Wednesday, July 13, 2005

pinions of buddy don: why they attack

thays a innerestin book out by a feller name of robert pape, witch he did im a study of ever suicide bombin that happend tween 1995 n 2004. name of the books Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism. mr pape dun writ a few articulls in places lack the new york times n, but as ye kin see ifn ye foller that furst lank, hes been innerviewd by The American Conservative.

hes gut im a few points that folks orta cunsidder whenever thar trine to figger out why folks wood kill tharself to attack sumbidy else. ye mite could thank tiz the promiss of 72 virgins in heaven, witch thats a famus spin point. ye mite could thank tiz sumthin to do with islamick eggstreamism. but ye wood be rong, lease based on the ackshul evidents (taint treason to look at evidents, even ifn it dont fit neatly into yer daily spin points). heres sum of mr papes cunclushuns:
  • The data show that there is far less of a connection between suicide terrorism and religious fundamentalism than most people think
  • What nearly all suicide terrorist attacks actually have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland
  • Three general patterns in the data support these conclusions
    1. First, nearly all suicide terrorist attacks - 301 of the 315 in the period I studied - took place as part of organized political or military campaigns
    2. Second, democracies are uniquely vulnerable to suicide terrorists; America, France, India, Israel, Russia, Sri Lanka and Turkey have been the targets of almost every suicide attack of the past two decades
    3. Third, suicide terrorist campaigns are directed toward a strategic objective: from Lebanon to Israel to Sri Lanka to Kashmir to Chechnya, the sponsors of every campaign - 18 organizations in all - are seeking to establish or maintain political self-determination
  • Before Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982, there was no Hezbollah suicide terrorist campaign against Israel; indeed, Hezbollah came into existence only after this event.
  • Before the Sri Lankan military began moving into the Tamil homelands of the island in 1987, the Tamil Tigers did not use suicide attacks
  • Before the huge increase in Jewish settlers on the West Bank in the 1980's, Palestinian groups did not use suicide terrorism
  • There had never been a documented suicide attack in Iraq until after the American invasion in 2003
nuther sprizing thang bout this study is how jes bout all them suicide bombers cums frum our allies (saudi arabia, morocco, turkey, yemen, afghanistn) not the folks we claim as enemies (syria, iran, north korea). ye kin read much more bout it here.

corse, we gut us a plan on how sumday we wont be in iraq no more. in sted, we been trainin them iraqis to take keer of thar ownself. fer that, ye gut to have folks with sum talent. seems lack thar findin em. ye kin read bout it in the new york times articull name of 10 Sunnis Suffocate in Iraqi Police Custody:
Iraq's widely feared police commandos were struggling on Tuesday to explain how at least 10 Sunni Arab men and youths, one only 17, suffocated after a commando unit seized them from a hospital emergency ward and locked them in a police van in summer temperatures exceeding 110 degrees.
as ye kin see, taint no bunch of libruls trine to give suspecks understandin n therapy n such! whar did we git such grate commandos? same articull splains:
For the commandos, many of them veterans of Saddam Hussein's army, police and intelligence units, the incident was the latest in a long series of incidents in which they have been accused of using brutal techniques learned during Mr. Hussein's years of terror. Doctors who witnessed the victims being dragged from the hospital ward identified the government men as members of the notorious First Brigade of the commandos, but General Flaieh said that the unit involved was a separate police paramilitary force known as the Special Security Force. [emfasis mine]
so ifn i am gittin this rite, we gut rid of saddam on a counta how he had all them weppons of mass deestruckshun that he could use on us in jes 45 mints uh, that is, to stop im frum collaboratin with al qaeda or rather, he wuz responsibull fer them attacks of 9/11 -- oops, whut i meant to say wuz, we tuck out saddam to liberate them iraqis frum the evil regime he had putt in place.

now we wonta leave, so who are we puttin in charge?

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