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Isaac-Saxxon 10-20-2006 08:17 AM

Warped thinking of Islam
Interview with Pierre Rehov, documentary filmmaker, on psychology behind suicide bombings
On July 15, I appeared on MSNBC's "Connected" program to discuss the 7/7 London attacks (you can see video of the segment on the linked page). One of my fellow guests was Pierre Rehov, a French filmmaker who has filmed six documentaries on the intifada by going undercover in the Palestinian areas. Pierre's upcoming film, "Suicide Killers," is based on interviews that he conducted with the families of suicide bombers and would-be bombers in an attempt to find out why they do it. Pierre agreed to my request for a Q&A interview here about his work on the new film. Many thanks to Dean Draznin and Arlyn Riskind for helping to arrange this special interview.

What inspired you to produce “Suicide Killers,” your seventh film?

I started working with victims of suicide attacks to make a film on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) when I became fascinated with the personalities of those who had committed those crimes, as they were described again and again by their victims. Especially the fact that suicide bombers are all smiling one second before they blow themselves up.

Why is this film especially important?

People don't understand the devastating culture behind this unbelievable phenomenon. My film is not politically correct because it addresses the real problem—showing the real face of Islam. It points the finger against a culture of hatred in which the uneducated are brainwashed to a level where their only solution in life becomes to kill themselves and kill others in the name of a God whose word, as transmitted by other men, has became their only certitude.

What insights did you gain from making this film? What do you know that other experts do not know?

I came to the conclusion that we are facing a neurosis at the level of an entire civilization. Most neuroses have in common a dramatic event, generally linked to an unacceptable sexual behavior. In this case, we are talking of kids living all their lives in pure frustration, with no opportunity to experience sex, love, tenderness or even understanding from the opposite sex. The separation between men and women in Islam is absolute. So is contempt toward women, who are totally dominated by men. This leads to a situation of pure anxiety, in which normal behavior is not possible. It is no coincidence that suicide killers are mostly young men dominated subconsciously by an overwhelming libido that they not only cannot satisfy but are afraid of, as if it is the work of the devil. Since Islam describes heaven as a place where everything on earth will finally be allowed, and promises 72 virgins to those frustrated kids, killing others and killing themselves to reach this redemption becomes their only solution.

What was it like to interview would-be suicide bombers, their families and survivors of suicide bombings?

It was a fascinating and a terrifying experience. You are dealing with seemingly normal people with very nice manners who have their own logic, which to a certain extent can make sense since they are so convinced that what they say is true. It is like dealing with pure craziness, like interviewing people in an asylum, since what they say, is for them, the absolute truth. I hear a mother saying "Thank God, my son is dead." Her son had became a shaheed, a martyr, which for her was a greater source of pride than if he had became an engineer, a doctor or a winner of the Nobel Prize. This system of values works completely backwards since their interpretation of Islam worships death much more than life. You are facing people whose only dream, only achievement is to fulfill what they believe to be their destiny, namely to be a shaheed or the family of a shaheed. They don't see the innocent being killed, they only see the impure that they have to destroy.

You say suicide bombers experience a moment of absolute power, beyond punishment. Is death the ultimate power?

Not death as an end, but death as a door open to the after life. They are seeking the reward that God has promised them. They work for God, the ultimate authority, above all human laws. They therefore experience this single delusional second of absolute power, where nothing bad can ever happen to them, since they become God's sword.

Is there a suicide bomber personality profile? Describe the psychopathology.

Generally kids between 15 and 25 bearing a lot of complexes, generally inferiority complexes. They must have been fed with religion. They usually have a lack of developed personality. Usually they are impressionable idealists. In the western world they would easily have become drug addicts, but not criminals. Interestingly, they are not criminals since they don't see good and evil the same way that we do. If they had been raised in an Occidental culture, they would have hated violence. But they constantly battle against their own death anxiety. The only solution to this deep-seated pathology is to be willing to die and be rewarded in the after life in Paradise.

Are suicide bombers principally motivated by religious conviction?

Yes, it is their only conviction. They don't act to gain a territory or to find freedom or even dignity. They only follow Allah, the supreme judge, and what He tells them to do.

Do all Muslims interpret jihad and martyrdom in the same way?

All Muslim believers believe that, ultimately, Islam will prevail on earth. They believe this is the only true religion and their is no room, in their mind, for interpretation. The main difference between moderate Muslims and extremists is that moderate Muslims don't think they will see the absolute victory of Islam during their life time, therefore they respect other beliefs. The extremists believe that the fulfillment of the Prophecy of Islam and ruling the entire world as described in the Koran, is for today. Each victory of Bin Laden convinces 20 million moderate Muslims to become extremists.

Describe the culture that manufactures suicide bombers.

Oppression, lack of freedom, brain washing, organized poverty, placing God in charge of daily life, total separation between men and women, forbidding sex, giving women no power whatsoever, and placing men in charge of family honor, which is mainly connected to their women's behavior.

What socio-economic forces support the perpetuation of suicide bombings?

Muslim charity is usually a cover for supporting terrorist organizations. But one has also to look at countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are also supporting the same organizations through different networks. The ironic thing in the case of Palestinian suicide bombers is that most of the money comes through financial support from the Occidental world, donated to a culture that utterly hates and rejects the West (mainly symbolized by Israel).

Is there a financial support network for the families of the suicide bombers? If so, who is paying them and how does that affect the decision?

There used to be a financial incentive in the days of Saddam Hussein ($25,000 per family) and Yasser Arafat (smaller amounts), but these days are gone. It is a mistake to believe that these families would sacrifice their children for money. Although, the children themselves who are very attached to their families, might find in this financial support another reason to become suicide bombers. It is like buying a life insurance policy and then committing suicide.

Why are so many suicide bombers young men?

As discussed above, libido is paramount. Also ego, because this is a sure way to become a hero. The shaheeds are the cowboys or the firemen of Islam. Shaheed is a positively reinforced value in this culture. And what kid has never dreamed of becoming a cowboy or a fireman?

What role does the U.N. play in the terrorist equation?

The UN is in the hands of Arab countries and third world or ex-communists countries. Their hands are tied. The UN has condemned Israel more than any other country in the world, including the regime of Castro, Idi Amin or Kaddahfi. By behaving this way, the UN leaves a door open by not openly condemning terrorist organizations. In addition, through UNRWA, the UN is directly tied to terror organizations such as Hamas, representing 65 percent of their apparatus in the so-called Palestinian refugee camps. As a support to Arab countries, the UN has maintained Palestinians in camps with the hope to "return" into Israel for more than 50 years, therefore making it impossible to settle those populations, which still live in deplorable conditions. Four-hundred million dollars are spent every year, mainly financed by U.S. taxes, to support 23,000 employees of UNRWA, many of whom belong to terrorist organizations (see Congressman Eric Cantor on this subject, and in my film "Hostages of Hatred").

You say that a suicide bomber is a ‘stupid bomb and a smart bomb’ simultaneously. Explain what you mean.

Unlike an electronic device, a suicide killer has until the last second the capacity to change his mind. In reality, he is nothing but a platform representing interests which are not his, but he doesn't know it.

How can we put an end to the madness of suicide bombings and terrorism in general?

Stop being politically correct and stop believe that this culture is a victim of ours. Radical Islamism today is nothing but a new form of Nazism. Nobody was trying to justify or excuse Hitler in the 1930s. We had to defeat him in order to make peace one day with the German people.

joepole 10-20-2006 08:56 AM

Why don't we make it a goal to eliminate all religion, not just Islam? The only absolute in the universe is truth, and religion in any form is not the pursuit of truth.

Once a religion becomes an institution rather than a personal relationship it shifts (by default and by necessity) its prioities from understanding to self-preservation, which is why no organized religion (especially the big ones) can ever be a good idea.

Isaac-Saxxon 10-20-2006 09:30 AM

I concur
I concur with your thoughts on religion. Man made and man controlled. Sad but true.

LateNight 10-20-2006 09:38 AM

Syphilis & Religion, two things the world could probably do without.
-- Graham Parker.

Isaac-Saxxon 10-22-2006 07:34 AM

Maybe they need a drink
Any one ever wonder why the hardliners are against drinking wine and seeing
a pretty girl ? I would not be the nicest guy around if I lived in a place where
the fun things in life where against the law.

LateNight 10-22-2006 11:06 AM


Originally Posted by Isaac-Saxxon
Any one ever wonder why the hardliners are against drinking wine and seeing
a pretty girl ? I would not be the nicest guy around if I lived in a place where
the fun things in life where against the law.

Are we talking about "hardliners" like in Saudi Arabia somewhere ? or like Down South here somewhere, where some folks are against dancing and drinking of any kind ? ?

Isaac-Saxxon 10-22-2006 01:39 PM

Yes just like the religionist with there mind games.

Isabella 10-23-2006 01:10 AM

Isaac, check your private messages.

Hattie Thomas 11-30-2006 02:39 PM

"You want the truth can't handle the truth.."

Originally Posted by joepole
Why don't we make it a goal to eliminate all religion, not just Islam? The only absolute in the universe is truth, and religion in any form is not the pursuit of truth.

Once a religion becomes an institution rather than a personal relationship it shifts (by default and by necessity) its prioities from understanding to self-preservation, which is why no organized religion (especially the big ones) can ever be a good idea.

The truth is ... this is America and although it may be the popular concensus of most liberal democrats to tear to shred anything our nation was built upon, there are those of us who still believe in God and church and as long as there is breath in our bodies our voices will be heard.

Al Swearengen 11-30-2006 07:12 PM

Thankyou for posting that interview Isaac.
The Muslims are barbaric and dangerous. They cant get along with each other, much less everyone else. They only understand one thing and thats violent, overwhelming force. I read somewhere that Muslims are involved in something like 97% of all the conflicts in the world. They hate the Jews the most, but they hate everyone else, too, including other Muslims...basically, they hate...its what they do best. Like an infection, they need to be beaten back and kept down to managable levels. I would say annihilated, but Christ commands otherwise. They are the fox in the henhouse. Cant afford to take our eyes off them, not even for a second!

Isaac-Saxxon 11-30-2006 07:31 PM

They are the fox in the henhouse
Well put there Al . These people do hate and hate and hate that is what they do best. The great war they want will come one day and they will be set back two hundred years from the infrastructure damage and civil unrest that war leaves in its wake. They have not read the book of Daniel and if they had they would strap on there helmets, it is written of the great Ram of Persia, they will be split in to four factions when they start there war and end up fighting themselves before the big lady sings.Christ referred to the Herod and the descendents of Cain as foxes.

Hey Al,
270 Winchester rides at five in the morning 27 degrees and Mr. Big is calling
my name. When they pry my cold dead finger off the trigger !

Al Swearengen 11-30-2006 07:35 PM

a .270 and food on the table
I salute you, sir, and thankyou for exercising your rights and staying true to your American heritage!

Isaac-Saxxon 11-30-2006 08:09 PM

those of us who still believe in God and church
Well I sure believe in God and Christ but Church is a man made thing set in place to control other men. Good Christian folks go to church but reading the Word and not chants and songs and passing the plate is what being a Christian is about not the traditions of man. Send your money to the Lord but they give you there address.

God Bless America and the NRA !

Tomoshibi 12-19-2006 11:06 PM

I am not, myself, a Christian man, but I agree that organized religion is not a good idea. As a Pagan, it is entirely my choice to practice my religion alone if I so choose and I like it that way. It is much easier to follow my heart when I don't have to hear what I feel are the influential words of the potentially twisted or misleading.

The problem, I think, with big religious worship today is that people have totally forgotten what religion is for! The purpose of religion is to teach us how to get along, how to love, and how to support each other, no matter who we are, where we are from, or what religion we choose. When your religion officially crosses the line of oppression and persecution against other people (most especially with deadly force), your religion should be abandoned forever.

Isaac-Saxxon 01-15-2008 09:22 AM

There has been war (religious) for a very long time. I know it will not end until the second advent. I find when I tell people I study alone and do not go to a church they think they need to save me. They save me by bringing me into their church :confused: That is kind of like Amway meeting. Read the Book and pray alone and discuss in dept with the few not the many. Send your money to the Lord but they give you their address.

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