"I have pondered the question of why anyone would want to sacrifice their life for a political ideal and until now I have not come up with any satisfactory answers."
Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, George Washington, and every person who fought in the American Revolution. All gay. Boy, this puts a whole new complexion on the reason for freeing America from oppressive British rule! It wasn't to free the population from outside rule and punitive taxes, it was to allow a countrywide homosexual orgy!
Maybe there weren't political reasons after all. Maybe it was the thought of crashing into a pair of big penis-substitutes in the middle of a city which appealed to them. Or maybe they didn't believe they'd crash, and if they were strong in faith then God would let them pass through without injury. Or maybe they thought the shock-waves would pass through the Earth and vibrate the Lottery machines enough to influence all the results and make their relatives rich. I can think up a zillion of these, each more bizarre than the next, and they'll all be as valid as your suggestion, ie. a load of bollocks.