The fear factor: Inside the mind of a terrorist
Monday's tragic bombing in Boston is unfortunately just the most recent bout of violence in our country to harm innocent people.
Dr. Stephen Westmoreleand says whoever is behind this act of terror, without a doubt has one distinctive quality.
"They don't view them in the same way we view people," Dr. Westmoreland said. "They view them just as things to be destroyed."
Dr. Westmoreland says we as a society vastly underestimate the hatred in this world, but when it comes to the mind of a terrorist, he believes hate is something that's taught.
"When you teach a child hate, they never forget it," Dr. Westmoreland said.
These acts of hate bring those who feel weak a sense of power.
They succeed when we give them fear in return.
"There was a Chinese saying that if you kill one you frighten 10,000," said Dr. Martin Slann of UT Tyler. "These days terrorists are much more ambitious and much more lethal. They want to frighten entire societies by killing as many people as possible."
Dr. Slann has studied terrorism extensively in his career, says terrorists seek destruction of the society they feel offended by.
He says there is no doubt in a terrorist's mind they are somehow doing the right thing.
"Terrorism ... only seeks to destroy," Dr. Slann said. Terrorists are more or less convinced that until society is destroyed, there's no point in trying to build anything."
Dr. Slann says since terrorists seek destruction of a certain society as a whole, innocent people within that society become their target.