TORONTO — Suicide bombers are rational, sane people whose choice to end their lives as they kill others is considered perfectly normal in societies they grow up in, the Globe and Mail reported yesterday from a southern Ontario religious conference. In a chilling analysis of what makes a terrorist, a U.S. psychiatrist who worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency said most extremists who use violence are not emotionally disturbed.
In fact, they would be expelled from their organizations if they appeared to be unbalanced, the Toronto Star said from Orillia, Ont.
“Most terrorists are quite normal. It’s hard to understand but quite true,” Jerrold Post said Friday….
He said “psychological warfare,” or education, is the most effective weapon against terror. Young people must learn the version of Islam in which they have been indoctrinated has nothing to do with mainstream Islam.
That might be the largest, but most important, challenge of all. I wonder if Post appreciates the fact that when imams are allegedly getting involved in terrorist activities from Albany to Thailand, and respected religious leaders are calling for suicide bombing, the “mainstream Islam” he envisions might not be as strong as he thinks.