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Female Suicide Bombers

by U S Government

About this title: Original publisher: Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, [2004] OCLC Number: (OCoLC)56020054 Subject: Women suicide bombers. Excerpt: ... 43 need complete control of all their conditioning, usually from the time they are 11 or 12. " At the same time, however, the Russians obviate their own argument by noting that the Chechen insurgency hasn't been going on long enough to " grow " the number of female suicide bombers who have attacked 44 them. Other Russians believe that the female suicide bombers are " sold " to terrorist organizations, drugged to perform such acts, and / or raped and blackmailed if they do not participate. Finally, as one journalist describing the Black Widows concluded, " There are so many theories to explain the women's 45 motivation that it is impossible to sort through them. " Why Become a Suicide Bomber? 46 There are " religious, nationalistic, economic, social, and personal rewards " for suicide bombers. Researchers believe there are " few differences between a man and a woman carrying out such a mission. It may be a surprise, but motivations are the same: they do believe, they are committed, they 47 are patriotic, and this is combined with a religious duty. " Religious terrorism is a particularly potent form of violence; religion offers the moral justifi cation for committing seemingly immoral acts. Nationalistic fanatics court suicide bombers and use rhetoric 48 to stir up feelings of patriotism, hatred of the enemy, and a profound sense of victimization. Suicide bombers then see their own actions as being driven by a higher order; they believe their sacrifi ce will 49 provide rewards for them in the afterlife. Devout Muslims believe that, in death, every martyr, male or female, is welcomed by a minimum of 70 apparitions ( houri-el-ein ) of unnatural beauty who wipe away the martyrs ' sins, open the gates of heaven, and provide them with all the pleasures that God has 50 given to mankind. Beyond religious...

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