How to Defeat Suicide Bombers

(Commentary) Max Boot - A suicide bomber set off his explosives outside the Manchester Arena while concert-goers were leaving after the performance. This indicates the limits of security measures: While it's possible to screen those going inside, there will always be vulnerability outside the security checkpoint. In Iraq, lines of people waiting to go through security checkpoints were often struck by suicide bombers. Israel found itself under incessant assault from suicide bombers during the Second Intifada (2000-2005) and figured out how to defeat this terrible menace through a combination of offensive and defensive security measures. The number of suicide attacks in Israel fell from 53 in 2002 to none by 2009, through still-ongoing efforts by the IDF to disrupt West Bank terror cells before they can strike. What the Israelis learned is that suicide bombers do not work alone: they require other people for indoctrination and preparation. Stop those other people - who are not suicidal - and you can prevent the human fuse from being lit.

2017-05-24 00:00:00

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