|Bob Weaver 2002|
Remaining is the terror of 9-11.
If you are still struggling with the burning question, why would anyone do this to innocent Americans. We have a little clarification.
Why were they willing to give their own lives, killing defenseless people?
James Haught, Editor of the Charleston Gazette, wrote "Normal people can't answer these questions...because normal people can't understand fanatics."
"We can't comprehend the hate mixed with religion. It's too contradictory for our minds to grasp. Yet it was the deadly driving force behind the worst murder in American history," Haught said.
The holy edict (fatwa) was issued by Osama bin Laden in 1998, in which he said "We call upon every Muslim who believes in God and hopes for reward to obey God's command to kill the Americans and plunder their possessions ... Launch attacks against the armies of the American devils and against those who are allied with them, among the helpers of Satan."
Much of the answer comes from Arabic notes taken from the terrorist's luggage.
"When the taxi takes you to the airport, remember God constantly ... Smile and be calm, for God is with the believers, and the angels protect you ... And say, 'Oh Lord, take your anger out on them, and we ask you to protect us from their evils.' And say, 'Oh Lord, block their vision when you are in front of them, so that they may not see.' ... God will weaken the schemes of the nonbelievers ... "
"Be happy, optimistic, calm, because you are heading for a deed that God loves and will accept. It will be the day, God willing, that you spend with the women of paradise. ... Remember this is a battle for the sake of God, as He said in His book: 'Oh Lord, pour your patience upon us and make us feel steadfast to give us victory over the infidels.'
"Know that the Gardens of Paradise are waiting for you in all their beauty, and the women of paradise are waiting, calling out 'Come hither, friend of God.'
"They (the women) are dressed in their most beautiful clothing ... Remind your brothers that his act is for Almighty God."
Haught said the marching orders appealed to adolescent sexual fantasies, that women would be waiting to please them in the world to come.
He said throughout history hundreds of twisted atrocities have invoked a God of a religious belief. More recent examples, Jonestown to the David Koresh compound, nerve gas in a Tokyo subway, planting salmonella in a Oregon restaurant, and murders at abortion clinics.
Religion and hate, said Haught, is a fearful mix.