A History of Suicide Bombing
Suicide bombers have much to teach. The most remarkable fact is that suicide bombing is a relatively recent historic development, unknown in Islamic societies until the 1980s.
Ariel Merari, a Tel Aviv University psychologist who has specialized in the study of terrorism for 40 years, can help us understand a little more. He believes most suicide bombers are introverted, inhibited loners who lack self-confidence, have trouble making decisions and rely heavily on the opinions of others. They are anxious to please. Usually they don’t belong to a terrorist organization till they are recruited for suicide. Aside from studying reports of terrorism from around the world, Merari has in recent years headed a unique research project in Israeli jails.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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