POLS 4382 – Politics of Terrorism
Week 8 Notes
∙ Suicide terrorism is NOT a new phenomenon
∙ It is not a strictly religiouslymotivated activity – Not only ISLAM
∙ It is however, more common among religious terrorists and extremists than nonreligious groups
∙ Suicide Terrorism is on the rise
∙ While religious motives matter, they are NOT the only ones ∙ Tamil Tigers = seen as being the world leader in suicide terrorism (motivated by separatism) Don't forget about the age old question of When was the farmers alliance organized?
∙ Suicide bombers: No real profile
o Tend to be male, 1823, single. BUT can be any race, color, sex, can be females, bombers often alter their appearance to blend in
∙ Robert Pape wrote an article about why suicide terrorism happens
o Pape’s article concluded that suicide terrorism happens because (1) it works & (2) it is more likely to happen against democracies or partial democracies Why in democracies or partial democracies?
B/C democracies have freedom of the press and the news media won’t cover your attack – so why even attack in a country that isn’t free?
∙ Pape was wrong. Turns out democracy doesn’t matter – also Muslim states experience more suicide terrorism that others – so it’s not a religious tool against the west
∙ Suicide Terrorism is a strategy – not just a single tactice ∙ Designed to coerce modern governments to make concessions
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Don't forget about the age old question of How does religion influence cultural system?
∙ It has been on the rise the past 20 years If you want to learn more check out How does magnification affect the quality of an image?
∙ Containing suicide terrorism may require reducing terrorist confidence that they will be successful
∙ Targets vary
∙ How to prevent? Be more attentive!