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Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It
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Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It

by Robert A. Pape, James K. Feldman
 

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ISBN-10: 0226645606

ISBN-13: 9780226645605

Pub. Date: 10/15/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226645605
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Series:
Chicago Series on International and Domestic Institutions
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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

Index

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