الرضا عن الذات
ترى ما هي الأفكار التي تدور في
The terror of
goes on in the mind of a jihadi?
few weeks ago, I had a close encounter with a jihadi
suicide bomber. That got me thinking. We know that
jihadis are motivated by a perverted notion of religion.
But not all jihadis are suicide bombers. What was the
extra ingredient, I wondered, that turned a jihadi into
one? What's going on in his mind?
say "him" because most of the jihadis in
take these women seriously. While filming a Dispatches
investigation for Channel 4 on
found the same contentment in the jihadi I interviewed
makes them so contented? The idea that they have a place
in paradise is partly responsible. But there is more at
play than just religion.
groups, like most employers, demand certain qualities
from their recruits. And the jihadi recruits have to
meet certain psycho logical standards. It helps if they
have been educated in a madrasa, where they are taught
that Islam is not a faith or a world-view but an
absolute, an unchanging list of dos and don'ts that have
to be adhered to at all costs.
more important is for the jihadis to have a
psychological make-up that can easily be manipulated by
their handlers. Jihadis do not receive much training.
What they do go through is a process of speedy but
effective brainwashing. They have to be impressionable,
empty vessels into which any old junk can be poured and
defined as Absolute Truth. That is why so many of them
tend to be so young.
brainwashing is achieved through two processes. First,
their mental framework is rearranged and fitted with
exclusive transmitters and no receivers. They can speak
but cannot listen. Rather, they can spout only certain
tailor-made phrases and pieties. So a conversation with
them can only be a one-way affair. They become quite
incapable of rotational thought, and it becomes
impossible to argue or reason with them. Second, they
are transported into a beatific space where all human
concerns become irrelevant. Hence, the contentment that
they experience. The jihadi I interviewed was having
some kind of mystical experience, I felt. He was
altogether on another plane, a different universe, where
what happened to him or what he did to others was
totally meaningless. The window of paradise had been
opened for him, and he could feel its fragrant draught.
That experience was the only thing that really mattered
what goes on in the minds of jihadis? Nothing. Because
there is nothing inside them. All their humanity has
been flushed out. Emotions and feelings have evaporated;
critical faculties and moral compasses have been
removed; they have been divorced from human concerns and
experience. That's what I saw when I met the female
jihadis of Hafsa mosque. I felt their contentment. And
it made me quiver with fear.
the Mullahs and the Military" is on Channel 4's
"Dispatches" programme on Monday 23 April (
). A special report on
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