Friday, July 13, 2007

Suicide Bombers in Iraq

I've just finished reading Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom by Mohammed Hafez. Some of his writings can be read online. Hafez' analysis is remarkably dispassionate, though he does, in his conclusion, refer to the ideology of jihadi Salafism as "pernicious" (p. 231), and he offers some informed opinions about United States policy directions, past, present and in the offing. All told it's a sobering, pessimistic account of the social movement of jihadi Salafism and its embrace of suicide bombing in Iraq. I have to say that I'm a little depressed having read it, though it did satisfy some of my curiousity about the topic.


posted by Fido the Yak at 9:34 AM.


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