The most recent suicide bombing / mass murder to make the MSM involved the splodin’ of Afghan policemen in the nascent state of Taliban’istan. This one was relatively low yield in comparison to other, more spectacular splodins' and I was curious to know what dynamic others may think cause these acts to be so closely tied to one particular politico-religious ideology. Bomber in police uniform kills 21 Afghan policemen http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090202/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan I think these martyr-murderers have squelched the issue of self-preservation (via their religion, which deceives them via a promise that cannot ever be proven to exist, i.e., paradise) and they are very much aware that being blown to bits pretty much snaps off the light switch with no time to register the fact that one is in pain or dead (academic argument, that last bit). Without getting into a theistic brawl, it is this aspect of much theism, to successfully implant a goal without proof or evidence of any kind, that gives rise to the endless chain of death we humans are amazingly willing to inflict upon one another. I don't really understand the level of a mind that claims to worship a god of mercy and justice and then condemns anyone who disagrees with them to torture and death. On the one hand, this fits in exactly with much religious doctrine; life tends to be cheap in the theistic philosophy, mainly because the adherent's believe that life continues after death, or it is replaceable by the various gods. It is ultimately, even if only on a subconscious level, alright to kill people, because you are either, a) "sending them to a better place", or so goes the thinking, or, b) you are doing gods will by splodin’ the “____” ß-(add condescending description of choice aimed at competing religionist) which is, after all, the way god wants it. This is why the alleged "holy books" tend to be filled with violence and calls to wars. I long for the day when the priest, pastor, mullah, or rabbi gets up in the pulpit and reads aloud the verses in their holy books that applaud rape, murder, and pillage. Of course, most theologians won't read out those passages of their holy books in their sermons -- but you can!