Jihad mass murderer Merah said that he "loved death more than they loved life." This is a commonplace idea among jihadists. Zawahiri's wife advised Muslim women: "I advise you to raise your children in the cult of jihad and martyrdom and to instil in them a love for religion and death." And as one jihadist put it, "We love death. You love your life!" And another: "The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death." -- Afghan jihadist Maulana Inyadullah
Of course, this idea comes from the Qur'an itself: "Say (O Muhammad): O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from (all) mankind, then long for death if ye are truthful." -- Qur'an 62:6
"'You're up against a man who's not afraid of death': Outrage as chilling words of Toulouse terrorist Mohamed Merah are broadcast on French television," from the Daily Mail, July 9 (thanks to David):
Toulouse terrorist Mohamed Merah told police he would keep on killing and that he 'loved death more than they loved life' as he was hiding under siege in his flat, it has emerged.
Taped exchanges between the Al Qaeda-inspired gunman and police reveal he also said he had not planned on being caught and 'was ready for all of the tactics negotiators would try'.
The chilling words, recorded during a 32-hour stand-off at his apartment after he killed seven people, were broadcast on French national television station TF1 yesterday.
Their airing has sparked outrage from relatives of the victims, and an investigation into how the audio was obtained has also now been launched.
In the clips, the 23-year-old can be heard defying the police and declaring he was not afraid to die. Merah eventually died in a shootout as police tried to storm his apartment.
He said: 'I know that there's a chance you could kill me, that's a risk I'm taking. So there we are, know that you are up against a man who is not afraid of death.'
After his first two attacks on March 11 and March 15 left three French uniformed soldiers dead, Mohamed Merah shot and killed Rabbi Jonathan Sandler.
He also gunned down his two young sons Gavriel and Aryeh, and another young girl, Miriam Monsonego, outside the Ozar Hatorah school on March 19.
He also told negotiators he wanted to carry out more attacks on sites he happened upon, as he did the Jewish school. He said: 'I would leave everything to chance and proceed without any preparation.'
And he revealed his 'goal in these attacks was to kill soldiers engaged in Afghanistan, and all manner of their allies, be it the police, gendarmerie, everything.'
Of the school shooting, he said: 'I took the scooter and I went just like that, it was not premeditated. At the end of the day it was my intention, but the morning when I woke up it was not my objective.'...
Merah filmed his killings and in March the pan-Arab television channel al-Jazeera received a copy on a USB memory key at its Paris bureau....
Received by what means?