Here is a thought-provoking essay by David Swanson:
As with becoming a whistleblower or an activist or an artist there must be numerous reasons why any individual becomes a terrorist - whether military, contract, or independent. Various irrational hatreds and fears (and promises of paradise after death) and the ready availability of weaponry certainly play roles.
But did you know that every single foreign terrorist in the United States in recent decades, plus domestic terrorists claiming foreign motivations, plus numerous poor suckers set up and stung by the FBI, plus every foreign terrorist organization that has claimed or been blamed for attempted or successful anti-U.S. terrorism have all claimed the same motivation? I’m not aware of a single exception.
If one of them claimed to be motivated by the needs of Martians, we might set that aside as crazy. If every single one of them claimed to be acting on behalf of Martians, we would at least get curious about why they said that, even if we doubted Martians’ existence. But every single one of them says something much more believable. And yet what they say seems to be a secret despite being readily available information.
Typically, this information is reported toward the end of articles with unrelated headlines, such as the Washington Post‘s article on Wednesday headlined “Orlando shooter posted messages on Facebook pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS and vowing more attacks.” One has to read the article to discover why he would have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. Then one finds these quotations of what he wrote or said:
“America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state.”
“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes . . . now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
“Mateen claimed he carried out the attack because he wanted ‘Americans to stop bombing his country.’ While Mateen’s parents are from Afghanistan, he was born in the United States. Another witness said Wednesday that Mateen said, ‘America needs to stop bombing ISIS in Syria.'”
There’s a video on CNN of a survivor. The accompanying headline tells you nothing. But if you watch the video, you hear her say that she and other survivors listened to the killer call 911 and tell them that “the reason why he was doing this was he wants America to stop bombing his country.” She also says that he asked if there were any black people present, and then told them “I don’t have any problem with black people. This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.”
So this, like every other such act, was a deranged and indefensible commission of mass murder driven by resentment of U.S. bombing, and by some sort of belief in the larger cosmic justice to be found in killing the right type of people as revenge against that bombing. (Just as Americans defend bombing people in Afghanistan who’ve never even heard of the crimes of September 11, 2001, because of those crimes.)
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Not because they hate our freedoms? Say it ain't so !!!
I have no idea what actually motivates terrorists. I don't know any of them. But I do know that what Mr. Swanson is saying is nearly identical to what Dr. Ron Paul tried to tell us when he ran for President. No one listened to him, and I don't think Mr. Swanson's essay is going to make any difference, either.
And that is a shame.