DECONSTRUCTING THE SUICIDE BOMBER
This past Thanksgiving, I had the privilege of sharing company with a former Iraqi citizen who has since become a naturalized citizen of the United States. He is an American patriot, deeply saddened by the feeble extent of the U.S. response to terrorism. He is intimately familiar with radical Islam, having lived for decades in Iraq outside the green zone in an area occupied by radical Islamists. He explained to me what he believes necessary for America to win the war on terror. He called for a change in mind set and strategy.
He explained that the leadership of ISIS and al-Qaeda have none of the suicidal proclivities they wish to inspire in their adherents. Rather, as he sees it, they engineer a society in which suicide bombing is understood to be martyrdom and those who commit those acts glorified beings. The pictures of those “martyrs” circulate in the madrasas and students are led to believe that these people are divine heroes in the struggle to rid the holy lands of infidels and establish a global caliphate. This is a very old phenomenon that fits in neatly within the concept of Jihad.
He explained that it is a common practice for ISIS and al-Qaeda leaders to induce families, particularly those in dire poverty, to offer up a son or daughter to be a martyr for Islam, paying those families to obtain conscripts for their suicide army. Aware that their families will now be cared for financially, young men and women coming from poverty are willing to trade their lives for the welfare of their families and for service to the radical Islamic cause. Groomed to view their self-destruction as divine, they proceed to this end confident that doing so will improve the lives of their siblings and parents and will achieve for them celestial glory.
He also explained that the families of terrorists are ordinarily full participants in the acts of terror. Rather than victims or people oblivious to the radical turn of a relative, the families of suicide bombers are ordinarily proponents of the acts who sacrifice their own children in exchange for money and support from the terrorist organization. The direct response to this complicity is to regard those who finance and support acts of terror as terrorists themselves deserving of destruction, something Western powers appear not willing to do.
I was led to believe by my Iraqi friend that deconstruction of suicide bombing depends on three things: a change in Western view of the families of terrorists to view them as complicit with the terrorists and at war with the West; the assurance that those who conspire to achieve terror, including the families of suicide bombers, will be destroyed by Western powers; and the assurance that the time between the act of terror and the strike against those family members will be short. “The humanity of Westerners causes them to reject the notion that radical Islamists are willing to sacrifice their own children,” he said. “Their sense of justice makes them focus attention on the terrorists themselves and on the terrorist organizations without realizing that the families of the terrorists and those who provide financial support for terror are equally culpable.” He explained that we will only prevail against terror if we are willing to understand that the enemy includes the families of the terrorists and those who provide aid and comfort to them, not just the terrorists and the terrorist organizations.
He said that ISIS and al-Qaeda depend upon a U.S. dedicated to achieving “justice,” to treating terrorists as domestic felons, rather than waging all-out war against terror. Aware that we do not yet truly conceive of the fight against terror as total war rather than a policing operation, the leaders of terrorist organizations expect us to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate, rather than annihilate, those who provide aid and comfort. Unless we change to an all-out war footing, in which we seek out and destroy those who provide financing, aid, and comfort to terrorists, including their family members, he expects us to experience ever more frequent terrorist events and no end in our “war” on terror.
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This past Thanksgiving, I had the privilege of sharing company with a former Iraqi citizen who has since become a naturalized citizen of the United States. He is an American patriot, deeply saddened by the feeble extent of the U.S. response to terrorism.