Suicide Terrorism / Edition 1

Suicide Terrorism / Edition 1

by Ami Pedahzur, Gareth Schott
     
 

Suicide terrorism in its modern form made its first appearance in Lebanon in the early 1980s. Over the last quarter century, terrorist attacks perpetrated by suicide bombers have spread to many corners of the world and have become a major threat for both the governments and citizens of numerous countries.

But what brings leaders of terrorist organisations to

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Overview

Suicide terrorism in its modern form made its first appearance in Lebanon in the early 1980s. Over the last quarter century, terrorist attacks perpetrated by suicide bombers have spread to many corners of the world and have become a major threat for both the governments and citizens of numerous countries.

But what brings leaders of terrorist organisations to initiate campaigns of suicide terrorism? Can this devastating phenomenon be attributed to a specific religion or culture? What are the causes and motivations that lead ordinary people to embark upon suicide attacks? How are potential bombers trained for their mission? And is it possible for democratic governments to effectively cope with this challenge?

In this compelling book, Ami Pedazhur investigates the root causes of suicide terrorism and its rapid proliferation in recent years. Drawing on a variety of sources, the book explores the use of human bombs in Lebanon, Israel, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Chechnya, Iraq, and the ostentatious attacks of Al-Qaeda and the global jihad. It is the only book to offer such an in-depth, up-to-date, cross cultural analysis of suicide terrorism in the 21st Century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745633831
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Figures
  • Chapter 1 - What is Suicide Terrorism?
  • The Symbiosis between Terror and Death
  • What is Suicide Terrorism?
  • General Features of Suicide Terrorism in the World
  • Tactical Features of Suicide Terrorism
  • Methods of Operation
  • Targets of Suicide Terrorism
  • Plan of the Book
  • Chapter 2 - How Can Suicide Terrorism Be Explained?
  • Strategic-Rational Decision-Making
  • The Social-Cultural Aspect
  • Recruitment of the Potential Suicide Bomber
  • The Organisational Procedure
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3 - Turning to Suicide Terrorism: Hezbollah and thePalestinian Organisations
  • Founding Fathers of Modern-Day Suicide Terrorism - TheHezbollah in Lebanon
  • Suicide Terrorism - A Winning Strategy
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool for Gaining Power in PoliticalArenas in Lebanon and the Middle East
  • External or Internal Struggle? Suicide Terrorism in thePalestinian Arena
  • Suicide Terrorism - A Strategy for Advancing the PeaceProcess?
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Strategy in the Contemporaneous Struggleagainst both Israel and the Palestinian Authority
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in Rivalry among Organisations -The Case of the Al-Aqsa Intifada
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4 - Turning to Suicide Terrorism - The LTTE and thePKK
  • Overall Strategy or a Specific Tactic? - Suicide Terrorism ofthe LTTE in Sri Lanka
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in the Tamil Minority's Strugglefor Independence
  • Suicide Terrorism and the Tamil Political Arena
  • Factors Leading to the LTTE's Suspension of SuicideAttacks
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Means of Organisational Survival - ThePKK in Turkey
  • Popular Support, Member Morale or Strategic Interest? The PKK'sOpting for Suicide Terrorism
  • The Role of Turkish Policy in Thwarting Further PKK SuicideActions
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5 - The Transition to Suicide Terrorism: Al-Qaeda andthe Network of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
  • The Strategy of Ostentatious Suicide Terrorism - The Al-QaedaOrganisation
  • Suicide Terrorism of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6 - Who Becomes a Suicide Terrorist?
  • Preconditions for the Emergence of Suicide TerrorismCommitmentas a Motivation for Suicide Attacks
  • Personal Motivation for Suicide Attacks
  • Financial Crisis as Motivation
  • Personal Crisis as Motivation
  • Revenge as Motivation
  • An Analysis of the Motivations of Palestinian SuicideBombers
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7 - The Recruitment and Socialisation of the SuicideTerrorist
  • The Environmental Setting of Suicide Terrorism
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Dispatching
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8 - The Consequences of Suicide TerrorismAfterword
  • The Effects of Suicide Terrorism
  • The Response to Suicide Terrorism
  • Short-Term Offensive Responses
  • Short-Term Defensive Responses
  • Long-Term Offensive Responses
  • Long-Term Defensive Responses
  • Notes
  • Appendix: Suicide Bombings
  • Index

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