How can you stop someone who’s determined to die and doesn’t care who’s killed in the process?
Right now, there are 20 odd suspected Taliban militants involved in a commando style assault near Kabul’s presidential palace. And their donning their suicide vests. I can hear one of my colleagues on the phone to witnesses in Kabul – the battle is still on.
Fatal suicide attacks in Kashmir over the weekend, a failed suicide attack in Southern Afghanistan last week not to forget Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to blow up a plane on Christmas day – there’s no shortage of people wanting to kill themselves.
British police have reportedly identified children as young as seven being groomed as suicide bombers. That’s why for Thomas Friedman, the solution starts and ends at home. Praising the father of Umar AbdulMutallab for talking to the police about his concerns, Friedman writes
‘Yes, we need to fix our intelligence. Yes, we absolutely must live up to our own ideals, as President Barack Obama is trying to do in banning torture and closing Guantánamo Bay…We can’t let our country become just The United States of Fighting Terrorism and nothing more.’ Would you mind living in an overly cautious society if it meant being protected by such attacks?
‘But even if we do all that, no laws or walls we put up will ever be sufficient to protect us unless the Arab and Muslim societies from whence these suicide bombers emerge erect political, religious and moral restraints as well — starting by shaming suicide bombers and naming their actions “murder” not “martyrdom.”….Unless more Muslim parents, spiritual leaders, political leaders — the village — are ready to publicly denounce suicide bombing against innocent civilians — theirs and ours — this behavior will not stop.’
Do you agree with Friedman and this blogger who believes that suicide bombers aren’t just ignorant fanatics? Are we helpless in stopping suicide bombers?