Suicide bombers are said to believe that God sends them on their missions, and by the time they are ready to be stopped with explosives, they had reached a hypnotic state. (http://www.israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec0049.htm) As one can see, religion is a powerful factor. Though the Koran teaches against taking one's own life, the suicide bombers are seen as martyrs and are said to be living in the heavens. (http://www.cnn.com/2001/world/hanna.focus) However, it is stated that suicide is forbidden in Islam. However, fighting oppression is commendable, harming innocent bystanders, even in times of war, was forbidden by the prophet Muhammad. (www.israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec0049.htm) Suicide bombers are very complex. They are never justified in their actions. According to Yediot Aharonot, this is the profile of a typical suicide bomber:
1. 97% of the suicide bombers have an academic education and an additional 28% have at least a high school education.
2. 83% of suicide bombers are single.
3. 64% of the suicide bombers are between the ages 18-23; most of the rest are under 30 years of age, and
4. 68% of the suicide bombers have come from the Gaza Strip. (http://www.israelinsider.com)
Suicide bombers carry explosives on his/her body or in a vehicle driven by his/herself and, by personal choice and with full self-awareness, approach a previously chosen target and blows his/herself up. (Yoram Schweitzer, ICT Researcher) The suicide bomber,... [continues]
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