Well written piece, ECK, but I do not agree with it.
I mentioned in one of those threads that I posted in my last post, I have met Associate Professor Pape. He and I attended some summer seminars
together. He is well written and has exceptional research skills.
As such, his data mainly pertains to the Western perspective: you know, the outside looking in type thing? Anyhow, he does not adequately nor nearly
cover enough of the Muslim/Islam perspective when he trys to establish that suicide bombings, that also target and kill/murder innocents and children,
are soley based on the simple theory of:
"No occupation, no terrorism," or in his applied perspective: "No occupation, no suicide bombings."
His data also fails to mention that the theory he asserts does not apply to all cases of acts involving suicide bombings. Other than that, I agree
with alot of what he asserts, based on the data he has at his disposal.
Again, he is giving a Western perspective on this, not an Islamic perspective, because if he was, he would not have failed to mention what I already
have in this thread:
According to Islam:
* It is forbidden to commit suicide, for any reason.
* Terrorism and all such acts of are forbidden.
* It is forbidden to target and kill/murder innocents.
* Each of the above stand in stark contradiction to the teachings of Islam and Muhammad.
As such, Islam asserts that those who do such acts are not of Islam, thus making anything they do representative of fundamentalism, extremism,
fantical, etc. Again, the links provided by me in the "Why It Makes 'Sense' For the Resistance to Target Innocent Iraqis" explain exactly how
Islam views suicide bombings, ECK, despite the best 'logical' well-intended efforts of the esteemed Associate Professor Pape. A good intentioned
IMHO, despite his Western perspective [outside looking in] on this matter, I agree with Islam and condemn such acts. I would imagine that Islamic
scholars know their stuff, as well.
[edit on 18-7-2005 by Seekerof]