The Anonymous Widower

Another Suicide Bombing

This morning, this report on the BBC, is talking of another suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t think of any suicide bombing, where the perpetrator wasn’t Muslim.

So why is this deadly practice an exclusively Muslim phenomena?

April 19, 2016 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or Tamil Tigers (LTTE) used suicide bombings to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi (ex-Prime Minister of India) in 1991 and Ranasinghe Premadasa (President of Sri Lanka) in 1993.

    The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are a socialist national liberation group who have used suicide bombing tactics, mostly using female suicide bombers (although admittedly the Kurds are a mostly Muslim people).

    The “Dare to Die Corps” including the 72 Martyrs of Huanghuagang were a force used by the Kuomintang Party during the 1911 Xinhai Revolution against the Qing Dynasty of China and later during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

    Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in a suicide bombing in 1881 by the “People’s Will” revolutionary socialist group.

    “Suicide by cop” is a fairly well known phenomenon in the US, but also in the UK. This doesn’t fit the definition of terrorism, but committing an act of violence and expecting to die in the process displays a certain similarity of psychology.

    Also let us not forget terrorist incidents such as the London nail bombings of 1999, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, the Utoya and Oslo attack of 2011 all carried out by far-right white Christian attackers who had little regard for their own survival despite not using suicide bomber tactics.

    Comment by James Gosling | April 19, 2016 | Reply

  2. Japanese KamiKaze pilots were a very similar concept too.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | April 19, 2016 | Reply

  3. I think the issue is not so much one of Muslims but of heavily-biased reporting in the media. The BBC is mostly meant to be rather good at being impartial but sometimes gets it wrong and attitudes are often harder to change. Granted, the wider Muslim world is facing its own issues and conflicts in the world today but not any more than the predominantly Christian world of medieval Europe. Within any band of ideology you will find hateful bigoted idiots, be it for a political or supposedly ‘religious’ cause. Let’s also not forget all the bigots in America who bomb abortion clinics and such, in pursuit of a Conservative Christian agenda.

    Comment by Joshua S | April 20, 2016 | Reply

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