The puzzle of terrorism

Author, Moses Khisa. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • States and state actors have long engaged in acts that amount to terrorism. In fact, for some iconoclastic analysts, the biggest source of terrorism, historically, has been the state as a body and state actors as individuals.

When I first took interest in studying the contours and complexities of global terrorism, now more than a decade ago, the most puzzling aspect was the suicide bomber. This remains puzzling: why would anyone be indoctrinated into blowing up themselves in a mission that leads nowhere? 

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