Debate is an important part of the classroom experience. However, most debate-style readers do a disservice to students by selecting readings from disparate sources that end up talking past one another. As a part of the Debating Politics series from CQ Press, this reader is different. Featuring paired pron pieces written specifically for this volume, Debating Terrorism encourages students to actively grapple with the central debates and questions surrounding the subject of terrorism and counterterrorism . With topics ranging from the root causes of terrorism, the role of religion in terrorism, whether suicide terrorism is ever justified, whether the spread of democracy can help defeat terrorism, and what trade-offs, if any, should exist between security and civil liberties, GottliebÆs outstanding cast of contributors returns in this edition, compelling students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field. Gottlieb frames the complexity and sophistication of these issues with incisive chapter headnotes providing students with the requisite context and preparing them to read each argument critically, allowing them to understand the past, present, and future of terrorism and counterterrorism. Each of the selections has been thoroughly updated to account for recent world events, policy changes, and new scholarship. New to the reader, and by reviewer request, is a chapter, “Can Global Institutions Make a Difference in Fighting Terrorism?”
Chapter 5: Is Suicide Terrorism an Effective Tactic?
Is Suicide Terrorism an Effective Tactic?
- Yes: Suicide terrorism is a pragmatic choice Gordon H. McCormick and Lindsay Fritz, Naval Postgraduate School
- No: Suicide terrorism is a political failure Max Abrahms, Johns Hopkins University
From the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, through the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, the 2005 London transit bombings, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and scores of other recent terror incidents across the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, and elsewhere, suicide attacks have come to symbolize the shockingly lethal terrorism of the modern age.
But has the ultimate sacrifice of hundreds of individual attackers and the deaths of thousands of innocent victims paid off in terms of suicide terror groups achieving, or moving closer to achieving, their ...