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What is it like to be an Islamic terrorist?

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How and why do they decide to sacrifice their lives for religion?
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Terms like terrorists and extremists have become little more than propaganda - utilised by states to divert attention from their own criminality that is causal to the responses they receive.

A number of so called "terrorists" would often be termed as freedom fighters, opposing invasions in their lands and fighting an asymmetrical war against those with a lot more power.

Most who have been interviewed, videos/documents left behind or comments from the groups they work with or their families, indicate serious and substantive grivances, atrocities at the hands of foreign powers, their troops and intelligence officers or tyrant regimes these same foreign powers back and support.

As an example, Bilal Abdullah was one of two terrorists behind the 2007 Glasgow airport attack and is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum of 32 years in the UK.

During his own testimony during trial, Bilal said his motivation was the destruction of Iraq, first through sanctions that included even medicine, the rise of childhood leukaemia which he blamed on depleted uranium armour-piercing shells used in the 1991 Gulf War and for destruction of infrastructure during the U.S. and British 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In his words, Abdullah blamed the US and its allies for the deteriorating situation:
"We understood the Americans were here for one reason - they were not liberators. We saw them in 1991, they were here for petrol and gas and we were happy. Take the petrol, fix the country, the price is worth it. But the Americans didn't do that. They destroyed the infrastructure again."

These events, coupled with personal calamities such as his sister's nervous breakdown brought him to a turning point. Seemingly overcome by personal guilt and his powerlessness on a hospital ward, he decided to support the insurgency:
"My political views changed dramatically towards the [British] government. They shared in murdering my people. It was the British government and American government. Without Blair, Bush couldn't have invaded Iraq."


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