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Reading Question #1 - GOV 365N Suicide Terrorism Reading...

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GOV 365N – Suicide Terrorism Reading Question #1 I think that narrow definition of “suicide terrorism” is the most appropriate and academically useful. This definition has two conditions: a willingness to kill and a willingness to die and requires that the act of killing and the act of dying occur as a part of the same mission. The death of the perpetrator at the time of the attack is essential for defining “suicide terrorism” because even if the attacker proclaims his willingness to die, this all could be used as propaganda and not his genuine desire. The attacker must die from the device he detonated, such as a bomb under his shirt, and not from being killed by bystanders or in prison after a failed attack. Also, the attack must be carried out against civilians and not military or state personnel. Having the definition only be applicable to the civilian sector takes away the argument that the attack was perpetrated as part of a military operation and therefore should not be called “terrorism”. I agree with Moghadam that there are two cases when the term “suicide attack” should be
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