Question: How the mothers can so willingly say that they sent their children to battle for various reasons? What in the religion makes people sacrifice their children instead of trying to protect them? –JKM
Answer: It’s the human social condition. When you have nothing, no hope, no future, and a lot of angst, then religion becomes your sanctuary and your only weapon. One of the clerics in a madressa on the afghan border said it best: "We do not need the pupils to be angry or to hate America, just turn on the TV channel and see the news, its everywhere". With social conditions like these, coupled with the never ending Palestinian crises and the bloody Iraq war, it is inevitable that people gravitate towards forms of extreme expressions which turn up as suicide bombings, or growing militancies, etc. The hypocrisy of the American govt in giving baby milk and blankets to the Lebanese while providing Israel with laser guided weapons is not lost on the Muslim world. It is lost on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and the rest of America. But these things add up and it is not surprising that you have Al-Qaeeda and other extremists trying to be the champions of a Muslim cause. The history is deeper, read up on the history of how the American govt overthrew the democratic govt of Iran to install a ruthless dictator called the "Shah of Iran". Read on the history of Afghanistan on how the American govt dropped leaflets in Afghani schools urging children to do Jihad against the Russians. History doesn’t make for sensational reasoning in the media but people who have been oppressed remember.
I write this all to explain to you that this isn’t Islam that sends people and their children to war or any other religion for that matter. Give the perfect conditions on the ground – in the end religion is just the final step. And yet the "crazed religio-fascists" are still a minority of the minority but they have a big media impact. The only Muslims that people know on average are the ones on TV. And to them, every Muslims is that person. It is very hard for them to imagine that there are people in huge numbers that do not believe in violence *and* are Muslims. Being one of those majority Muslims, I assure you its a very frustrating experience to see yourself presented on TV as the infamous fraction. –Muhammed