Let's see. Obviously there is a lot of financial gain for mother's letting their sons detonate themselves. Their families get a lot in return.
I don't agree with some of the stuff, especially the theory of the pent-up libido which is relieved through suicide. A lot of these guys get intoxicated before they blow themselves up—it's in the news. Because no one with a sound mind could do such atrocities. Always, as in the past, when people had to kill others, and they weren't used to it, they'd drink alcohol or use some illicit drug to numb themselves, then kill. (By the way, a lot of these jihadis in the days prior to setting themselves aflame are given their intoxicating drinks and service quite a few virgins...)
Also, women are so devalued in the culture that a good number of the men don't have any problems raping women (men are usually not punished for fornication/adultry, whereas if the women do these things, they are usually set aflame by their own brothers—hence "honor killings"). (I heard some extreme cases, such as among the lower class in Iran, that the mothers sometimes even encourage their sons to rape women because "they deserve it." That is how bad it is, the women themselves believe that they are not anything compared to men.) There was a news story a few months ago where these thugs kidnapped a women, violated her, then gave her back to her family...and guess what this Muslim family did when they gave her back? They "honor killed" her. Not exactly my idea of a non-dysfunctional family, desensitized by certain violent ideologies...
I agree with one of the causes being ignorant women, more specifically ignorant mothers. Any group who suppresses their women are really suppressing themselves. Their mothers can't teach them anything, so their sons grow up, turning to their Mullahs—and are trained to kill... helpless victims.
I share your disgust, Richard. Besides, since when did His Holiness Muhammad order His followers to kill women and children? If anyone was killed, it was the men—not helpless women and children. And now what? They've turned on themselves! They're blowing themselves up! Now there's religious togetherness for you, when you most need it. At least we don't have to worry one iota about Islam succeeding with their "jihad"; they're too busy icing themselves.
So if God was behind their "jihad," then they'd have succeeded by now, at least to a large extent. But they aren't, and if anything, it seems like God has unleashed His jihad upon Islam, as it can plainly be seen that they are destroying themselves and causing the whole world start to turn against them. They can cut a few heads off and film it on a cheap 8 mm (the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey, anyone?), but I guess they forget that they are not going to scare a nation who has a few nice atomic bombs in store, and who could easily make 300,000+ martyrs in a matter of seconds if it wanted to. "Jihad" only worked when everyone had swords and when the great number of Muslims were united. Too bad for them, they are no where near united and now swords have been updated to warheads, which are pointing at them.
Richard wrote:Indeed, this just came to my attention within the last hour and I must think that, anyone who does not see it as a problem, is in some way a part of the problem. And can anyone tell me this is not an awesome and pathetic world problem??? I hope so, but I think not.
And to add to that, it is truly disturbing that the Muslims who aren't terrorists aren't distancing themselves from the terrorists. No significant minority of Muslims whatsoever are protesting and getting violent over the matter, like they did with the Muhammad caricatures. Well, as the old adage goes, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the jihad.
Take care Richard, and praise God that He has given you more insight than most.