DALLAS - This week's commentary is about the mind of al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists.
Osama bin Laden reportedly promises his suicide killers 72 virgins in paradise if they are martyred for his cause. That's what Major Nidal Hasan was looking forward to at Fort Hood, and the underwear bomber on Christmas Day.
For me, it raises a question: If 72 virgins really is the reward for someone who kills themself and others for their cause, what would your mother get if she did it?
Nobody would call sleeping with 72 strangers for the rest of eternity their idea of heaven for their mama. If it isn't good enough for her, why is it good enough for you?
There are people who blame Islam. I don't.
The overwhelming majority of real practicing Muslims raising families and working hard every day in the United States and elsewhere label that talk patently un-Islamic.
Pick just about any religion or cause, add a fire-breathing lunatic, throw in some committed but weak minds and that is what you come up with.
It gave us the 9/11 hijackers, Timothy McVeigh and last month the Hutaree militia arrested for planning to kill police officers and "help Jesus" in his return.
All of them are kind of like burnt beans, stirred a little too long at the bottom of an intellectual kettle of hate and half truth. And you notice the cooks, the big talkers who do the stirring like bin Laden, never volunteer themselves for those suicide missions.
Of course, those 72 virgins aren't complaining. They know if there is a knock at their door tonight, at least it's not going to be Osama bin Laden.
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