I don't think most of the islamist terrorists are mentally ill exactly, just indoctrinated and/or radicalised to a point where they see terrorism as an acceptable tool, or rather, the only tool left. And why is that? Because the Muslim World and the Western World are at war. In fact, we've been at war, on and off, since the very beginning of Islam. The crusades started as a response to Muslim armies threatening Byzantium, the Christian eastern Roman empire. Fast-forward to today, and the war continues. Where the West isn't directly involved, they're propping up their favourite puppet regimes of dictators, strong-men and ruling elites in the region while the civilians suffer the consequences. Where we are more directly involved, like Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of civilians have died in the conflicts. All this effort the West makes in order to avoid islamists coming to power.This is what has been on my mind of late, how to change that sort of thinking? How do you reason with people who want to annihilate everyone who isn't like them in addition to themselves? I don't even know where to start. Sometimes I wonder whether seriously ill people latch onto a cause to justify there desire to be mass murderers. I don't know; I am at such a loss with regard to offering any solutions.
Let's stop pretending there is no clash of civilizations.