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University of Chicago professor Robert Pape compiled the first complete database of all suicide-terrorism since 1980, over two years 2004-5, into his study, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism.

The study indicated that the vast majority of such suicide attacks that were described as "terrorist?" attacks (95 per cent of those so described) were driven not by fundamentalist beliefs, but by a clear political objective. From Lebanon? to Iraq? to 9-11, Pape concluded that the driving force of terrorism was the aim of compelling "modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland."

Accordingly:
  • most so-called "terrorism" is an attempt at asymmetric warfare?, effective or not
  • eliminating war of aggression and any occupation? by un-elected "authority" is probably the only route to peace?
  • rhetoric of ritual suicide is probably only a cover or post-facto rationalization? for the action, and a means to recruit?.


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