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  •  Self preservation (0+ / 0-)

    is the most basic animal instinct.  In my humble "western" opinion, anyone who attacks in a way that is sure to cause the attacker's own death, is clearly suffering from a mental disorder.  The Kamakaze pilot or the suicide bomber is only "sane" in the context of there own culture.  The terrorist groups that weed out those with mental problems do so in the context of their own cultural persective.  We here at daily kos are members of a society that hold that suicide is a sign of mental illness.  So my comment stands.

    "Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodilla." E. Zapata

    by Mas Gaviota on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 04:25:25 PM PST

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    •  Again, I would disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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      Think of the servicemember who jumps on a hand-grenade or someone who gives his/her life for someone s/he loves.  It's an act of sacrifice.  In many cases with "real" terrorists versus the mentally ill, the ideal, the sense of camaraderie with others involved in the struggle (whatever it is), the love that they have for their cause is what motivates them.  

      I think that it is too easy, if not intellectually lazy, to label all terrorists--suicide bombers or not--as mentally ill.  If we do so, we can just say "well, they're crazy, therefore WE don't have to rethink what we do...we don't have to ask why they do what they do...they're just crazy..."

      People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby

      by dizzydean on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 05:25:18 PM PST

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