Although it is the usual thing that we hear (and say) about terrorists and terrorism all the time – that it is mindless, that it achieves no purpose – I’m beginning to wonder about this, for the very first time.
I like to understand the rationale behind things. It’s important for me to know what drives people. I may not approve or admire, but I can usually get into most people’s heads and comprehend what it is that leads them to whatever paths they choose in life. It is this one particular establishment that continues to mystify me. The supply, the demand, the infrastructure and the driving force of the terrorism industry – I need to figure it out. Does it really serve no purpose at all? When I say purpose, I don’t mean some goal aimed at the greater good of the universe; but at least some gains, for the parties carrying out these grand activities are expected. Would such a large body of people spend so much time and energy, giving up lives (their own included) in the process if they did not foresee some serious achievable gains in sight? Or are they really as misguided as all these vociferous speakers would have me believe? So misguided that they would expend so much, motivated purely by the thoughts of undoing the wrongs done to their community/sect/religion? I find it difficult to believe that a group of people would have the vision to plan activities of such magnitude and the grit to carry them through – all the while do it without an agenda. Or worse, an agenda as elementary as a desire to spread fear and wreck revenge. That’s it? Spending so much money, dedicating whole lives – just to scare people? It has to be more than that.
I’m willing to concede that your regular militant may have been motivated by the thoughts of the rightful revenge. That, and the thoughts of the 72 virgins waiting in heaven. But the guys at the top must have more. Wreck revenge, terrify people and earn God’s love – all very fascinating I’m sure – but are they enough to make someone dedicate his whole life into planning and materializing grandiose modes of destruction? All the fundraising, all the technology shopping, all the human resource recruitment and the state of the art training – is meant to achieve….what, exactly? I plan to spend some serious time trying to find what it is that drives so many people to such single minded devotion.