The muslim clerics, quoting q'ran, offer Paradise to the faithful who die in a holy war. We mock their devotion and despise their slaughter of the innocents on 9.11 But Pope Urban II did exactly the same thing when recruiting soldiers for a crusade to "tear that land from the wicked race" in AD 1095. Slaughtering an infidel was virtuous; reputation and profit could be gained from joining the pope's army. But the promise that this act of "penance" would free them from purgatory and guarantee heaven was motivation enough. One observer of the subsequent slaughter of women, children, Jews and moslem caused the streets of Jerusalem "to flow in blood up to the bridal reins." What goes around (in the name of religion) comes around (in the name of religion).