I need to preface this post with a cautionary statement. I’m not a particularly bloodthirsty guy, and right now I cannot agree with the very suggestion I am about to make. But the idea has occurred to me, and I wonder what many of you think. I’ll give the best argument I can give, but my heart really isn’t in this.
I’m having a little difficulty offering decent citations, but the news of the past two weeks has named two primary motivations behind suicidal terrorists of the Islamic fundamentalist stripe:
The Koran promises that “a martyr’s privileges are guaranteed by Allah.” –cite In other words, suicidal terrorists are promised an afterlife of luxury and ease.
The families of suicidal terrorists are well-kept after the incident. –cite
I’m not qualified to speak of the first motivator, so I’ll keep reasonably quiet about that.
That second citation is worth quoting more fully: “Recruits are reassured by their organisation that their families will be looked after materially until they die, and there are charitable organisations that exist for this purpose.”
So, one answer to the question “who benefits from the actions of suicidal terrorists?” is, the families of the terrorists themselves.
I argue that the families of terrorists are not, therefore, innocent bystanders. Instead, they are benefitting materially from the actions of these suicidal terrorists. I also argue that the impetus to set one’s family up financially could be a very, very powerful motivator, particularly among impoverished youths.
So I’ve got a hammer in my hand, and this problem is starting to look a whole lot like a nail.
Kill them. Kill the families of terrorists.
The families of suicidal terrorists are not innocent. If they accept financial aid, they are in fact participants in terrorism, complicit after the fact. They are part and parcel of the terrorist mechanism, and they are an integral part of that machinery.
There is, of course, an alternative, which would be to simply harass the families of terrorists–knock their houses over and the like, but we’ve seen the sort of public outcry that results from such actions. Instead, why not go all the way, and identify these people for what they are–guilty participants in a form of warfare that targets innocents.
Why not treat them as such? Kill them, imprison them, or force them into hiding, hunted and living in fear and poverty. It would turn a motivator into a barrier, and I believe it would severely reduce the number of recruits to terrorist organizations.
What do you think? Should I start taking my lithium again, or do I have a point, here?