I wanted to put this in GQ, but I know there will be strong feelings that would get this moved here. So, I put it here, but I really do want to know what their reasons are.
Not really the suicide part (that’s more of a ‘personal’ issue), but the targeting of civilians? I don’t know why, but I feel that it’s wrong to attack civilians/non-combatants and haven’t heard an understanble explanation why it could be acceptable in this situation.
The reason I’ve generally heard is that while it’s not normally ok, it’s understandable, because of the desperation of the situation. I guess there’re two things about this explanation I don’t understand.
- The Israeli occupation of the West Bank & Gaza is often compared to Nazi occupation, yet even in the darkest days of the Hollocaust with exploitation/rape/torture/slaughter/humiliation of millions of Jews, Jews did not target non-fighting German women, children, etc, because that would wrong. What makes the current situation more of a justification?
- What are they trying to accomplish. Do they specifically rejoice in the killing of civilians or do they feel they’re actually advancing their cause? Is it revenge against Jews/Israelis generally (like the attacks in France) or is it calculated to bring more self-determination to Palestinians?
Is there really religious justification? I can understand the idea of dying for your country/people/belief, but if I blew myself up in the market place in Kabul (even if it was before the US began the operation in Afganistan), (reasonable) Americans would not say I was a patriot dying for my country to stop terrorism, I would be terrorist fanatic who’d murdered civilians. Do the bombers believe Allah is made happy by these attacks?