Sam Harris has been so fond of pointing out to anyone who will listen that several of the 9/11 hijackers had advanced degrees. He argues from there that it is not abject poverty that pushes these men into their actions as some well-meaning people like Chris Hedges argue. No, their religions literally blind them with zealous lunacy with beliefs that they will get 72 virgins in heaven once they martyr themselves in a raging fireball of divine fire.
Well, here we go again. The New York Times has reported that 7 of the arrested terrorists in the recent madness in London and Glasgow were doctors:
The seven men are physicians, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, while the lone woman, the wife of one, is a laboratory technician. The police are now working to unravel links and prior contacts within this far-flung expatriate medical circle.
For the British public, the prospect of highly educated professionals as terror suspects is a chilling departure from the home-grown Muslim terrorists, many with family roots in Pakistan, who have been implicated in previous conspiracies here.
So how many people must die for the stated goal of Islamic lunacy before people like Hedges, hung up on weak-kneed religious tolerance, before they accept that people actually kill for and because of their religions? The apologists should wake up. Some people do things for the reasons they say they do them.
It sure is tempting to agree with Hitchens that religion poisons everything.