Like you, I’ve tried to untangle the ISIS skein of fuckupedness. I’ve simply concluded that it’s nihilism — destruction for destruction’s sake. Signifying nothing but dark, impenetrable evil. Sure, it’s wrapped up in radical Islam, but that’s just a convenient, grandiose veneer, in my opinion. God Sanctioned My Butchery!
This isn’t organized religion — it’s organized sociopathy.
And for that reason, I believe, it ultimately will fail. For starters, how many converts want to kill themselves? Enough to cause a lot of devastation, yes. But I think these ISIS freaks will snuff themselves out. Well, if Putin doesn’t get to them first. (Really, you want to shoot a plane down over Russia? You want to piss THAT guy off?)
What I’m struck with, when I think of the victims of ISIS is, how pointless it all is. How impersonal. To be blown up as a political gesture. A demonstration of “might” that signifies what exactly? That you can take a target as soft as melted Brie — Parisians in a cafe? Beirut women shopping in a market? And hurt them? Wow, what else can you do? Drown kittens? Steal candy from toddlers? Boy, aren’t you fierce.
I’m also struck by the thought of some teenager wearing a suicide vest — you were somebody’s baby. Someone invested in you. Someone rocked you to sleep and fed you and cared for you when you were a vulnerable infant. By destroying yourself, you’ve destroyed all their efforts to raise you and keep you alive and safe. Maybe ISIS pays your survivors. Maybe you’re a pawn in a terrorist’s game. Maybe no one cares if you live or die and that’s why you did it. Maybe you thought this was a way to Be Significant. Maybe you’re just an incendiary ball of hate and you shouldn’t stand near matches. You baffle me.
But what impresses me is the bravery of Adel Termos, who foiled one suicide bomber in Beirut.
The carnage in Beirut was likely mitigated, however, by the heroic behavior of one man, Adel Termos. Termos was in the market with his young daughter and witnessed the first explosion. Reportedly, he saw another bomber preparing to detonate, and jumped into action.
“He tackled him to the ground, causing the second suicide bomber to detonate,” Elie Fares, a Beirut-based physician, told PRI. “There are many, many families, hundreds of families probably, who owe their completeness to his sacrifice.”
For one nihilistic nut job, there is a super human like Termos, and there are millions of others who face terror with resiliency and defiance. Let’s be inspired by their example. Prayers to all who are bereaved by these senseless killings.