Overcoming a Reluctance to Kill

In conflict situations … [there is] a powerful resistance to killing one's own kind, a resistance that exists in every healthy member of every species.

Konrad Lorenz, in his definitive book, On Aggression, notes that it is rare for animals of the same species to fight to the death. In their territorial and mating battles animals with horns will butt their heads together in a relatively harmless fashion, but against any other species they will go to the side and attempt to gut and gore.

Similarly, piranha will fight one another with raps of their tails but they will turn their teeth on anything and everything else, and rattlesnakes will wrestle each other but they have no hesitation to turn their fangs on anything else. Lorenz suggests that this 'non-specicidal' tendency is imprinted into the genetic code in order to safeguard the survival of the species."

From A Resistance To Killing by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman

Only lunatics, sociopaths/psychopath, those who have been conditioned to kill as a reflexive reaction e.g. soldiers and finally those who believe they are doing God’s work e.g. Islamists will kill another human being in cold blood.

Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall, Chief Historian of the European Theater of Operations in World War II, in a series of interviews with American riflemen concluded that only 15 to 20% of them fired their weapons at an exposed enemy soldier. His conclusions have been supported by other studies.

The modern military has largely overcome this reluctance in a normal person to killing another human being, even in theaters of war, through repetition and operant conditioning (modification of behaviour based on stimulus/response), making it an automatic reflexive reaction for a soldier to fire his weapon at a threat, real or imaginary.

What if your objective is to deliberately and methodically eliminate a segment of humanity for which you will require the assistance of the general population?

You do what the NAZIs did. You dehumanize that portion of humanity you wish to eradicate, making their elimination the moral equivalent of getting rid of a pest.

In his book Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen presents evidence that the dehumanization of the Jews by the Christian churches for the alleged murder of Christ and other offences pre-disposed Germans to accept and participate in the murder of millions of Jews.

Islamists have taken this dehumanization process one step further, adding demonization to the mix.

4:76 Those who believe fight for the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight on behalf of the Devil. Fight then the followers of the Devil. Surely the guile of the Devil is weak.

Islam, as a religion, has proven particularly effective at overcoming people's strong genetic predisposition against killing one of their own kind by concentrating on a thorough indoctrination in the Koran starting as soon as a child can mouth what is written in the book.

A child is not born a holy warrior. The process of creating suicide bombers and willing executioners for the likes of Islamic State, al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram begins with rote-learning by millions of children, even younger than the one pictured here in another flattering misleading juxtaposition of innocence and the most violent, hate-filled mainstream piece of religious text ever revealed.

Child reading Koran

This home schooling in the Koran is usually followed by a more formal and structured indoctrination at a madrassa (Islamic school).

It does not end there. What the believers have been taught at home and at school is re-enforced every day of their adult lives through mandatory daily prayers, which are normally verses from the Koran, when they will be reminded why death is better than life especially if you die killing unbelievers

3:157 And were you to be killed or to die in the Way of Allah, forgiveness and Mercy from Allah are far better then what they (the unbelievers) amass.

3:158 And were you to die or to be killed, it is unto Allah that you will be gathered.

3:169 And do not think those who have been killed in the Way of Allah as dead; they are rather living with their Lord, well provided for.


3:142 Or did you suppose that you will enter Paradise, before Allah has known who were those of you who have struggled, and those who are steadfast.

 3:143 You were yearning for death before you actually met it. Now you have seen it and you are beholding it.

This comprehensive continuous conditioning in hate and violence means that committed religious leaders have at their disposal a sizable people's army of willing executioners of unbelievers, heretics and those who don’t believe enough when the time comes.

Your Willing Executioners

Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015

"Kill everyone; the evildoers are all targets for us. Don't bother looking for a specific target, just kill them."

Islamic State Dar al-Islam (Land of War) No. 3

"Combination of pictures showing the five gunmen who carried out the July 1 attack in Dhaka, during which 20 hostages were slaughtered at a restaurant, posing in front of a flag of the Islamic State group at an undisclosed location." AFP-JIJI

Holy warriors in the employ of Islamic State preparing to simultaneously behead more than a dozen men. Notice their composure, they know how it's done.

You get the picture!

Bernard Payeur