Suicide Terrorism: A Logical Choice? Essay
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