Suicide Terrorism: A Logical Choice? Essay

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Robert Paper argues that, in a way, suicide terrorism can be a logical choice for the individual carrying out the attack. When contemplating whether or not suicide terrorism can be a logical choice, you must be able to put yourself in the place of the “terrorist”. Whether or not someone is considered a terrorist can be a very subjective view, especially from the viewpoint of the person or group that is being terrorized. This requires the observer to exude empathy.We may look at Osama Bin Laden as a terrorist, but to him, he was doing the work of his “God”. The person considered to be a terrorist could be revered as a martyr in their community; someone who ultimately gave their life to perpetuate a particular faith or ideal. While, being a …show more content…
Increase in Suicide Terrorism
Terrorist activities, in general, have been around as long as there have been disagreements between people. However, in latest recorded history, there has been an identifiable increase in the number of attacks orchestrated that involve the use of suicide terrorism.
Since the attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut in April 1983, there have been at least 188 separate suicide terrorist attacks worldwide, in Lebanon, Israel, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Turkey, Russia and the United States. The rate has increased from 31 in the 1980s, to 104 in the 1990s, to 53 in 2000–2001 alone (Pape, 2003, pp.343).
With the number of attacks, increasing, there comes a need to address the issue. There needs to be some sort of explanation for the increase in attacks. Are the terrorists seeing a direct benefit from the orchestration of these attacks? Or are they simply doing this in order to try to “scare” and murder the innocent?
During the 1980’s and 1990’s there was increasing developments in how one could explain the suicide terrorism activities taking place. The information acquired during this period led to explanations consistent with both the time period, and the evidence collected. During the later timeframe involved, specifically, the 90’s and upward; these explanations were becoming far too

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