Three Isil fighters pose in Ramadi the Iraqi army 'abandoned' the city Photo: Twitter
Ronald Tiersky, RealClearWorld: ISIS's Deadliest Weapon Is the Idea of Heaven
Islamic State’s taunt that “we love death more than you love life” was always a threat as well as a fact. This expressed love of death was incomprehensible to people raised to believe that self-preservation is at the core of human nature. In extremis, soldiers might die to protect their comrades and parents would sacrifice their own lives to save their children. But they did not love death, let alone long for it.
A love of death meant ISIS was implacable. There was no possible negotiation, and no deterring suicide bombers or terrorist attacks in which militants knew they would die. In fact, getting themselves killed was part of their motive. It didn’t make sense.
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WNU Editor: Could not have said it any better.