Are terrorist suicide bombers fools? Are we fools?

In a previous post, referenced below, I stated that if Obama and Clinton do not want to identify the suicide terrorists with the religion of Islam, we should instead label terrorists as fools and relate them to their leaders. For example, ISIS Fools,  Boko Haram Fools, Obama Bin Laden Fools, etc.

Why? To answer, we need to understand a basic premise that there are two types of fools related to a folly.

When you use a calculator and try to add 0 plus 0, the answer on your screen will be zero. To me, this means in real life, two fools will never add up to wisdom to solve a problem. My point is that if the USA. after being involved in bombings in the Mid-East conflicts since President Reagan in 1983, and  having no solution on either side of the issues, perhaps we have to admit both the USA and the adversaries may be fools to some degree by lacking in wisdom to resolve the issues of conflict. If this point interests you, allow me to first begin by identifying fool types.

Fool Type 1  VICTIM

The first is a non-prudent person who has no fear that a fool will ever harm them, their family, friends, or community. These type of people are identified by different slang names by those who prey on them as their victims.  For example, criminals identify their victims with various slang words as marks, rubes, dopes, simpletons,, etc.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. (Proverb 22:3).

Fool Type 2  

The second is a person who knowingly and willfully plots to to rob, hurt, or harm their victim to serve their interests, desires, or motives, whether they are financial or ideological. Notice I do not title this type of fool because of various circumstance in life that bring about a person to become a fool.

For example, a criminal is fool because he willingly disobeys a law to hopefully obtain a  personal gain in his life, at least for a time until he is caught. In my opinion, a suicide bomber is a different type of a fool based on King Solomon’s writings. 

King Solomon

Solomon remains one of the most commemorated and popular holy figures in Islam. How would King Solomon judge an action of a suicide bomber? He  would definitely judge him or her to be  a fool based on these proverbs to describe wisdom, war, and death.


She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. (Proverbs 3:15-16)


A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:8)


This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.  Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

For the living know that they will die,

   but the dead know nothing;

they have no further reward,

   and even their name is forgotten.

 Their love, their hate

   and their jealousy have long since vanished;

never again will they have a part

   in anything that happens under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:3-6) 

Dogs vrs. Lions

In ancient times a dog was considered to be a despised low class pest animal. A lion was esteemed for his strength, bravery, fierceness in battle, such as a hero or wise leader you would want to emulate or follow.

While we honor heroes of war,  I believe it is fools who start all wars. The question then becomes is the  war they died in for a good or evil cause goes back to the what is perceived in the eyes of the beholders. I believe everyone will agree war is evil.  King Solomon stated both dead adversaries will die and be forgotten in time whether they were dogs or lions.


Many a brave hero died in battle because they followed a foolish leader. For example, Alfred Lloyd Tennyson wrote his well know poem about how five hundred soldiers rode bravely to their deaths in battle. Does this qualify the hero to be a fool or his leader?

Another aspect of wisdom of a foolish leader is this statement of King Solomon who may rush into war.  

Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;

whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. (Ecclesiastes 10:8)

Why be a Suicide Bomber?

We know a snake will bite when surprised or threatened. Do we know why a suicide bomber bites? My point is that we must know and identify who or what reason suicide bombers are fighting for in order to decide on a reason to sacrifice their lives for any cause, course or strategy.

Who and what is being said or done by terrorist leaders responsible for motivating a terrorist suicide bomber to lose all hope in living? Once we know the sources, we can then plan to cut off the head of the snake to eliminate the poison that is causing a person to lose all hope in living.

The question then becomes how or why does a person decide to become a terrorist suicide bomber?  Does it really depend on the old saying.” beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.,” or are other factors involved?

In the Next Post

I will explore what may motivate a suicide bomber.

Regards and good will blogging.

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