Suicide Missions (Bombers) as a Terrorist Tactic

 Suicide Missions vs. Suicidal MissionsSuicide missions can be defined as attacks that are certain to result in the death of the individual or individuals carrying out the mission. The attacker kills himself, or herself, in order to kill others. Suicide missions should be distinguished from missions that are high risk and are likely, but not certain, to result in death for those taking part. A suicidal mission is not necessarily the same as a suicide mission. A soldier attacking an enemy machine gun emplacement may be said to have undertaken a suicidal mission, but he or she probably expects to survive, no matter how slim the odds. A suicide attacker has no doubt that he or she will die. Many observers would trace the origins of modern suicide missions to the Beirut barracks bombings of 1983 that resulted in the deaths of 241 US Marines and 58 French soldiers.Missions and ConsequencesThe greatest perpetrators of suicide missions include the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, the Tamil…

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Paul Doerr

I was born in Bruce County Ontario and earned my PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1993. I taught for six years at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, before gaining tenure at Acadia...