We went through this before -- how radical Islamists love death more than life and want to kill non believers to get to heaven. We heard it non stop after the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. The subsequent events proved that they could be contained, but more recent events tell us we shouldn't have let our guard down. Those who said it will take a long time appear to be right.
Louis René Beres wrote a good article titled The Jihadists' Promise: Power over Death which examines the underlying motivation. Here's an excerpt:
In essence, Jihadi violence serves not only to advance the terrorist's delusion of immortality, but also to add, however perversely, an apparent and desperately needed erotic satisfaction, using religion as the justification.
This core point is not difficult to understand. Persuasive promises of immortality -- the desperate hope to live forever -- underlie virtually all major religions. Yet this point remains neglected or misunderstood in Washington, Jerusalem, and all other Western capitals.
The Jihadi terrorist claims to "love death," but in his or her mind, that "suicide" is anything but final. Ironically, these Islamist terrorists aim to conquer mortality by "killing themselves." The would-be killer has been promised that death will represent just a trivial and momentary inconvenience, a minor detour on just one more glorious "martyr's" fiery trajectory toward a life everlasting, in Paradise.
Mr. Beres contends that military action against them is only a temporary solution. That's probably right, and that's why it will take so long. There will likely be no finality until it passes out of style with its practitioners.
A really good strategy needs to begin at the conceptual or psychological level. It is actually the Jihadists' fear of death that leads them to suicide, always in the hope that any short-term "dying" -- the vainglorious fantasy that "martyring" themselves -- will enable them to live forever in Paradise, and as beloved heroes on Earth. ... Going forward, our main task should be to systematically undermine these fantasies and doctrinal "underpinnings." In conjunction with the recommended nuanced persuasions of military firepower, it can be done.
President Obama's loyal team of psychology professors has been very successful at calculating how to persuade Americans during election time. It's probably too much to wish for, but if only they would apply their skills in the direction of dissuading Islamists from their murderous zeal they might actually be doing some good for the country.
Via Clarice Feldman who makes an interesting comparison of Jihadists and global warmists.