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09 August 2006
Suicide bombers are not Islamicists, a study shows
Contrary to warmonger belief, most suicide bombers are not Islamic extremists; rather they are nationalists who hate foreign occupation. Robert Pape has conducted a study of the tactic and has found that out of 41 recorded suicide bombers in Lebanon, only eight were fundamentalists. A massive 27 were political leftists and three were Christians. The ideology of the remaining three is unknown.

Pape goes on to argue that:
What these suicide attackers - and their heirs today - shared was not a religious or political ideology but simply a commitment to resisting a foreign occupation. Nearly two decades of Israeli military presence did not root out Hizbollah. The only thing that has proven to end suicide attacks, in Lebanon and elsewhere, is withdrawal by the occupying force.
Hand shandyists for war are going to be annoyed at these findings, but all they show is the truth of the old axiom that when the fucking foreigners land on the shore the people put aside their differences to get them out. Once that has been done everyone goes back to hating each other as before.

Not surprising at all. Religious ideology is just a culturally-rooted expression of class POV. Which is why, with the Left driven from the scene all over the world by a vicious Imperialist campaign, petit-bourgeois nationalists who think in religious terms naturally fill the vacuum. And as naturally too, all forces who identify with their nation -- including not-too-advanced Leftists (because advanced Leftists would not engage in terrorism against non-combatants -- i.e. future possible komrads) -- would engage imperialist forces in some kind of front, broad or otherwise -- even using these methods.

Of course, it's more important to work to help raise the masses' class consciousness; but that's thankless, dangerous work, with little payoff for years and years. So some people foolishly 'go for the gusto'.

However, our job for a long time should have been to openly and loudly paint the imperialists as the state terrorists they really, truly are -- each and every day; and twice on Sundays. And it still is our job. One of them.

11 August 2006 at 23:53  

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