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Religion, suicide terrorism link disputed in book

A surge in suicide attacks in Iraq and elsewhere around the world is a response to territorial occupation and has no direct link with Islamic fundamentalism, according to the author of a new book who has created a database of such bombings over the past 25 years. Robert Pape, associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago, said most suicide terrorists were well-integrated and productive members of their communities from working-class or middle-class backgrounds. “Technicians, waitresses, security guards, ambulance drivers, paramedics … few are criminals. Most are volunteers whose first act of violence is their very own suicide attack,” Pape told Reuters in an interview. A broad misunderstanding of the issue, he said, is taking the U.S.-led war on terrorism in the wrong direction and could in fact be fueling an increase in suicide terrorism. Full Story

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