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Title: Exploring Suicide Terrorism and its Threat to International Security
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Attuquayefio, P. (2006). Exploring Suicide Terrorism and its Threat to International Security. Legon Journal of International Affairs, 3(1), 1-19
Abstract: Suicide Terrorism as a phenomenon dates back to the biblical Sampson and his destruction of the Philistine temple. Modern expressions of the phenomenon are however traceable to the 1972 attack at the LOD Airport in Tel Aviv where a member of the Red Army organization blew himself up, killing and wounding several people. The popularity of the phenomenon received a great boost by events of the September 11, 2001 against the United States of America (USA). Since then, the international community has witnessed many more of such attacks than had occurred previously. With the popularity of the phenomenon and the continued presence of some of the issues that motivate such attacks, there is no gainsaying that the International Community will continue to witness such attacks. This article attempts to examine the phenomenon of suicide terrorism and the threat it poses to international security. In doing this, it attempts an examination of the concept of suicide terrorism and the motivations or rationale for the phenomenon. In particular, it attempts an explanation of why efforts at managing the phenomenon have not achieved much. The central argument in this regard is that the international community has failed to manage the phenomenon successfully because of certain misconceptions that have influenced strategies developed to deal with the phenomenon. Consequently, such strategies have rather than quell the incidence of suicide attacks, provoked a cycle of retributive actions that in themselves constitute terrorism.it concludes by calling for the de-emphasis of harsh military tactics in addressing the phenomenon. In its place, it proposes a transformational approach that utilizes both combative and non-combative approaches to addressing the phenomenon of suicide terrorism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5964
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