The Suicide Terrorism And Islamic Fundamentalism

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In Dying To Win, Robert A. Pape challenges the views about why suicide terrorists do what they do and to whom. Pape is trying to convey that "suicide terrorism is rising around the world" (Pape pg. 6). Since many terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by Muslim terrorist motivated by religious beliefs, it makes people think that Islamic fundamentalism is the central cause. The connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism is incorrect, and encourage foreign countries to harm many Muslims people that are harmless. The author has assembled a database that accounts “every suicide bombing and attack around the globe from 1980 through 2003” (Pape pg. 7). There were 315 of terrorist suicide attacks at all. Pape believes that the data proves that there is little connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism. Pape spends a sufficient time on many chapter of the book explaining to the reader that foreign occupation is the cause of suicide terrorism. The main agitator of suicide attacks is “the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, a Marxist-Leninist group whose members are from Hindu families but who are adamantly opposed to religion” (Pape pg. 9). The Tamil Tigers committed 76 of the 315 suicide attacks. The author clearly and convincingly gets his message across by supporting his ideas using a database of the suicide attacks. The database helps the reader knows what all terrorist attacks have in common. All suicide attacks have in common that “terrorist want to force modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland” (Pape pg. 9). Religion is used by terrorists to recruit. Pape believes that it 's important that Americans understand this growing phe... ... middle of paper ... ...e use their power to occupy a weak state just because they feel threatened by their ideology. The author is very complete about covering this critical subject in giving a detail information by using tables and a database that he compiled to support his ideas that foreign occupation is the main cause of suicide terrorism. The concepts in the book are clearly defined and defended by the author by using a database that he compiled. The database helps the reader to understand what are the motives of suicide terrorists. Terrorists feel that urge to attack innocent people when a foreign state occupy their homeland. The author provides sufficient evidence that is very useful to get an idea of how to deal with suicide terrorism. The book has a lot of information that many books do not have such as the database. The book is very useful, and its supported by some politicians.
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