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“International Burn a Koran Day” and Al Qaeda’s “recruitment bonanza”


In an interview broadcast this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” President Barack Obama has added his voice to a growing number of top officials denouncing Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center’s planned “International Burn a Koran Day“—stating that if the group really decides to go through with the protest, it would likely result in a “recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda.”
And while Obama’s words are likely motivated by a desire to put a stop to what amounts to hate-speech, it also might absurdly suggest that Muslims would be so offended by the foolish acts of a single fringe religious group that they would be willing to rush out to kill themselves and others in droves by way of retaliation.

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Enter Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It—an insightful look at how suicide terrorists are really created and the best strategies combat them. In the book Robert A. Pape and James K. Feldman, two of the world’s leading experts on the subject, offer a close analysis of suicide campaigns by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka, to argue that suicide terrorism is motivated less by religion, and more by the practical circumstances of foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people alike to carry out suicide attacks.‎

Cutting the Fuse
calls for new, effective solutions that America and its allies can sustain for decades, refocusing the conversation on the substantive issues behind global suicide terrorism and America’s continuing war on terror.
Read an excerpt.