Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another interesting ZCom article, and it includes interesting data on suicide bombers

http://www.zcommunications.org/dying-to-win-by-ramzy-baroud

The article is mainly about Newt Gingrich and his feigned expert status, with regard to international politics. Gingrich has always infuriated me with his pied piper genius, so the article was refreshing to read.

Most interesting of all, however, was the article's data on suicide bombers.

In Dying to Win: Why Suicide Terrorists Do It, an exhaustive study on the issue of suicide terrorism, American author, who also heads the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) at the University of Chicago, Robert A. Pape writes: The data show that there is little connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, or any one of the worlds religions. In fact, the leading instigators of suicide attacks are the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, a Marxist-Leninist group whose members are from Hindu families but who are adamantly opposed to religion.


One of his seemingly novel conclusions was:

Rather, what nearly all suicide terrorist attacks have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland.


No, Mr. Gingrich, terrorism is not a term you simply lob at your enemies for cheap political gains. Its a real problem, with real roots and real casualties. And like any problem, it needs to be properly understood, realistically assessed and wisely confronted.


Well said, author.

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