Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It

Paperback | April 13, 2012

byRobert A. Pape

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Cutting the Fuse offers a wealth of new knowledge about the origins of suicide terrorism and strategies to stop it. Robert A. Pape and James K. Feldman have examined every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009, and the insights they have gleaned from that data fundamentally challenge how we understand the root causes of terrorist campaigns today—and reveal why the War on Terror has been ultimately counterproductive. Through a close analysis of suicide campaigns by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka, the authors provide powerful new evidence that, contrary to popular and dangerously mistaken belief, only a tiny minority of these attacks are motivated solely by religion. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people alike to carry out suicide attacks.
Cutting the Fuse calls for new, effective solutions that America and its allies can sustain for decades, relying less on ground troops in Muslim countries and more on offshore, over-the-horizon military forces along with political and economic strategies that empower local communities to stop terrorists in their midst. 

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 Cutting the Fuse offers a wealth of new knowledge about the origins of suicide terrorism and strategies to stop it. Robert A. Pape and James K. Feldman have examined every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009, and the insights they have gleaned from that data fundamentally challenge how we understand the root causes of...

Robert A. Pape is professor of political science at the University of Chicago and the author of Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism and Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War. James K. Feldman has taught decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and defense policy analysis at the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 13, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226645657

ISBN - 13:9780226645650

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Why Focus on Suicide Terrorism
PART I. Analytic Overview
Chapter 1. Why Occupation Ignites Suicide Terrorism
Chapter 2. What Really Motivates Transnational Suicide Terrorists
PART II. The Largest Suicide Terrorist Campaigns
Chapter 3. Iraq
Chapter 4. Afghanistan
Chapter 5. Pakistan
Chapter 6. Al Qaeda
Chapter 7. Lebanon
Chapter 8. Israel and Palestine
Chapter 9. Chechnya
Chapter 10. Sri Lanka
Conclusion. The End of Fear, the Beginning of Understanding
Index

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"In this most welcome contribution to a growing body of literature, Pape and Feldman serve up a novel, compelling analysis of the root causes of suicide terrorism. The authors challenge the assumption that Islamic fundamentalism generates the peculiar phenomenon of suicide terrorism, suggesting instead that military occupation is the proximate cause. The book picks up where coauthor Pape left off in his previous, groundbreaking work, Dying to Win, and is most remarkable for its thorough research and extensive scholarship."