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Terrorism Works Against Democracies

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    "Television and newspaper reports show bloody images of the damage wreaked by suicide bombers, and we wonder how human beings could choose to give up their lives that way, using their bodies as weapons. Many believe religious motives, specifically Islamic fundamentalism, play a part, but the world leader in suicide terrorism actually is the Marxist-Leninist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam..."

    Ever since Emil Durkheim wrote about the 'social facts' which accounted for very different rates of suicide among different European groups in 1897, suicide has been a topic of academic study.

    While much work has centered on the Middle East, and the United States searches for a program to counter suicide terrorism, a <a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0212/research/invest-terror.html">recent University of Chicago study</a> presents new evidence which seems to show that suicide terrorism is effective even (or especially) against hawkish leaders like Bush and Netanyahu, and is uniquely effective against democratic societies.

    Speaking of the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka has agreed to "share power in a federal system" with the group, where the Tamils have autonomy in the north and east.

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