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Originally posted by JacKatMtn
While I understand there are conspiracies about these groups, I would like to try and focus on the groups themselves (origin, practices, members etc.) and leave the conspiracies to other threads.
the main purpose of this thread is to try and identify HOW the Islamist Terrorists are able to maintain a cohesive group with little central control. How do they instill there beliefs so strongly in their members that even exposure in an open society, (like the US), does not result in the members leaving the group.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Terrorist cells offer a religious bent, offer thier members promises of great rewards in the after life, and eternal acknowledgement of such "martyrs". Terrorists become heros. They become different from even other Muslims or christians, whatever religion they follow, and become a clan of thier own within the larger clan.
There are striking parallels between cults and what we have discovered since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon about al-Qaida and the Taliban of Afghanistan. In both types of groups, the processes of recruitment, group dynamics, thought reform, and resulting personality changes are very similar.