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The first suicide attack in Mid East contemporary history was carried out by three members of the Japanese Red Army in 1972, the Lod Airport massacre.

It might be the case to emphasise the business behind the suicide industry. It has similarities to the organized crime, hefty insurance for relatives or settling of debts.There's a fascinating judiciary document in Italy on the confession and deprogramming of a suicide bomber arrested before he acted, related to the Abu Omar case.

For the record and for what it's worth, there are 12th-century Arab accounts of suicide attacks against European Crusaders.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 04:23:06 PM EST
Heh. I wondered upthread about any possible connection between Kamikaze pilots and Islamic militants, I should just have read on... I find that the suicide aspect is debated, however:

Lod Airport massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yasuda was accidentally shot dead by one of the other attackers, and Okudaira moved from the airport building into the landing area, firing at passengers disembarking from an El Al aircraft before being killed by one of his own grenades, either due to accidental premature explosion or as a suicide.

Then again, the only English-language web source on this is Wikipedia, which sources the passage to two books. Only one of these can be read on Google Books, and that one merely uses neutral language ("Two of the Japanese attackers were torn apart by their own grenades", which is not even true as one of them died of gunshot wounds). Meanwhile, another book with a more detailed description of the attack claims Okudaira "threw himself on top of a grenade and detonated it", which would be a simple suicide rather than suicide bombing. On the other hand, I find the surviving terrorist later said "I thought I would die in the gunbattle and thought I would be sentenced to death even if I had survived and had been caught," so the characterisation as suicide attack seems justifiable.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 04:11:26 AM EST
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Is that in Runciman's book? He told Uri Avnery that he originally wanted to give his book on the Crusaders a subtitle "A guide for the Zionists on how not to do it".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 05:36:13 AM EST
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It's a compilation of medieval Arab authors on the crusades edited by Francesco Gabrieli, Storici arabi delle crociate, Einaudi,latest edition 2007.

There is an excerpt on the assassin cult as well as the account of an Arab who had gained the trust of a prominent European figure so as to assassinate him.I recall that it was a suicidal mission that took several years to carry out. They're called "sleepers" now. Catchy thing.

As soon as I find my copy I'll brush up and be more concise.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 07:42:21 AM EST
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