Re: The myth of the suicide bomber
The modern suicide bomber is a necessity of the new political climate in the East. Where there are only victims and no perp, there can be no personal accountability for the crime. The paradox of face that results is also a valuable tool.
That being said, suicide, or death in battle, has always been one of the tenatious military tactics of the oriental disciplines; Mah'mud motivated his men with a cetain reward in Heaven, as did Hassan with his trained assassins. Common theme.