Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Cause Of Suicide Bombings? Military Occupation Says Researcher : The Two-Way : NPR
University of Chicago Professor Robert Pape has a novel idea: If you want to stop suicide bombings, withdraw American troops. Pape says his data shows the biggest cause of suicide attacks is military occupation. From Politico:
Pape and his team of researchers draw on data produced by a six-year study of suicide terrorist attacks around the world that was partially funded by the Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency. They have compiled the terrorism statistics in a publicly available database comprising some 10,000 records on some 2,200 suicide terrorism attacks, dating back to the first suicide terrorism attack of modern times — the 1983 truck bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 241 U.S. Marines.
"We have lots of evidence now that when you put the foreign military presence in, it triggers suicide terrorism campaigns, ... and that when the foreign forces leave, it takes away almost 100 percent of the terrorist campaign," Pape said in an interview last week on his findings.