posted on Feb, 8 2010 @ 06:55 AM
It's a very interesting question you pose here (S+F) and one that addresses as many possibilities as there are human motivations.
I'm unfortunately not able to offer an answer, just glib generalisations and some speculation and I'm sitting both sides of the fence here (maybe).
Actually, no I'm not, both "sides" are more than likely true.
As a case, Muslim suicide bombers may well just be that - those that believe in their cause strongly enough to offer their own lives to further an
agenda they believe in. It might be difficult for the average Westerner to comprehend giving up their own life for a "god", but look at how others
live, lives can be the focus of a religious existence, a strong belief that the human incarnation is only a stage before attaining heaven and the
grace of a god. That can be a fiercely strong motivation, especially if you live a hard life, if you see family and friends dying and suffering,
MAYBE with the perception that an infidel is the root cause of this suffering.
Conversely, the Muslim bogeyman is a stunning means of control, socially and politically - it's easy to reel off a list of security measures that
have been introduced since 9/11, that are keeping us safer (just a little less free) in the name of freedom and security. Do we know our governments
have acted against us (ever), illegally-internationally (ever), performed clandestine operations to "Ensure (inter)National Security" (ever)?
Personally, I think it's both, the whirlwind will reap.