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Wednesday, 13 July 2005
Topic: Terrorism
We now know who some of the suicide bombers were. Young men who should have had a long life before them - sons, brothers and one also a husband and a father. We cannot begin to imagine what convinces a seemingly normal young man to blow himself up and, in so doing, also destroy those unfortunate enough to be around him regardless of their race or their religion. What hatred had they absorbed and from whom? There must be some 'master-mind' behind all this, some evil coward who would never forfeit his own life but who is so misdirected and consumed by evil that he will twist the minds of impressionable young men and brainwash them into such a pointless waste of life.

And what else have these young men done? They have destroyed their families for sure. My heart goes out to the anguished mother who reported her son missing. To learn that your child is dead is a terrible shock in itself but to learn that your child was actually one of the perpetrators of such evil destruction must be an unbearable sorrow and an everlasting shame. These young men were not martyrs because their cause was twisted and evil but in a sense they were victims too. Their families most certainly are.

We cannot condone their crime against the British people but we can and should show compassion to the families they left behind.

Posted by Noviomagus at 18:06 BST Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink

Thursday, 14 July 2005 - 14:09 BST

Name: Joanna

I saw a documentary re. suicide bombers which showed that families of suicide bombers get a big payout from some terrorist organization. Also, the families do know in advance and do encourage this behavior as it supposedly ushers the bomber directly into a paradise of 72 virgins per bomber and a bunch of other benefits. What was not shown was an interview with the bombers' mothers and wives. Maybe the men in their families believe that brother did a good thing, but you have to wonder if the women feel that way, too. To have your son/husband splatter himself all over the landscape and kill a lot of other people in the process, this would have to harrow a woman's feelings.

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