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Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 03:18 pm
The University of Chicago’s Richard Pape on Australian TV:
There’s a faulty premise in the current strategy on the war on terrorism. That faulty premise is that suicide terrorism and Al Qaeda suicide terrorism in particular is mainly driven by an evil ideology Islamic fundamentalism independent of other circumstances. However, the facts are that since 1980, suicide terrorist attacks from around the world over half have been secular. What over 95 per cent of suicide attacks around the world [are about] is not religion, but a specific strategic purpose – to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland or prize greatly …
And why do they prize those homelands so greatly? Might be something to do with religion, at a guess. Read the whole interview for further odd Pape conclusions. Three of the four July 7 suicide bombers were British-born, of course; their concept of “homeland” apparently had little to do with the land where they made their home. Meanwhile, other Brits of similar background seem to be doing just fine.