Self-Immolation in Death Obsessed Societies

Michael Medved

2/20/2012 4:19:07 PM - Michael Medved

The BBC and the New York Times have both reported on yet another alarming trend in the Arab world: people dousing themselves with gasoline and setting themselves on fire in suicidal protest.  

Last year, more than 100 Tunisians ignited themselves. This year in Morocco, five university graduates went up in flames to denounce high unemployment. Similar incidents also occurred in Jordan and Bahrain. This horrific fad began in 2010 when a fruit vendor launched the Tunisian revolution by burning himself to death.

Unfortunately, President Obama praised this gesture as heroic in a speech to the UN, unwittingly encouraging countless imitators. The self-immolation craze illustrates a death obsession widespread in Muslim societies. Islamists proudly declare that “we love death more than you love life”—all the more reason for the West to cherish life even more.