[lit-ideas] Re: Ideology vs Experience

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 23:14:37 -0400

Andy: We took a relative handful of jihadists and turned them into a worldwide movement...

So only a handful of people wanted to blow themselves up in the name of Allah before the US responded to 9/11 -- and now many more people want to blow themselves up in the name of Allah?

These guys mostly die, you know. Their survival rate is very low indeed. Their motives could be:

1) They are mentally ill. Only a mentally ill person would willingly commit suicide in such a way as to kill a bunch of others.

2) They are slaves to a violent religious ideology that glorifies suicide.

or, your choice,

3) They didn't want to die and had no violent tendencies at all until the US invaded Iraq. But they just couldn't get over that invasion ... and they all changed.

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