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Almost every week, suicide bombers attack. We know the danger—suicide attacks kill more people than all other forms of terrorism—and in response we have sacrificed the lives of soldiers and civilians, trillions of dollars, and America’s reputation abroad in a futile quest for absolute security. But do we really understand what drives people to deliberately kill themselves on a mission to harm the innocent?
Cutting the Fuse offers a wealth of new knowledge about the origins of suicide terrorism and strategies to stop it. Robert A. Pape, James K. Feldman, and the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism have examined every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009. Their work fundamentally changes how we understand the root causes of the most important terrorist campaigns today and reveals why the War on Terror has been ultimately counterproductive.
Since 2004, the number of suicide attacks—whether within a country or transnational—has grown with shocking speed. Through a close analysis of suicide campaigns by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka, the authors provide powerful new evidence that, contrary to popular and dangerously mistaken belief, only a tiny minority of these attacks are motivated solely by religion. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people alike to carry out suicide attacks.
Cutting the Fuse calls for new, effective solutions that America and its allies can sustain for decades, relying less on ground troops in Muslim countries and more on off-shore, over-the-horizon military forces along with political and economic strategies to empower local communities to stop terrorists in their midst.
"In this most welcome contribution to a growing body of literature, Pape and Feldman serve up a novel, compelling analysis of the root causes of suicide terrorism. The authors challenge the assumption that Islamic fundamentalism generates the peculiar phenomenon of suicide terrorism, suggesting instead that military occupation is the proximate cause. The book picks up where coauthor Pape left off in his previous, groundbreaking work, Dying to Win and is most remarkable for its thorough research and extensive scholarship."--Choice
One of The Huffington Post's Best Social and Political Awareness Books of 2010
Introduction. Why Focus on Suicide Terrorism
Part I. Analytic Overview
Chapter 1. Why Occupation Ignites Suicide Terrorism
Chapter 2. What Really Motivates Transnational Suicide Terrorists
Part II. The Largest Suicide Terrorist Campaigns
Chapter 3. Iraq
Chapter 4. Iraq
Chapter 5. Pakistan
Chapter 6. Al Qaeda
Chapter 7. Lebanon
Chapter 8. Israel and Palestine
Chapter 9. Chechnya
Chapter 10. Sri Lanka
Conclusion. The End of Fear, the Beginning of Understanding
Posted July 10, 2011
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