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Jonesing For Jihad: A Psychological Examination Of Islamic Terror


Although the culture of death’s addiction to “infidel” blood is spiritually rooted, here is a good, albeit brief, read that examines one psychologist’s own attempt to explain terrorism’s thirst …

Matthew 6:22-23, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Serial Killer: Normative Behavior In The Islamic World

Serial Killer: Normative Behavior In The Islamic World

By Daniel Greenfield, Frontpage Mag – “This is a somewhat interesting take on the psychology of Muslim terrorists. Some of this may deal more with suicide bombers than conventional fighters, since it takes place in Israel, but it may have wider applications.

For 20 years I studied and interviewed Islamist mujahedeen (jihad fighters) imprisoned in Israeli jails, examining their inner worlds and discovering the obsessive thoughts leading them to carry out terrorist attacks.

They were addicted to fantasizing about an alternative reality, describing their compulsions in metaphors similar to those used by obsessive gamblers and drug addicts. They likened them to “worms” (duda in Arabic) burrowing into their brains and driving them to seek not another game of cards or a fix, but dead Israelis, Americans, Europeans, or anyone else they considered infidels.

They did not try to resist their compulsions or consider that their actions might be wrong, because they felt completely controlled and manipulated by the concept of jihad, which dictated their behavior in every sphere of life.

Or as the Koran says, ‘Jihad is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not.’ (Koran 2:216)

There is no psychopathology among Muslim terrorists. That is, none of them can be diagnosed as having a recognizable mental illness, even those who attempted to carry out suicide bombing attacks. What remains to be examined is whether or not there is a collective pathology, and if it is a question of a society, many of whose members find it difficult to suppress violence and control their urges and anger.

The problem here lies in the limitations of language or rather modern ideas that treat horrifying behavior using the illness metaphor. Cultural pathologies that tap into the worst instincts of people are hardly unusual throughout history.

The terrorists I interviewed told me that waging jihad is, for the mujahed, the way to partake of Allah’s mercy for themselves and the members of their families, and to go directly to paradise without the Islamic “tortures of the grave” and without undergoing a painful examination by angels before they are allowed to enter.

In America, someone who killed people because of a pathological obsession with post-death tortures would be considered insane. In the Muslim world, he would be considered… Muslim.

And that is why language fails us. There are cultural differences here and we have dismissed too many of those differences as incomprehensible.

Jihad tourism is a subculture of fun and excitement, a festival of violence, similar to the Western criminal and gang subcultures. The jihadist lifestyle allows them to shake off the confines of the disintegrating patriarchal family. As opposed to ordinary criminals, whose social status is lowered when they are classified as felons, the Islamic terrorists feel they are performing good deeds for the sake of Allah, raising their status.

That’s the gang religion aspect that I wrote about earlier this week.

Islam may have become a religion, but it began as a code. Like the Pirate Code or the Thieves Law of Russia, it was a set of rules that allowed a select group of bandits to choose leaders, plan attacks and divide the loot.

The code invested their actions with meaning, it kept order in their ranks and allowed the members to believe that dying for the gang was more than a martial ethos, but also contained a spiritual element. Similar attempts to invest gang life with spirituality can be found in the tattoos, rap songs and graffiti memorials of every street gang in America.

Berko goes on to write…

I would like to propose calling murder for the sake of Allah “shahadamania,” which might make it easier for the West to understand and fight the syndrome. It refers to the obsession for istishhad [martyrdom for the sake of Allah] and includes feelings of transcendence and euphoria after killing the infidel

We would consider this kind of thing serial killer territory in America. What Berko is saying, in a way, is that serial killers are terrifyingly common in the Muslim world. So common that they can form the backbone of entire armies.” Source – Frontpage Mag.

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  1. Mike
    10/06/2013 at 11:49 PM

    A dangerous mix of the removal of shame (replaced by shameless, misled sense of honor) and demonic manipulation.At what point does the mental illness manifest? As early as when they say the shahada?

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  2. 10/07/2013 at 3:30 AM

    Interesting article…

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  3. 10/07/2013 at 12:29 PM

    Clearly the motivation as described in this article is demonic. Muslims I have spoken to are afraid of hell – one told me recently that even though he is a pious Muslim he will have to spend some time being punished in hell for his sins before Allah will allow him into paradise. The jihadi delusion is that they will escape hell through committing acts of murder and suicide. What they need to know is that these acts will certainly send them straight to hell with no way out. On the other hand if they could repent of their sins and put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour they will be saved from hell and have eternal life. Their corrupted book tells them Jesus is just a prophet and did not die on the cross so that condemns them to hell unless they can break free from the demonic religion of Islam.

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    • 10/07/2013 at 3:22 PM

      Whew! Lord Jesus! Such abominable intrenched diabolical deception! So interesting that some muslims actually believe they will be temporarily punished–as opposed to going directly to “muslim paradise”. That can only be the voice of the Lord within, warning them.

      I thought their corrupt “scriptures” guaranteed instant gratification with the 72 black-eyed whores–oops, “dark-eyed virgins”! What a travesty and a convoluted system of anti-values! It goes without saying, whenever the human mind substitutes Biblical truth and justice with ‘man-made’ mores and values, we inevitably end up with this kind of a monstrosity claiming to be God! Lord, open their blinded eyes!!!!!

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  4. Mike
    10/07/2013 at 12:32 PM

    This article may also be of interest to anyone desiring to better understand the jihadist psychology

    http://nocompulsion.com/muslims-and-westerners-the-psychological-differences/

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