Suicide Bombers Essay

806 words - 3 pages

Suicide Bombers

     What makes a suicide bomber? Is it religions upbringing with promises of paradise in reward for acts of martyrdom? Is it the parental support he or she receives for his convictions? Is it society with no means of fighting back against oppression and humiliation? ( In this paper I will discuss the characteristics of a suicide bomber, their mission, as well as discuss suicide attacks.

Suicide Bombers
     Suicide bombers are said to believe that God sends them on their missions, and by the time they are ready to be stopped with explosives, they had reached a hypnotic state. ( As one can see, religion is a powerful factor. Though the Koran teaches against taking one's own life, the suicide bombers are seen as martyrs and are said to be living in the heavens. ( However, it is stated that suicide is forbidden in Islam. However, fighting oppression is commendable, harming innocent bystanders, even in times of war, was forbidden by the prophet Muhammad. ( Suicide bombers are very complex. They are never justified in their actions. According to Yediot Aharonot, this is the profile of a typical suicide bomber:
1.     97% of the suicide bombers have an academic education and an additional 28% have at least a high school education.
2.     83% of suicide bombers are single.
3.     64% of the suicide bombers are between the ages 18-23; most of the rest are under 30 years of age, and
4.     68% of the suicide bombers have come from the Gaza Strip. (
Suicide bombers carry explosives on his/her body or in a vehicle driven by his/herself and, by personal choice and with full self-awareness, approach a previously chosen target and blows his/herself up. (Yoram Schweitzer, ICT Researcher) The suicide bomber, in accordance with prevailing circumstances, chooses the time and place to execute the explosion so that it will cause the maximum damage to the target. (
     According to Edwin Schneidman, there are ten characteristics of suicide: (?Definition of Suicide? 1985)
1.     The common stimulus is ?unendurable psychological pain.?
2.     The common stress in suicide is ?frustrated psychological need.?
3.     The common purpose of suicide is ?to seek a solution.?
4.     The common goal of suicide is ?cessation of consciousness.?
5.     The common emotion in suicide is ?hopelessness-helplessness.?
6.     The common internal attitude toward suicide is ?ambivalence.?
7.     The common cognitive state in suicide is ?constriction.?
8.     The common interpersonal act in suicide is ?communication of intrusion.?
9.     The common action in suicide is ?egression? (a way out).
10.     The common...

Find Another Essay On Suicide Bombers

The Cult of The Suicide Bomber an Article by Robert Fisk

1277 words - 5 pages Robert Fisks’ article “The cult of the suicide bomber” , published in 2008, addresses the rise and a cult like glorification of suicide bombers in the Middle East. Fisk posits that this increase is, in part, due to the US and their coalition forces declaration of a ‘war on terror’. Fisk offers a unique perspective on the life of a man, Khaled, conditioned to be a suicide bomber. The article touches on the social influences, culture and family

Country of Terror Essay

693 words - 3 pages choose the country of Russia to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and athletes from around the globe. This potential terrorist event has great significance to everyone attending the Olympics and will have detrimental effects if it actually occurs. In the weeks nearing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Russian security enforcers have been searching for Muslim suicide bombers. These bombers are planning to terrorize the host city of Sochi

Suicide Bomber

2066 words - 8 pages was immediately opposed. Violence is something frowned upon by Islam outside of war. Killing innocent civilians was something that troubled Amin. Through his studies, he found justification for suicide bombing: since every Israeli was a possible soldier due to universal conscription, there were no such things as Israeli civilians, which justified killing under Islamic law. It was also the most effective way of fighting. Bombers could instill fear

Terrorism: Will We Ever Be Able to Defeat It?

1315 words - 5 pages in Lebanon. (1) Hamas, a social, economic, and military organization, conducted their first suicide bombings in January 2001. Hamas continued their bombings further into the decade with their targets being civilians and military personnel. The majority of bombers have come from a low social economic status, were between ages 18-27, were single, unemployed, high school graduates and were students in Islamic fundamentalist schools or centers

The Power of Nonviolent Resistance (NVR)

1365 words - 5 pages apparent to the Americans until the Buddhists began sacrificing themselves in Saigon’s public streets. The pictures of the monks engulfed in flames made world headlines and caused American intervention; and later the capture and killing of Diem and his brother. In contrast to these acts of civil disobedience, one can observe the actions of suicide bombers. In the Palestinian territories, those who support suicide bombing claim that it is merely a

Overview and Comparison of Three Types of Terrorism

2067 words - 8 pages hijackings, and operations against civilians (ADL, 2013). Usually all of Al Qaeda’s attacks are well planned and thought out. Some are planned for months or even years (ADL, 2013). Such as 9/11, the plans for the 9/11 attacks began in 1996 (ADL, 2013). Al Qaeda planned and organized the attacks for nearly five years before initiating action. Al Qaeda’s most distinguishable terrorist tactic is to have an attack with a number of suicide bombers to

Palestine and Israel

1257 words - 5 pages kill innocent Palestinians on streets and bomb and destroy their buildings as well. In the case of Israel and Palestine, both of them claim that they are right. However, both are equally guilty of terrorism. This is demonstrated when the Palestinians send suicide bombers into Israel and Israel strikes back at the Palestinian army and civilians. They both believe God is on their side, so they think that what they are doing is right. In addition

WWII Battle of the Bulge

1795 words - 8 pages the Germans with tanks.(Tank Warfare 52-66) While the Allies were over whelming the Germans with tanks, they also were dominating the air war. The German Luftwaffe or the German air force had been battered and beaten against the Soviets, the Allies were bombing constantly, and also had two weapons. These weapons were fighter bombers and p-51 mustangs these are airplanes. They used the mustangs to escort the bombers over Germany for bombing raids

"Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature," in the July issue of Psychology Today Alan S. Miller

961 words - 4 pages with sound reasons. Speculation may be interesting over a beer, but it does not make for good philosophy.Miller uses the idea of polygamy to explain the motives of suicide bombers in the Middle East when it is not even common in Muslim cultures. Postulating that this explains suicide bombers from those cultures is a stretch at best. The amount of polygamy practiced in such cultures is not nearly enough to have a significant impact on the population

Somethings Betther

536 words - 2 pages response to a series of deadly suicide bombings.The army says it has netted two anti-tank grenade launchers and 50 grenades, 26 machine guns, 9 bombs, four belts for suicide bombers, dozens of boxes of ammunition, explosives and 2,000 rifles and pistols.But pressure is building to end the operation - with the UN Security Council unanimously passing a resolution calling on Israel to pull back "without delay".It is the third time in a month the US


1148 words - 5 pages encourage his current force. This version completely differs completely from current suicide bombers. In current time suicide bombers are willing to take their own life to prove a point to those individuals they target. It can be found in the Koran, that God promises Muslims who sacrifice themselves for Islam they shall live a never ending life in paradise. This is the exact opposite of what is found in the Bible. Islamic followers are taught at a

Similar Essays

What Motivate Suicide Bombers? Essay

998 words - 4 pages The idea of killing oneself for a cause is unimaginable for most people; however, for some individuals, it is a heroic act. Young men, women, and even children have taken their own lives enacting this fatalistic practice. Suicide bombers truly define the meaning of the word terror. This phenomenon is far from new to the world, in World War 2; Japanese pilots called kamikazes voluntarily committed suicide by slamming their planes into American

Suicide Bombers: What Makes Them Tick?

1703 words - 7 pages it was religiously supported. The Qur’an says that Muslims cannot kill themselves because they will not go to paradise. However, fighting and dying for one’s country makes them a hero. Suicide bombers of that time, and still today justify their actions using the excuse that they are fighting for their country (MacEoin 15-24). One may wonder how you become a suicide bomber. Many people think that these men or women just decide to strap bombs to

Pakistani Suicide Bombers Can Be Stopped

1450 words - 6 pages promise of an abundance of riches and “the land flowing with milk and honey” (Obaid-Chinoy). Suicide bombers in Pakistan and all across the world have three major unspoken reasons for doing what they do. These reasons are poverty, religious conflict, and nationalism. The first and foremost reason is poverty. Poverty is a huge issue all across the world and it is not going away anytime soon. These Pakistani families send their sons off to the

Child Soldiers/Suicide Bombers: The Brave And Courageous

922 words - 4 pages Children are usually viewed as young people that do not have very much to think about, or have much responsibility. That is not the case for these individuals. In fact, child soldiers/suicide bombers are almost the exact opposite. A child soldier is defined as “anyone under the age of 18 who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity” (Human Rights). They are put through hardship in which they do not