Guess what pops up when you type "importance of being noticed" into a google search? That's right. Our own numerous postings on the subject. While some may misconstrue, our premise holds true. The importance of being noticed makes the world go 'round, from al-Queda types who intimidate through cold-blooded murder of innocents to impress their "brothers," to internet hackers who wreak havoc amongst online innocents to impress their own fellow travelers. On the good side, each one of us seeks, through our accomplishments, to earn a place of honor among our peers. The real issue is, whom do we select as our peers. Once again we recall Peter F. Rowbotham's citation of the unorthodox bonding rituals of Hell's Angels and British soccer fans as examples of a "system of honor that is an alternative to mainstream moral orders."
When it comes to Islamicist terrorists, forget about high-minded rhetoric about alleged American imperialism, Palestinian victimization, all-about-oil and such. It's not about something larger than they. No. It's all about them and their Darwinian quest for approval amongst their fellows.