Posted by: Mike P. | February 15, 2010

Afghani’s Bad at Blowing People Up?

On an article on Afghan suicide bombers failures, @NaheedMustafa says on Twitter:

I dunno, cluster of fails does not a failure make. And 2 many details just snd like rumour. (afg suicide bombers).

I’m suspicious of quotes like that, but the article does contain statements like:

Mia Bloom, a researcher at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University, says their relative lack of recent success is due to a lower level of education, training and willingness among bombers here. “Many of them are coerced or duped into becoming bombers, and the bombers are generally not very excited about the prospect,” she said.

How does a suicide bomber become not very excited about blowing themselves up, but yet continue with the task in an incompetent fashion? That really makes no sense. If the handlers exert pressure and force the bombers to follow through, wouldn’t they pretty motivated to do a good job? Hopefully, the quote is out of context. The argument that the Afghans and Taliban lack access to good explosives might make sense, but the article does have a strange tone.

If there are no problems, and we are making progress in Afghanistan, then there should not be any suicide bombers, at least not Afghanis.

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