August 03, 2010
Stereotypical Islamic Terrorists
I read an interesting article on terrorists. Remember the inept terrorists from Back to the Future? In real life, many terrorists fall into that stereotype.
Nowhere is the gap between sinister stereotype and ridiculous reality more apparent than in Afghanistan, where it’s fair to say that the Taliban employ the world’s worst suicide bombers: one in two manages to kill only himself. And this success rate hasn’t improved at all in the five years they’ve been using suicide bombers, despite the experience of hundreds of attacks—or attempted attacks. In Afghanistan, as in many cultures, a manly embrace is a time-honored tradition for warriors before they go off to face death. Thus, many suicide bombers never even make it out of their training camp or safe house, as the pressure from these group hugs triggers the explosives in suicide vests. According to several sources at the United Nations, as many as six would-be suicide bombers died last July after one such embrace in Paktika.If more people in Hollywood would present terrorists as the bumbling perverts many of them actually are, it would certainly make the job of recruiting more terrorists a bit more difficult.