What makes suicide bombers tick? Is it religions upbringing with promises of paradise in reward for acts of martyrdom? Is it the parental support he or she receives for his convictions? Is it society with no means of fighting back against oppression and humiliation? (http://www.israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec0049.htm). In this paper I will discuss the characteristics of a suicide bomber, their mission, as well as discuss suicide attacks. Suicide Bombers
Suicide bombers are said to believe that God sends them on their missions, and by the time they are ready to be stopped with explosives, they had reached a hypnotic state. (http://www.israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec0049.htm) As one can see, religion is a powerful factor. Though the Koran teaches against taking one's own life, the suicide bombers are seen as martyrs and are said to be living in the heavens. (http://www.cnn.com/2001/world/hanna.focus) However, it is stated that suicide is forbidden in Islam. However, fighting oppression is commendable, harming innocent bystanders, even in times of war, was forbidden by the prophet Muhammad. (www.israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec0049.htm) Suicide bombers are very complex. They are never justified in their actions. According to Yediot Aharonot, this is the profile of a typical suicide bomber: 1.
97% of the suicide bombers have an academic education and an additional 28% have at least a high school education. 2.
83% of suicide bombers are single.
64% of the suicide bombers are between the ages 18-23; most of the rest are under 30 years of age, and 4.
68% of the suicide bombers have come from the Gaza Strip. (http://www.israelinsider.com) Suicide bombers carry explosives on his/her body or in a vehicle driven by his/herself and, by personal choice and with full self-awareness, approach a previously chosen target and blows his/herself up. (Yoram Schweitzer, ICT Researcher) The suicide bomber, in...
Bibliography: Suicide Bombings, the Ultimate Weapon?, Yoram Schweitzer, ICT Researcher
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Why We Have Become Suicide Bombers- Understanding Palestinian Terror; Dr. Eyad
What Makes Suicide Bombers Tick?; Elise Shuman (www.israelinsider.com)
Suicide Bombers Win Public Honor; Parents Grieve in Private. (www.cnn.com)
The Making of a Suicide Attacker. Are Palestinians Human?; Sam Bahour and Leila Bahour (www.counterpunch.org)
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