But what about the recent video by Adam Gadahn, the American al-Qaida, warning fellow Americans to convert to Islam before al-Qaida attacks again?
"He never mentions virgins or the benefits Islamic martyrs receive in Heaven," Pape asserted.
In fact, Gadahn notes 36 minutes into his speech that Allah reserves the highest rewards ? "honors and delights" ? for martyrs in Paradise.
"[He] promised the martyr in his path the reward over and above the reward of the believer," Gadahn said. "He has promised them honors and delights too numerous to go into here."
The 9/11 hijackers and the London bombers made martyrdom videos. In their last testaments, they recite the Quran while talking of their "love of death" and "sacrificing life for Allah." Seven martyrdom videotapes also were recovered by British authorities in the foiled transatlantic sky terror plot.
Before the 9/11 attacks, the hijackers shaved and doused themselves with flower water in preparation for their weddings with the beautiful virgins in Paradise. "Know that the women of Paradise are waiting, calling out 'Come hither, friend of Allah,'" according to a four-page letter circulated among them titled "THE LAST NIGHT." "They have dressed in their most beautiful clothing."
But are the virgins scriptural or apocryphal? French documentarian Pierre Rehov, who interviewed the families of suicide bombers and would-be bombers in an attempt to find out why they do it, says it's not a myth or fantasy of heretics.
He says there's no doubt the Quran "promises virgins" to Muslim men who die while fighting infidels in jihad, and it's a key motivating factor behind suicide terrorism.
"It's obviously connected to religion," said Rehov, who features his interviews with Muslims in a recently released film, "Suicide Killers." "They really believe they are going to get the virgins."
He says would-be Muslim suicide bombers he's interviewed have shown him passages in the Quran "in which it's absolutely written that they're going to get the girls in the afterlife."
If what you say is true why did they take out one of the biggest deterrents? Sadam.
Or maybe Bush hates virgin in heaven and is trying to reduce there numbers.
What ever but according to this article.
>>"Suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation rather than a product of Islamic fundamentalism."
He says U.S. foreign policy is more a factor than faith.
"Though it speaks of Americans as infidels, al-Qaida is less concerned with converting us to Islam than removing us from Arab and Muslim lands," Pape said.
JMHO Had we just gone after O?Sama I don?t think the Muslim backlash would have happened for almost all religions believe in an eye for an eye. However that is not what Bush did. He wanted to get Sadam at what ever cost in human lives knowing it had nothing to do with 9-11.
And one more thing Bush can pass whatever law he wants here but in the view of the world and me he has committed war crimes and should be prosecuted for them. And the notion the he didn?t torture anyone but was just giving orders didn?t work in Germany either.
>>"Though it speaks of Americans as infidels, al-Qaida is less concerned with converting us to Islam than removing us from Arab and Muslim lands," Pape said. <<
YOu can tell from the article that Pape is talking out his ass, as he is refuted later on about his blatant lie. Pape said he didn't talk of virgins. He most certainly did.
You completely missed the point of that article. The global Jihad was going on before Iraq and would have continued, regardless. You just don't get it, do you? The Islamo-fascits have been brainwashed, but all you can focus on is Bush. The enemy is not Bush. Our enemy is militant Islam. Iraq is where the main battle is being waged. Afghanistan as well. Better there then here. By the way, they'd saw your head off in a second, infidel.