July 30, 2016
The Ultimate Selfish Act…

…may be suicide bombing. Obvious once you think about it, which I hadn’t. From The Intercept:

Only the few Syrians who appear in the film speak at length about their grievances over the crimes of the Syrian government. In contrast, the foreign volunteers appear largely driven by personal motivations. Liberating the local people from oppression appears at best a secondary concern. Perishing in the conflict and reaping the existential rewards of such an end takes precedence. Both Abu Qaswara and Abu Basir gave up comfortable lives to come to Syria, knowing that certain death would be the outcome of that decision. But rather than deterring them, the prospect of a rewarding death was a primary factor motivating their decision to fight.

This impulse toward self-destruction is actually seen as selfish by some fellow insurgents. In his co-authored 2014 memoir The Arabs at War in Afghanistan, Mustafa Hamid, a former high-ranking Egyptian volunteer with the Afghan mujahideen in the 1980s, described his own frustration with many of the later waves of volunteers arriving to that conflict. “One of the negatives that emerged from the jihad, and which continues to have severe consequences today, was the tendency for the youth to focus not on success and achieving victory and liberating Afghanistan, but on their desire for martyrdom and to enter paradise,” Hamid wrote. This overriding preoccupation with becoming a martyr meant that participation in the conflict, “became individual instead of for the benefit of the group or the country where the fight for liberation is taking place.”


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 30, 2016 02:26 PM
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Remind me of today's GOP/Republican Party!

They've wrapped themselves in an Orange suicide vest and the vest is pulling the strings!

Posted by: Gerald Parks on July 30, 2016 6:08 PM

It's interesting what people believe...
I hope they had their potato.

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on August 1, 2016 12:04 AM
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