There are different types of ‘terrorist attacks, but one of them we’ve been increasingly seeing in the news lately: Islamist Jihadists take over a public place or business and immediately create terror victims resulting from being taken hostage.
The likelihood of these incidents compared to other dangerous daily events in America are still basically slim, when you do the math. The bad news is that even the government ‘projections’ imply that these types of hostage style acts of terror will be the most prevalent in the immediate future, due to their ease of implementing by the ‘lone wolf’ type of terrorist cells.
The ‘location’ factor also plays a significant role in the frequency potential. If you live in New York, for instance, and you frequently patronize Delis and other crowded places, your odds of experiencing something will increase compared to the very low probability of a farmer in South Dakota. But never say never…
Are you prepared to face this type of hostage situation, and get through it alive? Read the following article and you probably would.
The Creepy Journey into the Mind of the Attacker
Terrorist are addicted to the adrenalin from an ’avenging power of God’ rush they get when creating a situation of horrific fear for ordinary defenseless people.
It satisfies their need to dominate, subjugate, and punish people in the name of their delusional belief of the interpretation of their religion. It seems like this is something that can’t be reasoned with or mitigated in objective social integration. It’s their way, or the beheading way.
But to understand the personal survival plan for these specific scenarios, you should know the psychology behind the deadly motivation. Islamic terrorist hostage involved scenarios are almost diametrically opposed to hostage situations related to crimes such as bank robberies, ransom kidnappings, or ’standoff’ situations by a desperate fugitive trying to escape capture or death by police.
While the basic mechanics of the violence, the statutory designations and punishments of the crimes might be similar, there are important differences when it comes to the foreseeable future of your life.
The common attackers are not typically concerned with hostages except as an impromptu ‘in-progress’ detour from their original plans. The taking of hostages is then caused by a need to stall an unexpected rapid responding police obstruction, or facilitate their escape if surrounded.
The Muslim terrorists don’t care about ‘escaping’: they are on a ‘mission from god’. They not only are NOT afraid of police, but inclined to kill them at any opportunity. Recently news videos recorded a home grown Jihadist who actually attacked New York patrolman with a hatchet as a primary target right on a public street! These terrorists only care about proliferating the maximum ‘terror’ effect against their perceived enemies, which is just about anybody else but themselves.
In fact, they accept the fact that they’ll likely not make it out alive and they act accordingly and plan on it! It’s called being a ‘martyr’ for their cause, so they always ’default’ to the ’martyr mode’… and try to murder as many others as they can before the police take them down.
This is an IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE to make for your personal safety if you are one of the hostages.
But the thing to accept without doubt, is that there is a much more unlikely survival success ratio in a radical Islamist terror hostage situation. The police already know this, which creates another danger level in and of itself.
The police sometimes think that the hostages will die anyway, so they might as well shift their tactical priority to a direct assault mode and maybe they can take out the terrorists before they try to kill ALL of the hostages. Police rely upon their superior training and tactics to mitigate that outcome and hopefully save some of the hostages.
Your actions, or inaction, should reflect that understanding. Instead of negotiating with police so that snipers don’t take him out while he surrenders or gets away like a bank robber would usually do, the Muslim terrorist would rather go out like a zombie and take as many of the hostages with him if he doesn’t get his way.
And that is what happened in the Charlie Hebdo situation. Some hostages died, but most were saved. But becoming a terrorist hostage is one of the worst predicaments to be in.