Vonnegut is one of my favourite writers. But apparently he is letting his brain drain out of him one day at a time (Hat tip: Haitham)
But in discussing his views with The Weekend Australian, Vonnegut said it
was “sweet and honourable” to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea
that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.
“They are dying for their own self-respect,” he said. “It’s a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. It’s like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, you’re nothing.”
Asked if he thought of terrorists as soldiers, Vonnegut, a
decorated World War II veteran, said: “I regard them as very brave people, yes.”
Sometimes I find such logic baffling. In uncertian terms what Vonnegut does is look only at actions (a soldier kills and so does a terrorist) instead of context. If Vonnegut is anti-war, he should be anti-terrorism as well. Or maybe he thinks that suicide bombing is different from terrorism. Something people do when they are really bored perhaps?!?