And they end nine pages - and thirty minutes - later, with a chilling final five seconds:
10:03:09 Allāh-u-Akbar. Allāh-u-Akbar10:03:09 Allāh-u-Akbar. Allāh-u-Akbar
Allahu Akbar. God is Great. These words should not frighten, but they do.
What frightens me is the shear irrationality of all of this - the suicide bombings, the attacks on mosques, the random killing of innocents. There is nothing there that we can argue or reason against. The men committing these crimes aren't so much monsters as just ... not men. Or at least, not thinking men. They chant, they follow orders, and they kill. There is no space in the equation for us to stay: No. Stop. Think. Let's find a better way.
In Eichmann in Jersualem (1963) Hannah Arendt asked this:
Could the activity of thinking as such, the habit of examining and reflecting upon whatever happens to come to pass, regardless of specific content and quite independent of results, could this activity be of such a nature that it 'conditions' men against evildoing?
I never accepted that religion and science were separate, or that reason and faith couldn't coexist. Now I'm moving beyond that, into thinking that it's necessary ... that faith without reason is a form of madness, if not of evil.