Sunday, June 26, 2005

"I Am A Terrorist"
Inside The Mind Of A Suicide Bomber

In a interview with a Jihadist named Marwan Abu Ubeida, Time takes us inside the mind of a suicide bomber:

... he spends much of his time rehearsing that last prayer. "First I will ask Allah to bless my mission with a high rate of casualties among the Americans," he says, speaking softly in a matter-of-fact monotone, as if dictating a shopping list. "Then I will ask him to purify my soul so I am fit to see him ...

"I can't wait," he says, rubbing his thumbs with his fingers in nervous energy. "I am ready to die now."

"The jihadis are more religious people," he says. "You ask them anything—anything—and they can instantly quote a relevant section from the Koran." Like them, Marwan works Koranic allusions into his speech. He has also embraced the jihadist worldview of one global Islamic state where there is, in Marwan's words, "no alcohol, no music and no Western influences."

Marwan says would-be "martyrs" may use their waiting time to take care of business—paying off debts, resolving family matters, saying farewells. Some destroy any photographs of themselves; extremist Islamists regard pictures as a sign of vanity and therefore taboo.
Others compile lists of the 70 people Islamic tradition says a "martyr" can guarantee a place in paradise. "I haven't got my 70 names yet—I don't think I know that many people," Marwan says, allowing himself a rare smile.

Some dig graves for themselves and leave instructions on the way they should be buried—generally with simple headstones. Marwan says he won't need a grave: "If I am lucky, my body will be vaporized. There won't be anything left of me to bury."

Marwan seems certain he is on a "pure" path. Unlike many other insurgents, who reject the terrorist label and call themselves freedom fighters or holy warriors, Marwan embraces it. "Yes, I am a terrorist," he says. "Write that down: I admit I am a terrorist. [The Koran] says it is the duty of Muslims to bring terror to the enemy, so being a terrorist makes me a good Muslim."

He quotes lines from the surah known as Al-Anfal, or the Spoils of War: "Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy."

They keep trying to tell us they hate us because of who we are, and we keep trying to believe we can do something to appease them.

They keep trying to tell us that the Koran tells them they should kill us, and we keep saying it has nothing to do with Islam.

We keep calling them "insurgents" and they keep telling us they love death and want to kill as many of us as they possibly can.

You gotta love your enemies when they tell the truth. But it doesn't help if we won't listen. There is none so deaf as he who will not hear.