The stated motive behind the current generation of terrorists is to institute their own authoritarian state, an Islamic theocracy. However, if they succeed, they will have to govern a populace that now accepts suicidal terrorism as a proven method of driving social change. Very much like the Republican party now facing the ultimate blowback from its own deal with the devil.
knowledge of our own inevitable mortality has bred some bizarre coping
mechanisms. Explosively rushing off to your "eternal life" is just about