Bal, you do realize that your attitude is the very reason islamism is so strong nowadays, right? These guys didn't wake up one morning telling themselves how fun it would be to blow themselves up. Constant pressure and repression from West-backed governments as well as many other slights (invading Irak at the drop of a hat for instance) has more or less forced them to take up arms or be crushed. Egypt is a good example of this; it's either a US backed military dictatorship or islamists. Yet you make it sound like they hate the West just for kicks. And the idea of exchanging one soldier for a thousand civilians has worked so damn well in Irak. More massacres are definitely not a solutionto anyone's problems.