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Critical Faculties

Why do suicide bombers do it?

By Christopher Shea
July 3, 2005

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Four years ago, the late Susan Sontag was excoriated for arguing, in a brief New Yorker piece, that the attacks that brought down the World Trade Center were inspired not by hatred of ''civilization" or ''the free world" but rather by opposition to ''specific American alliances and actions." Today that argument--seen by hawks in those dark post-Sept. 11 days as ... (Full article: 993 words)

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