This is politics. Not religion, not terror, just politics. Of course some kill for the sake of killing. The South African government that we supported - not openly of course - and the killers in Darfur that we condemn are examples from the "Western" and the "Islamic" worlds. There are many other examples. But nothing that has come out of Iran bears the hallmarks of anything but politics. The current political imperatives in Iran are (a) the ruling group, to stay in power - an imperative of every ruling group in the world - and (b) to avoid, delay, or lessen the impact of the invasion or bombardment that the US is threatening so loudly and violently. Both assisted by such events Hard not to admire a country that can gain political points without a lot of killing. I would like to think that Bush was taking notes, but his use of the completely inaccurate word "hostages" is obviously to bolster support for an attack, so I guess murder remains his preferred method of persuaion.
Thousands protest outlawing of Islamic Movement in Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Iran challenges Bush