The Phenomenon of Suicide Bombers in Asia and the Middle East

By Geraldine Cook
March 22, 2013

One of the major paradigms for us in the western world is the willingness of some people to serve as suicide bombers, or the so-called suicidal terrorism, a lethal weapon of extreme precision that not only hits the specified targets, but also victimizes randomly. This practice is not new, as it dates back to the biblical scriptures that mention the destruction of the Philistine temple by Samson and the Zealot against the Romans, seeking the release of Judea. In the 14th and 16th centuries, during the Turkish-Ottoman Empire, these actions were once more performed by suicidal soldiers known as bashi-bazouks. More recently, during World War II, Japanese pilots known as “Kamikazes” started the practice again.