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  • Suicide bombing, and terrorism in general, is very effective.


    First of all, one of the most effective strategy to quickly ruin an opponent's capacity to wage war is to attack the population or infrastructure of the enemy. World War 2 provided many such example. However, such kind of campaign requires a huge amount of resources which most enemy of the US can never afford. Which brings us to the next thing - terrorism, or the way to strike the population or infrastructure with limited resources.
    There is no doubt that terrorism is very effective in term of costs versus damages - one suicide bomber with a few thousand USD self made IED can flatten an army base and likely kills many more. An Iranian bomber or missile has no chance to penetrate the defensive wall of the US due to our technical superiority, but one suicide bomber will have at least some chances. Furthermore, suicide bombers does not have to be "imported", they can recruit one right here in the US, with the explosive made from inconspicuous material bought from the internet, and perform the attack completely within our border.
    Terrorism strikes us where it hurts the most. And we used to have no clue where to strike them where it hurts. That is why it is so effective.

  • Meh, why not?

    Suicide bombers are rather affective. The affectiveness is measured on loss vs. Gain. In Japan, killing yourself in a military advantage over your opponents is completely acceptable, and brings honor to your family. I think it's stupid, but that's not the arguement. As in the attack on Pearl Harbor, 911, and other events, we can see how well it works. Suicide bombing also works well that people cant hate on you as much, or might not even know who you are.

  • It sort of depends...

    There are probably a great many reasons for suicide bombing.
    Is it effective at allowing someone to "Go out with a bang?" Yes, it is.
    Is it effective at creating fear? Yes, it is.
    Is it effective at drawing attention? Yes, it is.
    Is it effective at killing people? You bet.

    There are always going to be different reasons, and most of the time, I would think it's going to work for those reasons.

  • Suicide bombing is effective most of the time for the intended purpose of the bomber.

    Here are what I perceive as the "intended effects" of a suicide bombing: Fear, death, self fulfillment.

    Fear. They instill fear among us. If you are trying to play "I'm not scared", you should be scared. I am almost certain that a majority of Americans would be a least mildly intimidated at a successful suicide bombing, even if most of them don't admit it.

    Death. The kill count is quite in the bombers favor.

    Self fulfillment: Ehhhhhh well I doubt it'll put them in Heaven, but at least they think they're going there.

  • yea, suicide bombing is effective for what it's supposed to do.

    You may not like it, but the fact that by sacrificing their life one person can end up ruffling an entire countries feathers. Not only forcing that country to pay attention to the issue at hand, but showing that country that they will not be pushed to do something against their will by anybody. Suicide is a serious matter and I personally wouldn't participate in it, but the truth of the matter is that it is very effective.

  • It may be idiotic,

    But it is an effective way to kill and destroy with a large blast radius, without leaving any evidence behind, and without concentrating on ways to escape or fabricate.

    Also, it can create great damage to an enemy, and is more practical and feasible as opposed to many modern day weapons, such as nuclear missiles which are much more expensive, and would need special equipment to be aimed correctly, and the origin place of the missile can also be tracked down.

    Suicide bombing is stealthy, and is extremely destructive.

  • Suicide bombing is more effective than non-suicide bombing

    1. Suicide bombers don't need the plan to run away or prevent being caught by the enemies. It is easier for them to commit the attack.
    2.With less chance of being caught, it create difficulties for enemies to know much about the group. It provide the group with the convenience for the future attack.
    3. Suicide bombers has more determined mind. They already anticipate, and are willing to pay the cost of losing their lives.

  • Absolutely, it's highly effective.

    Suicide bombing is extremely effective for killing and harming people, destroying property, disrupting the daily flow of business, and frightening those not directly affected.
    It's also an efficient way of handling the murder-suicide in one go, as other methods have more potential of being caught and having to live with the consequences.

    Most importantly, it proves that the bombers follow a god who approves of murder, violence and suicide. It's very clear that the god they follow does not value human life. It's an excellent method of communicating that message.

  • Suicide bombing is effective in achieving its goals.

    Suicide bombing is a horrible thing but the question is not whether suicide bombing is good. It is whether it is effective. It scares and terrorizes the affected population and does achieve what it intends to. It is effective in killing tons of people and terrorizing a population. It is effective in achieving the bad means.

  • It has the intended effect

    Top Taliban stratigist Abu Bakr Naji wrote a book called "The Management of Savagery."
    In this book he outlines his tactics against western troops.
    Essentially, to defeat America, if Vietnam has taught us anything, you need to break the will to fight of the Nation.
    In the Tet Offensive, huge Viet Cong formations were consumed by American firepower, yet the public was not really prepared to bear any casualties in a war they did not see the point of.
    Fast forward to today, and the Taliban takes huge losses without feeling it, whereas Western forces lose a few thousand, and it is a tragedy for them.
    Added to this, it makes the infantry paranoid and angry with the locals, encouraging them to do bad things to "civilians" that will be reported on the news, further turning the public against the war.
    On civilian targets, suicide bombings cause terror, breakdown of services, and turn people against one another, and makes the targeted people want reprisals.

    In short, imagine a chess game where you have nine queens, but your opponent has an unlimited number of pawns, and every time you loose a piece, the crowd shouts for you to give up and go home.

  • Suicide is bad!

    Suicide is not good for anyone and you will kill more than yourself.You will harm thousands, and kill plenty.I don't agree with killing yourself or others.Fine, if you do want to bomb something and kill yourself, then go to an empty field were no people will get hurt..Even though it's not the right answer.

  • No, it doesn't serve the intended purpose.

    Although it seems that the intent of suicide bombing is to make a large statement, it doesn't seem to make that statement for very long, so it seems that no, it is not effective. All it serves to do is fuel the flames against those who waste their lives doing it to make a political point, although it's my understanding that the bombers believe they will be credited in their next life for having done such a thing.

  • No, it doesn't serve the intended purpose.

    Although it seems that the intent of suicide bombing is to make a large statement, it doesn't seem to make that statement for very long, so it seems that no, it is not effective. All it serves to do is fuel the flames against those who waste their lives doing it to make a political point, although it's my understanding that the bombers believe they will be credited in their next life for having done such a thing.

  • Suicide has no effect on the religious views of those targeted.

    The purpose of suicide bombing is to persuade those of an opposing faith to revise their beliefs. Thus far, suicide bombing has only succeeded in killing others. There is little evidence to suggest that it has any lasting impact on the religious beliefs of those targeted. In fact, tourism is most affected by suicide bombing. Since tourism is big industry in areas in which suicide bombing is prevalent, the local economy takes a big hit as a result of suicide bombings, which negatively impacts everyone in the region.

  • It doesn't do what the terrorist wants to happen

    When terrorist attacks occur, most people rush to help the people injured or generally help to clean up the mess. The affect is that people grow to hate the terrorists even more because of what they are doing, and not the change of society do to fear of what might happen to them if they don't. Look at Fred Phelps. He is, in my opinion, considered a terrorist because he attempts to use fear to get people to stop doing something. He says that his god will continue killing marines (the fear) because we don't persecute homosexuals (the thing he wants us to change about our society). His process isn't effective at all. Most people I speak to don't agree with Phelps at all, and generally despise him. So the acts of terrorism don't really do much to make the change in society that the attack was planned for in the first place.

  • I don't think so

    I think that the destruction they wish to cause is effective because that is essentially what a "bomber" wants to do-however any political or religious meaning behind it is completely lost and therefore the point lost amongst all the destruction they have caused. Most bombers are not fighting for a cause they believe in, they are brainwashed into thinking that blowing themselves up and taking people with them is for a good cause and they will receive benefits in the after life and further the cause. However this obviously does not happen and only promotes like minded people to think the only way of being heard or to change something is by causing destruction. All in all it is in-bred hatred, passed down from generation to generation to people who are not encouraged to think for themselves. Is suicide bombing effective? Not really!

  • Pointless Waste of time

    It only draws communities closer together and strengthens their will against the aggressor. In the second world war the Germans, Americans and British all failed their attempts to brake the will of the English and the Germans respectively. Suicide bombers have been committing suicide for years and this has done nothing to make people more afraid of dying in countries like the US.

  • No, suicide bombing is not effective.

    Suicide bombing does not serve a purpose or make the statement wanted. It just proves that someone is a coward and wants their fifteen minutes of fame. Most of these people use innocent children, or scared women. They don't even do the deed themselves. It causes a lot of damage, but the people effected by it stand together. They rebuild and all you have is a dead suicide bomber.

  • No, suicide bombing is not effective.

    Suicide bombing does not serve a purpose or make the statement wanted. It just proves that someone is a coward and wants their fifteen minutes of fame. Most of these people use innocent children, or scared women. They don't even do the deed themselves. It causes a lot of damage, but the people effected by it stand together. They rebuild and all you have is a dead suicide bomber.


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Bullish says2013-05-03T00:34:21.213
Effective to do what? I can't answer the question without knowing what exactly you ask it is effective for.