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The Politics of Suicide Terrorism

The Politics of Suicide Terrorism


There is ongoing controversy about how to understand Islamist terrorism against the West. In Dying to Win, Robert Pape argues that Islamic terrorists target the United States and other Western countries in response to Western policies toward Islamic countries, especially stationing Western troops in Islamic countries. His critics, such as Olivier Roy,' believe that Islamic terrorists are fundamentalists at war with modernity, globalization, and Western culture. In brief, Pape says they hate us for what we do; his critics say they hate us for what we are.

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McCauley, Clark. 2005. "The Politics of Suicide Terrorism." Rev. of Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, and Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terrorism. The Middle East Journal 59 (September): 663-666.

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Clark McCauley
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