Montaigne on suicide bombers

The philosopher Michel De Montaigne had some interesting thoughts on the use of assassins by Bedouin tribes in the Middle East.

The Assassins, who are a people dependent on Phoenicia, are considered by the Mahometans to be sovereignly devout and pure in morals. They hold that the surest way to merit paradise is to kill someone of an opposing religion. They therefore show contempt for all personal danger and are often to be found singly or on pairs, carrying out such profitable executions at the cost of their certain death, appearing before an enemy in the midst of his troops to ‘assassinate’ him – (it is from them that we have borrowed the word). Our own Count Raymond of Tripoli was killed this way in his own city.

Michel De Montaigne, Complete Essays, Volume II: 29, On Virtue. (16th Century)

3 thoughts on “Montaigne on suicide bombers”

  1. The Saudi Arabian regime caused these scumbags. 70% Of suicide bombers are from that country, I read that they cheered when suicide bombers killed some children in that land. But were really angry when these scumbags killed some of theri own battlefield earth style oppressors. A saudi arabian is a coward. I have marked out the word coward in my dictionary with saudi arabian. They support killing innocent babies abroad but then live as slaves and eunuchs and concubines to theri scuim kings. Iraq should invade the fascist scum and do to tghem what they do to them. and laugh,

  2. Napoleon was teh first victim of terrorists, IN 1801, royalists toerorsists who had been brewing the idea for a year for how to kill napaoleon, planted a bomb to try and kill him. It killed a few people, but teh great emperor of teh revolution remained unhurt.

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