“My son is vehemently opposed to the government. He says suicide attacks are considered a superior form of martyrdom and courage in Islam, and that Muslims must wage a jihad against the Jews and their friends,” he said.Although some are willing participants, ready to give up their lives for their 72 virgins, other young boys are actually being lied to. Yes, they're well aware they'll be killing a bunch of American infidels, but they're also told that Allah will miraculously save their asses. Remember, at these schools the minds of these supremely ignorant, illiterate boys are being pumped with anti-everything propaganda on a daily basis, and are being primed to kill. One Afghan intelligence official said,
His son told him that on Fridays, the madrassa students were shown footage of Americans and Britons being beheaded.
The father concluded, “I’m not going to allow my son to go back to study in Pakistan again, because I know I will lose him.”
"The worst part is that these children don't think that they are killing themselves," said the official. "They are often given an amulet containing Koranic verses. Mullahs tell them, 'When this explodes you will survive and God will help you survive the fire. Only the infidels will be killed, you will be saved and your parents will go to paradise'."13-year-old Abdul Samat was one of those young boys who was told that once he had set off the explosives nestled in his vest he'd be okay. He apparently had been recruited in Quetta Pakistan and driven blindfolded to Kandahar, Afghanistan to do the deed. But Abdul lucked out. For some reason he realized he was about to turn into minced meat and backed out.
"When I opened my eyes, I saw it was a very black thing they wanted me to do," he later recalled.
"I began to cry and shout. People came out of their houses and asked what was wrong. I showed them I had something in my vest. Then they were scared too and called the police who took the bombs off me."
The reason extremists use young children (and occasionally women) is that they're less likely to be questioned at checkpoints.
Apparently suicide bombings in Afghanistan did not become de rigueur until 2004, since it was considered un-Islamic. They learned that charming tactic from their Arab jihadist brothers.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Taliban claims "All our bombers are men and they are all volunteers. We never use boys." Then again, they also tell those boys they'll live to see another day.