Is Suicide Bombing Motivated by Religion?

Dying to Win
Robert Pape’s “Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism” 

A lot of people like to attribute suicide bombing to religion. Is that a fair charge? I will answer that question right now.

No.

In fact, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Marxist-Leninist group whose members are from Hindu families but who are adamantly opposed to religion, are leading in the numbers of suicide terrorism.

www.columbia.edu/itc/journalism/stille/Politics%20Fall%202007/readings%20weeks%206-7/Strategic%20Logic%20of%20Suicide%20Missions.pdf

Here’s a basic summary of the paper published above.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865632373/Is-suicide-bombing-in-the-Middle-East-really-motivated-by-religion.html?pg=all 

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One thought on “Is Suicide Bombing Motivated by Religion?

  1. You are right with one exception. Islam.
    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams asked the Ambassador of Tripoli why they were attacking U.S. merchant ships and enslaving the sailors without provocation from the U.S.

    Thomas Jefferson then wrote a letter to John Jay that read:

    “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

    This is loosely based upon the Qur’an’s teaching from Surah 47:4 which reads,

    “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”

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