I am doing a project on Terrorists (suicide). Any suggestions...?I am doing a project on Terrorists (suicide). Any suggestions...?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would consider adding the expectation of the afterlife in different religions.  In America, we often ridicule the suicide bombers' afterlife.  Christians have their own.  How is our concept of Heaven different?  How do other religions treat suicide and the afterlife?  This might help us to better understand that element of "why they do it" for suicide bombers.

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In addition to the other reflections upon this topic, the exploration of the search for identity outside oneself rather than within is intriguing.  What is it about the terrorists that they find identity only in acting outside their individuality?  Why do they act only as agents for a cause?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Have you considered taking this from the criminal mind point of view?  Perhaps a psychological profile of this sort of terrorism, what they are likely to be thinking, how they would most likely be triggered or conditioned, how to successfully untrigger them to avoid the event...just thinking out loud here.  It's fascinating to me that people can be so brainwashed that they are willing to kill themselves along with as many innocents as possible to make a point. 

Good Luck on your project!

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would agree that motivation needs to be a key component of your research paper. I wonder if you might find it useful to draw a comparison between suicide bombers today and the infamous Japanese kamikaze pilots who sacrificed themselves deliberately to try and cause as much enemy damage as possible. Presumably there might be useful links that you could draw that would help your research project.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There is an article in Foreign Affairs, "It's the Occupation Stupid" that outlines some of the more recent thinking on the topic, particularly regarding the motivation for increased acts of suicidal terrorism.  It was a particularly insightful look at the topic and one that brings up topics many American news outlets are hesitant to suggest so it would be worth looking up.  Even if you don't agree with its conclusions, it provides a lot of interesting information and other possible sources.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Studying the motivations of suicide bombers in committing acts of terrorism definitely would be an important part of a project on the topic. In researching that, you might find information about "terrorists schools" that indoctrinate young people and effectively groom them to perform acts of terrorism, including suicide missions. I've wondered if there are similarities between the creation of today's suicide bombers and the creation of Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II. Also, it might be interesting to profile terrorists who accept suicide missions, if the information is available. For instance, do they fall into a particular age range?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If I were writing a paper on suicide terrorism, my topic would be the causes of this type of terrorism -- that is, what makes a person want to or be willing to engage in this sort of terrorist act.

This is a subject that is both fascinating and very important.  It is fascinating because it really goes against human nature (as I understand it) to kill yourself.  Therefore, it would be interesting to know what motivates people to do this.  It would be important because we need to know how to prevent suicide attacks as much as possible.  If we could know what motivates people to commit such atrocities, we would be more likely to be able to prevent them from occurring.

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Studying the motivations of suicide bombers in committing acts of terrorism definitely would be an important part of a project on the topic. In researching that, you might find information about "terrorists schools" that indoctrinate young people and effectively groom them to perform acts of terrorism, including suicide missions. I've wondered if there are similarities between the creation of today's suicide bombers and the creation of Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II. Also, it might be interesting to profile terrorists who accept suicide missions, if the information is available. For instance, do they fall into a particular age range?

I wondered the same thing. Suicide bombings are getting more commong amongst children. It scares me.

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blueeyedcoach | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

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If I were writing a paper on suicide terrorism, my topic would be the causes of this type of terrorism -- that is, what makes a person want to or be willing to engage in this sort of terrorist act.

This is a subject that is both fascinating and very important.  It is fascinating because it really goes against human nature (as I understand it) to kill yourself.  Therefore, it would be interesting to know what motivates people to do this.  It would be important because we need to know how to prevent suicide attacks as much as possible.  If we could know what motivates people to commit such atrocities, we would be more likely to be able to prevent them from occurring.

I like that, thank you very much.

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