What motivates a healthy, young man who has everything going for him in life, to leave everything behind and offer himself for a violent cause in a land far away?
It’s a big mystery to me as to why Malaysian men have been flocking to the Middle East to fight in a war that, to me, doesn’t really concern them.
Sure, Muslims are involved in the fighting there and these Malaysianswho are going are also Muslims. But just because Muslims are involved doesn’t mean that it is a holy war.
When I was in Afghanistan, I had a fixer and translator who was a young man in his mid twenties, an intelligent Afghan who was studying law and working as a journalist part time.
Although he was very interested in the current affairs of his country, he was not one to condone violence and war. He thought the pen (and camera) is more powerful.
Shortly after coming back to Malaysia, my fixer friend contacted me via Facebook and told me that his father, a government official, was assassinated. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]