"Stood in a roomful of targets, let the bullets fly, free of guilt and remorse. Knowing you are virtuous, good, and decent. Knowing you’re doing God’s work."(Pg 277) “They do nothing but thumb their prayer beads and recite a book written in a tongue they don’t even understand.” (Pg 17) The blue prayer beads are a symbol for delusion and self-righteousness of the deeply religious Sunni Muslims in the Taliban. They do terrible things but surround themselves with religion to justify themselves.