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He has co-authored an important new book, "Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It" in which he argues that suicide terrorism is essentially driven by political considerations rather than religious ones.
It echoes my belief that extremists distort Islamic tenets to achieve political aims among adherents who are largely ignorant of Islam's rich intellectual and spiritual tradition.
Indeed, traditional Islam has never accepted suicide under any circumstances nor has it ever accepted an "anything goes" approach to achieving political aims. The Islamic tradition is to first make and spread peace.
If nothing else, Pape's book argues for a more nuanced approach to dealing with the threat of extremism, one that avoids foreign occupation but still safeguards American interests both domestically and abroad.
Below is a copy of the press release from the University of Chicago:
How to End Suicide Bombings: New book argues the problem is not Islam, but lengthy military occupations.
October 4, 2010
The University of Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism and the New America Foundation will hold a major national policy forum in the U.S. Congress titled “Cutting the Fuse, Moving Beyond the War” on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The conference will be streamed live athttp://www.thewashingtonnote.com. For more information and a list of speakers, visithttp://cpost.uchicago.edu.