I think I understand your point. I remember back when I was a kid, old Goldfinger had Sean Connery up on some kind of slab with his legs apart and a sizzling laser beam moving in the direction of his crotch. And as I recall it, Sean Connery said, “You expect me to talk?” And Goldfinger replied, “Noooo, Mistah Bawnd, I expect you to die!”
You’re saying I’m not letting them own their own version of their motivations.
But according to one account I read, one or more of the terrorists in the Bataclan attack actually said that they were there because of attacks in their country/countries (or specifically Syria). I don’t remember where I read that, but here’s something that looks similar:
C’est là que nous allons alors passer deux heures et demi avec les deux terroristes. Ils nous rassemblent, on est assis. Ils nous font un premier discours en disant : « Vous pouvez remercier le président Hollande, parce que c’est grâce à lui que vous subissez ça. Nous, on a laissé nos femmes et nos enfants en Syrie, sous les bombes. On fait partie de ‘l’Etat islamique’ et on est là pour venger nos familles et nos proches de l’intervention française en Syrie. » Le tout en français, avec à peine une pointe d’accent nord-africain mais sans plus.
My French is almost zilch, so I defer to Google Translate:
This is where we will spend two and a half hours with the two terrorists. They gather us, we sit. They give us a first speech by saying: “You can thank President Hollande, because it is thanks to him that you undergo this. We have left our women and children in Syria under the bombs. We are part of the ‘Islamic State’ and we are here to avenge our families and our relatives from the French intervention in Syria.” All in French, with just a touch of North African accent but nothing more.
If that terrorist really said that, he sounds kind of like Ron Paul, who said that terrorists “don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and we’re free, they come and attack us because we’re over there.”
Edited to add:
Apparently, ISIS said something similar to what the Bataclan terrorist(s) said:
Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State, and that the smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign, and dare to curse our Prophet, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, and are proud of fighting Islam in France and striking the Muslims in the land of the Caliphate with their planes, which did not help them at all in the streets of Paris and its rotten alleys.