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June 06, 2005

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Brian Macker

Why has he restricted his sample to a single war. There have been thousands of "foreign occupations" since the invention of gunpowder. How many of those resulted in suicide bombers? I imagine the correlation is very small.

On the other hand suicide bombings themselves are very highly correlated with certain ideologies. What other examples besides Islamic hatred do we have? Perhaps Tamil rebels and Japanese kamikazes. Certainly the kamikaze were not the result of an occupation. The Tamil rebels at least have the decency not to target innocent civilians directly. The same cannot be said of the Islamists.

Daniel

Yes, and this doesn't jibe with Pape's view of occupation vis-a-vis suicide bombings. Since I have not read the book yet, I won't comment on what I assume to be his arguments, even though he has been making the round of talk shows and whatever he has to say has been rung out of the three-and-a-half minutes they give him. What is becoming clear, however, is that this is just another pulp non-fiction in where the West (read: US) is made to bear the brunt of the world's depravity. It's sad and it's getting very old.

Infinite Justice

Your review based on not even reading the book and your lack of understanding of US policy over the course of the last 55 years is "getting very old". Do us all a favor read the US declassified record and form some judgements of your own. Your just another victim of government and business propaganda which sends a "Purpose of America" message that what we do and and are intentions are always right. Take some advice from Bertrand Russell "get rid of beliefs which depend solely upon the place and time of your education, and upon what your parents and schoolmasters told you" and you possibly will be able to look at the world in a truly objective manner this way you can save yourself being labled a hypocrite.

Daniel

I have not set out to review his book, merely to argue one of his points. That you fail to see that speaks to your own lack of understanding.

And if you would look around, you would see that I am not in the "America always right" camp. But that isn't your purpose, is it? I have no fear of being labeled anything, especially by a person who does not know the difference between "are" and "our" and "your" and "you're."

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