Last week once again we reflected on the memory of the 9-11 terrorist attacks that almost seem ancient to some and just last week for others. The 9-11 responders are still suffering tragic health crises as a result of their heroic actions of that day. We often think of those that are deceased and often don't remember those that suffered loss of health, way of life, and any meaning to their day to day living. We consistently discuss if this can ever happen again on American soil and if we are better prepared today. Many are still stunned that there's hasn't been a terrorist attack on our soil since that tragic day in '01. Obviously we have learned much from the past and without doubt we are a more secure and determined nation. However, I feel much is loss if we don't take the time to assess the mind and faith of these terrorist and why they continue their death daring acts.
As the nation commemorates the sixth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks this week, I took some time to consider why a terrorist is attracted to a lifestyle of death and destruction. Over the years many people have tried to justify these dastardly acts of terrorists as being no different from those of serial killers. While there are many similarities between terrorists and serial killers, especially from the standpoint of the victims, there are vast differences in terms of why and how the acts are committed.
Both terrorists and serial killers generally come from a childhood in which much is lacking, but the radical Islamic terrorist is encouraged in the activities he will later commit whereas the serial killer is often rebelling against something. The radical Islamic terrorist is supported by his social and shared network, whereas the serial killer is usually working alone and in many cases would admit that what he did was criminal. The results from a serial killer and a terrorist may be similar in terms of number of casualties, but the reason why terrorists so greatly outnumber serial killers is because they are supported by a moral framework.