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If we assume that "human bombers" are not about military strategy, then what are they about? Are they motivated by a view of themselves as reflective of jihadist perspectives of them as being sacrifices and/or "gifts"?

Consider this-if you were going to attempt to recruit people to be suicide bombers what would you focus on? How would you get them to want to "sign up"? What methods, media and messages would you use in your recruitment campaign?

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If we assume that "human bombers" are not about military strategy, then what are they about? Are they motivated by a view of themselves as reflective of jihadist perspectives of them as being sacrifices and/or "gifts"?

- If they're not considered a military strategy (even though they are incredibly effective on the death toll), then what are they about?
1. Suicide bombers are not necessarily about people who have gone mad and decide to do some damage. Research suggests that anyone under the right circumstances could become a suicide bomber. So, the question is why do they do it? There are a few reasons why experts say they do this:
A. Martyrdom- There have been so many historical examples of people "dying for a cause" and that ...

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