How do I explain why Al Qaeda wants to kill Americans to my 9 yr-old son?
This morning, my son asked about Al Qaeda and wanted to know what motivated terrorists to be willing to kill themselves in order to kill Americans. His interest was sparked when he somehow came across a video of the burning of the World Trade Towers on the internet.
His question made me wonder how other people explain this—maybe not to a child, but to themselves or others. Why do you believe Al Qaeda members are willing to die for their cause? What do you think their cause is? How can they make such an awful choice?
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