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    Well, this is disturbing. The Chechen Islamist terrorists have taken up recruitment in the manner of Scientology.

    Russia's New Black Widows

    MOSCOW — On Monday afternoon, a young woman with a green headscarf walked onto a public bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, went to the back, and sat down on the seat beside the ticket-taker. Irina Kushnir, 31, who was riding to a doctor's appointment, could not help staring at the woman. "I noticed her immediately, right when I was paying my fare," she later told reporters in the hospital. "She had a lovely green scarf around her head. She was looking out the window, acting calm, not drawing any attention to herself."

    A moment later, the woman in the pretty green headscarf would fly into the air, leaving behind the bodies of six people and sending more than 30 to the hospital with ghastly wounds. The ticket-taker would end up in the emergency ward, while the suicide bomber, Naida Asiyalova, who was a few days from her 31st birthday, would die in the explosion.

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    What's unusual about this story is that it seems to lack the biographical component that people on suicide missions usually share: the motive of revenge. Its absence seems to indicate an emerging tendency in this type of terrorism, which can no longer be defined as an act of payback for the loss of one's home, property, or dignity; it is not a radical form of patriotism. From Asiyalova's case and others, it seems that suicide bombings have simply become the most convenient way to conduct a war by terror: one explosion, many victims, and lots of attention from the media. The bombers themselves are little more than instruments, chosen for their weakness, for the ease with which they can be manipulated.

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    Yusup told me how his Arab commander was able to prepare an entire brigade of troops who were not merely prepared for death but desired it. "Lots of different people came to this forest. Some were hyper, wanting to fight, to train, but there were always people who lacked a certain amount of attention at home, lacked love," Yusup said. "These were weak people, who just wanted to be respected and loved, and Khattab was a very good psychologist. He was able to spot such people and assign to them a particular instructor. The first thing that these people received upon entering the collective was love. They were called brothers and sisters, they were coddled, food was prepared for them, prayers were read with them, much time was spent in conversation with them. Then -- all of a sudden -- the instructor would begin asking, almost as a passing thought, whether there were strong brothers among them who would be willing to sacrifice themselves for Allah and for the sake of the common goal. And many among the weak wanted to become strong."
    And, just to make it worse, they are threatening to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics.
    Enjoy.

  • #2
    Not exactly surprising. They're just getting women to do it, whereas elsewhere in the world, jihadists get young men who otherwise have no particular motivation to engage in suicide attacks.

    You're definitely not going to see me rushing over there to see the winter Olympics. I've actually not had a single query about it, which is a little unusual. I usually have at least one or two people ask about going to the Olympics every two years.
    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
    No one will be denied:
    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
    Are rollin' in their graves
    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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    • #3
      Appealing to a person's need for acceptance is a quantum leap in sophistication, psychologically, compared to appealing to their political anger. And I imagine it widens the candidate pool considerably. And the security folks are going to have to expand their profiling.
      Enjoy.

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      • #4
        With all the problems there are in Russia, can we please never have the Olympics in Russia ever again?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lanie View Post
          With all the problems there are in Russia, can we please never have the Olympics in Russia ever again?
          In fairness, you (the Royal You) could say that about almost any country. We had Olympics in China just a few short years ago. Not long before that, in the US, during a time when we were having bigtime problems (seems some people had decided to fly some big airplanes into a bunch of buildings just a few months prior). London had a (relatively) minor Jihadist attack just a few months after the Olympics there

          The Olympics are supposed to be apolitical events. For the most part, they are. I would really, REALLY hate for them to get ruined over politics.
          Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
          No one will be denied:
          Big law suits and bathroom toots;
          We're all getting Dixie-fried.
          But somewhere Hank and Lefty
          Are rollin' in their graves
          While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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