“Even from a strictly military point of view, it seems strategically of dubious efficiency to undertake operations that in effect guarantee the loss of one’s fighters in every assault. Ideally, for a movement aimed at actual military victory, it would seem to make more sense if, instead of killing themselves in the process of making their attacks, the ‘human bombers’ could have gone on killing many more…in subsequent non-suicidal attacks. Osama bin Laden surely continues to inspire more terror today as potentially alive than he would have had he died in a martyrdom operation in Afghanistan…the strictly military rationality of these operations does not seem necessarily or undividedly the only priority of these self-inflicted deaths (pg. 3).”One can hardly argue with this. There is a certain illogic to using humans as weapons. To launch an offensive guaranteed to cost 100% of one’s mission personnel would not be considered effective military strategy. We know some losses are inevitable in many military conflicts, but here we are talking about 100% loss of personnel sent on the mission each time a suicide bomber attack occurs. If we assume based on the statements above that “human bombers” are not about military strategy, then what are they about? Are they motivated by a view of themselves as reflective of jihadist perspectives of them as being sacrifices and/or “gifts”?Consider this-if you were going to attempt to recruit people to be suicide bombers what would you focus on? How would you get them to want to “sign up”? What methods, media and messages would you use in your recruitment campaign?300 word minimum
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