Holy fuck, this is quite moving, and it shouldn\’t be

Which dead fighter left this message for his daughter?

\”Sweetheart… I\’m going to really, really miss you a lot. I\’m thinking about it already. Look, I absolutely love you to bits and you have been the happiest thing in my life. You and your mum, absolutely brilliant.

\”I don\’t know what else to say. I just wish I could have been part of your life, especially these growing up – these next months, they\’re really special with you learning to walk and things. I just so much wanted to be with you but I have to do this thing for our future and it will be for the best, in the long run.

\”That\’s the most important thing…. you\’ve got loads of people to look after you and keep and eye on you. And I\’m doing what I\’m doing for the sake of our country.\”

Answer? With a couple of Islam references changed to patriotism references, it was Mohammed Siddique Khan, the total bastard who blew himself on the Underground in July 2005, and persuaded a small bunch of other idiots to do likewise.

But it sounds like any other speech by an articulate man gone to war to kill whomever his leaders told him to kill. I guess the point which needs reinforcing is that there\’s nothing weird, wrong or unusual about wanting to die for a cause – fuck, I\’m cynical and there are even causes I\’d die for. And if you think there\’s something weird about wanting to kill others while you do that – then doublefuck, there are courses in human nature that you need.

The bit which is weird about suicide terrorism in the UK is purely and simple that we think of the people who do it as being like us, but they think of us in the same way that British soldiers thought of Germans in WWI, Argie conscripts in the Falklands, Iraqi militiamen today, and so on.

Draw your own conclusions as to why this might be the case. Guardian readers should start from the perspective of George Bush and the Zionist lobby\’s desire to slaughter any innocent brown chap that moves; while Daily Mail readers should start from the perspective of the inherent murderousness of the paedophile prophet.

[yes, I know this is based on the same article as the last piece. However, it\’s two very different points that really, really, really, really don\’t need conflating; this one is rightly incredibly contentious, whereas the other one shouldn\’t even need making but does…]

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