Who or what would motivate a suicide bomber?

In the previous post, I stated King Solomon would consider a suicide bomber to be a fool and why. In this post I will explore who or what reasons would motivate someone to kill themselves for a cause, leader, or ideology.

Religious Motivation

In King Solomon’s time, belief in a heavenly reward was different than the later time periods of Christianity and Islam.  I referenced a previous post below, of what was believed at that time about afterlife.

Most conventional religions today seem to believe there is an existence of good and evil in the world. If there is a religious reason to motivate a person to kill themselves for a religious reason, I believe it would be related to a perceived evil.  

We need to know what or who is the evil that a religious leader would profess to validate a person to give up all hope in life for a heavenly reward.  In other words, any plan by a war leader to motivate a suicide bomber should logically include a religious leader to support the leader’s cause . What is the religious doctrine to explain the perceived evil of why the suicide bomber will obtain a heavenly reward?

Political Motivation

If the motivation is from a political leader, we need to know who or what the political good is they are striving to obtain. Likewise, what is the political evil they perceive they are willing to die to end?  

Personal Revenge Motivation

War increases the number of enemies for both adversaries.  Every person who dies in a war leaves a lifetime enemy behind whether a family, friend, or community. In ancient times, it was common for warring parties to kill both the father and the sons to prevent the possibility of later revenge against them. For example, the ancient Israelite vrs the Amalekite who I referred to in a previous post referenced below.

In other words, if we plan for a war, there needs to be a plan for appeasement and final resolution for both parties or the issues will perpetrate for lifetimes. When a father figure dies in a war, not every country has means or willingness of  support for the family left behind. The result is greater diminished hope for the family survival and future.

Other Motivations?

Are there other motivations in addition to the above three? For example, psychological issues? Then again, are monetary rewards being promised to suicide bombers families?  Are brainwashing and propaganda techniques being used to convince a suicide bombers? If so, what is being said or done in response that are we doing to counteract the propaganda? Are the bombers being drugged or drug addicts?

Are we Wise or Fools?

Are we wise or fools for electing fools to be our leaders who have the power to make decisions as our representative to send our sons and daughters to fight a war in a foreign country without a stated purpose, long term strategy, or adequate means to win a war?

I bring up this question now, not as hindsight, but as a concern for what is being said by the Presidential Candidates for the next 2016 election. Frankly, what is being said worries me. It sounds like the same strategy, retaliation, bombing, boots on the ground, all which has been used to no avail in the past three decades.

King Solomon wrote this proverb about a person repeating the same folly.

As a dog returns to his vomit so does a fool return to his vomit. ( Proverb 26:11)

Plans and Strategies

What knowledgeable plans and strategies are wise guidance to deter suicide bombers>. King Solomon stated this.

The wise prevail through great power,

   and those who have knowledge muster their strength.

 Surely you need guidance to wage war,

   and victory is won through many advisers. (Proverbs 24:5-6)

Are our Presidential advisers wise or fools?

Human Limitations

King Solomon also stated this about limits of human capabilities to solve all problems that occur in life.

Consider what God has done:

Who can straighten

   what he has made crooked? (Ecclesiastes 7:13)

King Solomon believed no one can solve every problem in life without the consent of God. I doubt our Creator is pleased when we war and kill each other, or destroy what He created on earth.

In my opinion I find it hard to believe He would not consent to any plan or strategy to solve our human problems that make use of the  two greatest blessings God gave us, love and wisdom.  

In the Next Post,

I will address what is known from various articles written by persons who have studied and interviewed people who were trained to become a suicide bomber.   

Regards and good will blogging.

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