As we age, we become authorities on the subject of love, or come to the conclusion that it confuses the hell out of us, when we get it wrong time after time. Love is an adventure most of us embark on at least once in our lifetime. To be lucky in love is to find the right partner with whom you share life's trial and tribulations - growing old together. The heart wants what the heart wants ... which hopefully is the path to happiness not destruction. In the end, partners pass on leaving us to tap into our spiritual self to create continuity, if desired. Soulmates await reunion in the "afterlife" as they further expand their knowledge of how reality works.
Brain chemistry (programming)
Romanic love does strange things to people - from brain chemistry (dopamine) to the programmed behavior that ensues. Some say we are blinded by love - or what we believe is love - but in hindsight those involved in negatively programmed scenarios learn tough lessons at great personal cost. It's the stuff romantic novels, screen plays, and other forms of media bring to life ... and death.
Murder and mayhem
There have been endless stories throughout history of notorious couples often seen as romantic adventures to some but to others as folly. What comes to mind are the adventures of Bonnie and Clyde American criminals who traveled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted.
You may remember the 2015 case of Joyce Mitchell, who aided the prison break of her lover going to prison herself. Mitchell helped two convicted murderers escape an upstate New York prison. A large portion of the local population were terrorized, many forced to flee their homes. Some did not not have places to go, and had to rent hotel rooms or leave the area. Many residents did not sleep for many nights, afraid that these two extremely violent individuals might be outside their homes. Law enforcement officers came from all over the country. They traversed very inhospitable territory, never knowing if the next step they took in deeply wooded areas might be their last.
Present day ... radicalizing love
Many have become radicalized by ISIS - each reacting based on their programming. Is it to make a difference - a force that guides human behavior? In the name of a mythological god? Anger and frustration at global situations? Feeling there is nothing to live for? Mental illness? Substance or other abuse? How about in the name of Love? The story currently unfolding reads like something from a movie script, but it's real with a unique twist.
The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist CNN - May 1, 2017
An FBI translator with a top-secret security clearance traveled to Syria in 2014 and married a key ISIS operative she had been assigned to investigate. The rogue employee, Daniela Greene, lied to the FBI about where she was going and warned her new husband he was under investigation, according to federal court records. Greene's saga, which has never been publicized, exposes an embarrassing breach of national security at the FBI - an agency that has made its mission rooting out ISIS sympathizers across the country. It also raises questions about whether Greene received favorable treatment from Justice Department prosecutors who charged her with a relatively minor offense, then asked a judge to give her a reduced sentence in exchange for her cooperation, the details of which remain shrouded in court-ordered secrecy.
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