These children read the Koran for hours a day, neglecting their studies in history, literature, mathematics and science. On a personal level, the men that teach them are strangely compassionate towards them. Ironically, they teach these children that their ultimate goal in life is to die for Islam. Doing so will grant them immediate entrance into heaven. They focus on short passages in the Koran, taken out of context, that justify their actions.

Indeed, they are brainwashed. They are given no direct justification for why the US is responsible for generational suffering. They are simply told and they accept. Caught, are they, in a vise-like grip of conformity.

Within their lands, these children have few educated role models. Influential, moderate and educated Muslims are often placed on hit lists and murdered by those that propagate Islamofacist doctrine. That's not to say that there are no educated terrorists. To the contrary, the leaders of such factions are highly educated people. They plan and recruit. They never don plastic explosives. They'll leave that task to their cannon fodder students.

As this generation ages, these children experience further indignities at the hands of the governments they live in. Again, they will claim that the United States is to blame for their government's corrupt and heartless actions.
As men, they have been thoroughly "cleansed" of any notion of sympathy for innocent life. If they kill an innocent person, they're doing them a "favor." Clearly, the gates of heaven will be opened for an innocent person killed during a jihad, they reason.

Terrorists believe that once they have committed suicide, their families will become respected members of their communities. They will become heroes and live in paradise.

It is all rather mindless. They have lost all concept of what it is to be a Muslim. As they detonate their explosives, they are murdering not only men, women and children. They are murdering their own faith. How sad.


Blogger Fred said...

Thanks for the insightful comments. Also today, the Egyptian ambassador to Iraq has been assassinated.

All in the name if Islam. I don't get it. I just don't get it.

For those wanting to listen to it from a local perspective, the BBC streams Radio 5 Live; I've had it on for a few hours now.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mentally Challenged said...

It's very sad indeed. Muslims
in principle experience what
Christians experience:
a mindless minority within the
group that is so filled with hate
they are not satisfied unless they
are killing people. The result is
that unfortunately the larger
group gets smeared with the same
brush that the killers rightfully
get smeared with.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Soviets fell because no one believed in it anymore. The leaders will die, it will take time. Good always beats out evil. Truth always beats falasy.

Thanks for the insight.


3:35 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I'm very happy to catch a glimpse into that mindset, Vavoom. It helps clarify some things for me. Amazing how using propaganda on the young has helped so many radical agendas over time.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great summary of the background. Keep doing what you are doing Vavoom.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Your post helps me to see this from another perspective.

The question I have is how can we change this? No matter how we try to "help" we are seen as the bad guys. It seems just going in and wiping out their training camps helps to promote their cause and recruit new people. How do you combat years and years of hatred?

11:29 PM  
Blogger mis_nomer said...

Very sad. Thanks for writing this.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Teri: I wish I knew. Sigh...

3:13 AM  
Anonymous little john said...

Nice post V. But, I have to disagree with the poverty and ignorance comments. I think, especially in Europe, that there are many radicalized Muslims who have college degrees and come from families that are not considered poor in their own country.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Matty D said...

It's generally accepted that those who join al Qaeda and such are not born of extreme poverty; rather the average member is roughly 30 years old, college educated, and middle class.

We actually did this profile in a class I took entitled Security, Conflict, Violence, and War. What is more driving are the works of radical clerics such as Sayyid Qutb.

The TA for the course had read one of Qutb's works and said that Qutb DEFINITELY gets Western society, but concludes that everything about the West is wrong, and if they do not convert to Islam, and live under strict sharia, then they should be sent to Allah for their judgment.

I could paraphrase some of his arguments, but it would take much too long for a blog response, unfortunately.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

I have read Qutab's work. It's not worth commenting on.

I beg to differ about the profile of the average al Qaeda operative. The younger generation of operatives are those from strict military backgrounds and have been radicalized in madrassas. Try not to confuse the most wanted list with operatives. There is a difference. I've accounted for the most wanted as leaders/teachers.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

I agree with you about Pakistani, Palestinian and Afghan low-level operatives. But, would you agree that citizens of the Gulf states (including Iran), their governments being awash in petrodollars for forty years, have been able to provide an education and a decent (subsidized) living for their subjects/citizens?

10:58 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

lj: As a result of greed, common people in such countries see little of those dollars. Yet I must agree that many leaders have arisen from such countries. Ponder that, I will.

11:07 PM  

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