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The Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Why did they kill themselves? This is the question that seems to be in everybody’s mind when one person dies in the process or when an act of terrorism suicide takes place which not only takes out the person doing it but many others around him or her. One thing is true in both cases that we will never know, why they did it and what is going through their mind right before they did it. Medical definition on suicide: Suicide is defined as the intentional taking of one's own life. Prior to the late nineteenth century, suicide was legally defined as a criminal act in most Western countries. In the social climate of the early 2000s, however, suicidal behavior is most commonly regarded and responded to as a psychiatric emergency (Farlex 2012). Since the medical definition of suicide is the act of taking your own life, and this issue happens in many different countries and cultures but it is due to relationship, money and the hopelessness that people feel within their current life style and their state of mind, how did it evolved from those main know circumstances to I will kill myself to prove a point and in the process I will take as many other people as possible, it doesn’t really make sense because if they are doing it in order to see their problems solved then how are they going to see it fixed if they are no longer here. I can understand if people commit suicide due to a terminal illness and the only thing that they can look forward before dying is pain due to their body deteriorating but besides that I don’t think that there is anything in the world worth taking my own life. Now, one of the things that I have seen with most of the terrorists committing their atrocities is the lack of education and I said most of them because recently terrorist networks are recruiting well-educated and financial stable people. Why these people do it? I think is their ignorance and their lack of education and research on their political and religious views, their self-confidence is low and regardless of their personal view of the issues they are allowing themselves to be influenced by the few. Some of the acts that happened when I was in Iraq and Afghanistan were guided by fanatic, political and personal interest of the people in charge of the groups that use their own political, financial and religion views according to how they see it fit recruit people and develop in them extremist beliefs by ways of persuasion and manipulation techniques influenced by the recruiters of these factions, these people feel alienated, humiliated and confused about their future and feel that the only escape from all this is to commit suicide in the cause that...
References: 1. Farlex, “The Free Dictionary: Suicide” (2012), http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/suicide (accessed October 15, 2012)
2. US. Army Training and Doctrine Command. “DCSINT Handbook 1.03: Suicide Bombing in the COE” (10 Aug 2006) http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/terrorism/sup3.pdf (accessed October 15, 2012)
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