Are al-Qa’ida and the Taliban driven by the desire to help others?
It is actually an interesting article about research by psychologists and economists into the motivations of suicide bombers. Although it is spoiled by Chakrabortty’s apparent endorsement of the facile conclusions one of the researchers, Eli Berman:
Rather than winning hearts and minds, Berman suggests western powers should always have been focused on providing sewage and schools. Rather than occupying territory, the logical conclusion of his work is that foreign governments should have restricted themselves to supporting aid and development projects carried out by NGOs.
If only democratic governments had thought of that.
Thank you to Dan Hodges.Tagged in: Al-Qaida, headline, osama bin laden
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