Monday, July 18, 2005

The reason for suicide bombers

Two more studies have produced results consistent with the research of Robert Pape regarding suicide bombers. From an article by Bryan Bender:

"New investigations by the Saudi Arabian government and an Israeli think tank - both of which painstakingly analyzed the backgrounds and motivations of hundreds of foreigners entering Iraq to fight the United States - have found that the vast majority of these foreign fighters are not former terrorists and became radicalized by the war itself."

and (my emphasis in bold):

". . . interrogations of nearly 300 Saudis captured while trying to sneak into Iraq and case studies of more than three dozen others who blew themselves up in suicide attacks show that most were heeding the calls from clerics and activists to drive infidels out of Arab land, according to a study by Saudi investigator Nawaf Obaid, a US-trained analyst who was commissioned by the Saudi government and given access to Saudi officials and intelligence.

A separate Israeli analysis of 154 foreign fighters compiled by a leading terrorism researcher found that despite the presence of some senior Al Qaeda operatives who are organizing the volunteers, 'the vast majority of [non-Iraqi] Arabs killed in Iraq have never taken part in any terrorist activity prior to their arrival in Iraq.'"


"American intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, and terrorism specialists paint a similar portrait of the suicide bombers wreaking havoc in Iraq: Prior to the Iraq war, they were not Islamic extremists seeking to attack the United States, as Al Qaeda did four years ago, but are part of a new generation of terrorists responding to calls to defend their fellow Muslims from 'crusaders' and 'infidels.'"

The issue is foreign occupation of Arab land, whether it be Iraq or Palestine. If you really want to end terrorist attacks, the only way to do so is to stop the occupations. The constant Zionist - and I call it Zionist because I'm afraid that that it what it is - exhortations to fight the 'war on terror' by engaging in more wars and more occupations will simply make the problem worse.