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The path to paradise : the inner world of suicide bombers and their dispatchers / Anat Berko ; translated by Elizabeth Yuval ; foreword by Moshe Addad.


Public Safety Canada Library


Books & Reports

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HV 6433 .I7 B33 2007




Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-183) and index.


xv, 194 p. ; 25 cm.


Suicide bombers are often compared to "smart bombs". From the point of view of their dispatchers, they are highly effective, inexpensive forms of weaponry, and there is no need to invest in their technological development. Suicide bombers are in fact smarter than smart bombs because they can choose their own target—and they can react to circumstances on the ground, changing their target, or their timing, in an instant, to ensure the maximum damage, destruction, and death. Of course, unlike smart bombs, suicide bombers think and feel, they have histories, stories, beliefs, desires—in short, they have an inner world. Exploring the inner world of suicide bombers has been the focus of the author's research for years. She has worked to understand the thought processes of a people who can choose to place explosives on their bodies and kill themselves, taking as many other people with them as they can.



1. Dispatcher of Palestinian suicide bombers: "Find me sad guys." -- 2. The role of the dispatcher: "Everybody has his job: I dispatch the suicide bomber and he explodes." -- 3. Organization: "The dispatchers don't send their own sons to blow themselves up." -- 4. Dispatchers are held in high esteem: "I'm considered someone who does something good." -- 5. Dispatcher macho: "My father taught it what it means to be a man and didn't allow us to be cowards." -- 6. Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Hamas founder: "The shaheed doesn't die; he lives with Allah." -- 7. Women in prison: "She poured boiling margarine on my face." -- 8. As Machiavelli said, "The end justifies the means." -- 9. The book of mug shots: "Huda can't talk to you now, she's having her face done." -- 10. The value of women: "I'll never do anyone any good, anyway." -- 11. The terrorist's dream: "I've wanted to be a Shaheeda ever since I was a little girl." -- 12. Double standard: "Sure, I'd attack a kindergarten! I am able to look at your children-and explode!" -- 13. Is the "other" a human being? "Do Israeli mothers feel pain like we do?" -- 14. A teenage Shaheed: "My classmate enlisted me as a Shaheed. He was paid and gave me 100 shekels." -- 15. Paradise: "All that is forbidden in this world is allowed in Paradise."


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