The Puzzle of the Suicide Bomber

(Washington Post) Anne Applebaum - Wearing a white headscarf, speaking in a monotone, Sajida Rishawi described on Jordanian television how she and her husband, an Iraqi linked to the insurgent Abu Musab Zarqawi, had prepared to blow themselves up in Amman. To stop the Rishawis of the future, her community - her family, her compatriots, the Jordanians marching in the streets last week - must change the culture that celebrates self-immolation and that sick form of honor and pride. If the desire for murderous glory is what makes suicide bombers act as they do, then scorn from all across the Muslim world on whose behalf she thought she was acting is the only lasting deterrent.

2005-11-18 00:00:00

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