[ExI] suicide killers
thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu Apr 10 19:10:43 UTC 2008
The common view on this list seems to be that such humans are fools
suckered by primitive religious conviction that they'll get lots of
sex after death (if they are not actually retarded or obedient
children). The evidence in this piece suggests otherwise:
one link therefrom:
A grab from the top link:
<Does Al-Qaeda conform to the myths?
Sageman's findings from biographical material from more than 400
al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists (Sageman, Marc Terror Networks
(Philadelphia, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).
* The vast majority of terrorists in the sample came from solid
middle class backgrounds, and its leadership came from the upper class.
* Only 13 percent of terrorists went to madrassahs, and this practice
was specific to Southeast Asia, where two school masters, Abdullah
Sungkar and Abu Bakar Baasyir, recruited their best students to form
the backbone of the Jamaah Islamiyah, the Indonesian al-Qaida
affiliate. This means that 87 percent of terrorists in the sample had
a secular education.
* The vast majority of al-Qaida terrorists in the sample came from
families with very moderate religious beliefs or a completely secular
outlook. Indeed, 84 percent were radicalized in the West, rather than
in their countries of origin. Most had come to the West to study, and
at the time they had no intention of ever becoming terrorists.
Another 8 percent consisted of Christian converts to Islam, who could
not have been brainwashed into violence by their culture. [[ha!]]
* About two-thirds of the sample had attended college, a sharp
contrast with the less than 10 percent of their original communities
who did so. Despite their education, they did not know much about
religion; however, many had studied engineering, which made them
doubly dangerous. Their relative lack of religious education made
them especially vulnerable to an extreme version of Islam, and they
had the skills to build bombs.
* Some argue that lack of sexual opportunity for young Muslim men
transforms their sexual frustration into suicide terrorism to reap
the rewards of heaven, especially access to the 72 virgins. In fact,
three-fourths of al-Qaida terrorists are married, and two-thirds of
them have children (and many children at that). This apparent paradox
is explained by the fact that they want many children to pursue the
jihad, while they sacrifice themselves for their cause and comrades.
* About 60 percent of al-Qaida terrorists in the sample have
professional or semi-professional occupations.
* There was a near total lack of mental disorders in the sample.
* Recruitment into al-Qaida was through friendship and kinship rather
than dedicated recruiters.>
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