French film makers film about suicide bombers

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  1. >A friend sent me this - it is quite interesting.

    >
    > September 12, 2005
    > The psychology behind suicide bombings
    > By Pierre Rehov, French Documentary Filmmaker
    >
    > On July 15, MSNBC's "Connected" program discussed the 7/7 London
    > attacks.
    > One of the 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 a 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 interpret ation. 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 believing 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 peo ple.
    >
    > Are these men traveling outside their native areas in large numbers?
    > Based
    > on your research, would you predict that we are beginning to see a new
    > wave
    > of suicide bombings outside the Middle East?
    >
    > Every successful terror attack is considered a victory by the radical
    > Islamists. Everywhere Islam is expands there is regional conflict.
    > Right
    > now, their are thousands of candidates for martyrdom lining up in
    > training
    > camps in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Inside Europe, hundreds of
    > illegal
    > mosques are preparing the next step of brain washing to lost young men
    > who
    > cannot find a satisfying identity in the Occidental world. Israel is
    > much
    > more prepared for this than the rest of the world will ever be. Yes,
    > there
    > will be more suicide killings in Europe and the U.S. Sadly, this is
    > only the
    > beginning
     
  2. So the solution for tackling suicide bombers is to get them laid :?
     
  3. There is a little bit more to Rehov than might first meet the eye:

    Pierre Rehov's Wikipedia entry

    All of which makes you wonder how he keeps getting access to the Islamikazes and their families, and whether his luck will one day run out and he'll become a news story himself.