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June 14, 2005

Professor assigns blame for suicide bombings to U.S. and Israel

Boston University’s NPR station, WBUR, aired a 15-minute conversation about suicide bombing - on the Here&Now broadcast of June 8 - between host Robin Young and author Robert Pape (“Dying To Win: The Strategic logic of Suicide terrorism”).

Professor Pape (Univ. of Chicago) explained that the reason for suicide bombings is mainly “the desire to drive out foreign occupiers.” The main examples cited were the U.S./Iraq and Israel/West-Bank/Gaza.

No mention was made of the reasons for the presence of Israeli troops in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. Likewise, no coherent context was provided for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Moreover, there was no dissenting voice on hand.

Posted by MK at June 14, 2005 11:21 AM