How jihadists get their courage
I’ve observed that Arabs make very cowardly soldiers. This explains why Israel, from its very inception as a state in 1948, has always been able to defeat numerically superior Arab armies.
When the United States invaded Iraq, instead of the “Mother of all Battles,” Saddam’s soldiers barely put up a fight.
When numerically smaller ISIS armies invaded Iraqi cities, the Iraqi troops abandoned their posts and ran away.
But what gives the jihadists the courage that Arab soldiers have traditionally lacked? I naively assumed it was their conviction that they were fighting for Allah and would be rewarded in Paradise for their Holy Jihad. But it turns out the that real answer sounds like something out of science-fiction. As explained in recent news stories, the jihadis are taking a drug in the amphetamine family, known in the Middle East as Captagon, which makes them fearless.
Two ISIS fighters caught in Turkey told the local newspaper Rudaw, “When we went into battle, we took the pills that made us euphoric.” Ali Daud, 23, told the newspaper: “It makes us feel big, strong, as if looking at the battle from above. You think the tanks are little birds that you can destroy with your sword. We took the drug only when we went into battle, for maximum effect.”