Thursday, July 01, 2010

On Suicide Bombing

The smartest study you will read this week

Robert Pape of the University of Chicago studied the most recent cases: "The central fact is that overwhelmingly suicide-terrorist attacks are not driven by religion as much as they are by a clear strategic objective: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland. From Lebanon to Sri Lanka to Chechnya to Kashmir to the West Bank, every major suicide-terrorist campaign--over 95 percent of all the incidents--has had as its central objective to compel a democratic state to withdraw."

Read the article here

It makes sense now to see that case while all major Muslim scholars and authorities have condemned the act of suicide bombing, that does not stop them. Which says those people blowing themselves up are not doing it for religion which makes the finding of this study valuable.


Anonymous said...

I think you are right. this case is valuable because the west should know well that religion never encourages the violence and any suicide attack committed under the protest of religion is irrelevant!



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