A new type of terrorist has emerged in recent years: the FEMALE suicide bomber. In his new novel Critical Mass, Whitley Strieber points out that in the Koran, committing suicide is a major sin, so these people are being seriously misled. We need to learn more about what's REALLY going on!
In December of last year, during a declared state of emergency in Pakistan, the country experienced its first female suicide bomber. A woman set off explosives across a military checkpoint, near a Christian school in the city of Peshawar. She was the only casualty.
Women terrorists are not a new development?groups like Chechnya's Black Widows and Sri Lanka?s Tamil Tigers have gained notoriety before. Political scientist Anita Singh says, "There are significant problems in most current studies on the subject. Some studies do not differentiate between male and female terrorists, assuming that their motivations are similar. We know that female engagement in traditional forms of politics is different than their male counterparts, so why would this be any different within terrorist cases? When gender is taken into account, women are often given emotional explanations instead of political: a family member has been killed, they're divorced or their honor has been compromised.
"There's that old saying that, 'If women ruled the world, it would be a more peaceful place,' so if we see a woman as a suicide bomber, our society attributes her a female gender role?caring, domestic, nurturing?and we wonder what on earth made her do such a thing. And the terrorist organizations themselves are aware that these preconceptions exist and they're willing to use them as a PR strategy."
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