It worked for Hasan ibn al Sabbah 900 years ago and apparently it’s only become more effective with the advent of modern chemistry.
Reports are coming from Iraq that the Sadrist terrorists in Basra have taken to giving their soldiers a home cooked drug which goes by the street name of ‘pinky’. It’s loaded with methamphetamines and other goodies which make their fighters so amped up that death literally has no meaning to them and they’ll charge machine guns or throw themselves infront of moving vehicles to achieve instant martyrdom.
They seem to have discovered Al Sabbah’s ancient truth, that when fighting for a dubious cause against better trained and equipped enemies it helps to have followers who are too stoned to ask questions or notice how unpopular they are with their neighbors, and whose brains are so fried that they don’t quite get the connection between strapping on a bomb and the inevitable, remotely triggered and very messy death which follows.
The use of methamphetamines to create suicide soldiers is not unprecedented. In World War II the Nazis gave some soldiers a pill which combined methamphetamine, morphine and cocaine to lessen the effects of fatigue, pain and fear in battle.
Al Qaeda is a lot more traditional than the Sadrists. They stick with the tried and true methods the assassins used in the middle ages, so after they kidnap an involuntary suicide bomber candidate, they keep him stoned on Afghan opium for about a month and a half, brainwash him to within an inch of his life, and then when he can’t tell reality from the Quran and is already hallucinating his harem of afterlife virgins, they send him out in the latest explosive regalia of the cause and with a click of a car remote he does his duty for Allah.
The inevitable corollary to this is that both groups are bringing drugs into Iraq in massive amounts for their own use and to sell to finance their operations. Al Qaeda is bringing opium in from their contacts in Afghanistan and the Sadrists are importing methamphetamine and other prescription drugs from Syria for their own use and also for sale. Drugs are being processed into more potent forms in Iraq and then sold locally and shipped out for sale in neighboring countries. The money raised is used to pay for their ongoing terrorist efforts. As this problem grows larger the inevitable question has to be asked, does the drug traffic exist to support the terrorism or is the terrorism just a cover for the profits of the drug lords?
This is yet another reminder of what fine people these ‘freedom fighters’ are. They feel no compunction about spreading a plague of drugs through the Islamic world to fuel their ambitions, and no remorse about using drugged dupes to fight and die for them. The suicide bombers and terrorists aren’t martyrs for Allah, they’re just more victims of druglords with political aspirations. And what does it say about their leaders and their confidence in their holy cause that they don’t think anyone will die for them unless they drug them to the eyebrows?
Those who continue to support or excuse the terrorists might want to take a moment to think about these facts. Maybe they should consider what a lot of Iraqis are coming to realize, that these people are best understood by their actions not their words. A few quotes from the Quran can’t obscure the cowardice, greed and inhumanity which their every act betrays.
For more on the drugged Jihadists in Basra see the article in The Mirror.
For more on Al Qaeda’s practice of drugging suicide bombers see the story in The TimesPowered by Sidelines