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The Thrill of Defeat

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Submitted by Darrell Pack (United States), Jan 15, 2013 at 12:03

Ideological Islam in all its various forms values the martyr both as inspiring poster boy and as spiritual reprover of the lesser committed. When my mujahid becomes a martyr I can sanctify him and then use his image to draw a new crop of would be mujahideen, make my enemy appear in the worst possible light (the persecutor of the martyrs), and prove to my Muslim brethren that we (HAMAS, Hizbullah, et al) are the sharp edge of the knife in our Jihad. Like Daniel Pipes says it's about media. But not just CNN, MSNBC and al-Jazeera; it's also the domestic Arab media that will pick up the story of the new martyrs and sing both dirge and adulation for his sake. that's where the money is.

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