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It's all about testosterome, and POWER

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 13, 2015 at 11:53

their goal of applying Islamic law and building a caliphate?

Why not make it simple, Daniel. Change that to "...their goal of getting power."

Islam is a nonsensical religion, which continually repeats the mantra "Allah the compassionate, the merciful", then commands followers to go about slaughtering innocent people. The visceral part of this appeals to young men, who sense a chance to instantly become big shots under a pious cover.

These repeated horrendous acts DO achieve their goal of intimidating people. All together, they present hapless peasants with a picture of an unstoppable force, a juggernaut. That helps these young men gain power -- if not the ultimate power of ruling the world, then the immediate power of being able to cow 10-year-old girls into blowing themselves up.

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