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Yesterday I saw this documentary on Dutch television
which was about the motives that propelled suicide commando's
to sacrifice their lives. The documentary featured interviews
with some `lucky' survivors of a failed suicide mission.
As Dawkins anticipated in the here much discussed article
it was all about religion indeed.
The promise made to potential suicide bombers by religious
authorities were: Not only the successful bomber goes straight
to paradise/heaven but his entire family and friends can cosily
come along! Also the ideal age of the ideally single
terrorists is between 18 and 24. Needless to say, this
`attractive' promise was not taken lightly by potential
candidates/martyrs; males in the mentioned age category actually
lined up (!!) to surrender their lives by becoming living bombs
and thus acquiring a place in paradise for themselves and their
relatives and fiends. It is very alarming to know that the
people rounding up suicide commando's actually had to invoke
selection procedures to filter out the most able candidates!
Ain't that sweet a heaven filling itself up with suicide bombers!
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