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  •  The key factor is that terrorists want to be (0+ / 0-)

    important.  Everybody wants to be important because humans are a social species and social importance is a critical part of human life.  A few get this natural tendency warped to the point where social importance, even for being a monster, ranks above life itself.  I think most terrorists have similar motivations to the mass killers of Columbine and Newtown.  They just have a different political or religious context that they use to rationalize their acts and increase their feelings of doing something important.

    Modern weaponry gives them a chance to be more deadly, getting a bigger reaction.  But it's the media that is the real target for these guys.  If no one reported their crimes, they probably would not bother, since their distorted sense of being important would not be fed.  I do not know how to solve this problem, but just because a problem does not have a good solution does not make it any less real.  

    "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell

    by Thutmose V on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:38:47 PM PDT

    •  I think some of them also want to feel (0+ / 0-)

      that they've given their lives for a good cause. Just because their cause seems insane to us doesn't mean it looks that way from their point of view. Just this morning I read reports in the media that Tsarnaev's mother said in a text message in 2011 that she was glad her son was "finally ready to die for Allah." I don't know whether that's what got the Russian authorities to send urgent messages to the FBI and the CIA, but in any case it fits with the idea that some of these people may be motivated by the desire to give their lives (and the lives of others) for something greater than themselves.

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      by Noisy Democrat on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:10:51 AM PDT

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      •  Slight correction (0+ / 0-)

        Tamerlan texted his mother that he was finally ready to die for Allah. She has made other comments indicating that she's proud of her son.

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        by Noisy Democrat on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:15:12 AM PDT

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