Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Why Don't We Have Suicide Bombers?

What causes suicide bombers? According to one undercover documentarist,
Oppression, lack of freedom, brain washing, organized poverty, placing God in charge of daily life, total separation between men and women, forbidding sex, giving women no power whatsoever, and placing men in charge of family honor, which is mainly connected to their women's behavior.
The whole interview is fascinating -- the guy is clearly overstating and overinterpreting in places (if I have time later, I could go into more detail, or folks can just leave comments), but he's been "on the ground" in places that most of us don't go.

The nagging question in my mind comes from -- am I predictable or what? -- comparing the list above to conditions within the US, particularly in some of the religious and political subcultures described by David Neiwert, Sara Diamond, etc. They even believe, in their own minds, that they are under siege, occupation, oppression no less heinous than that suffered by Palestinians. What's the difference?

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