Grievance and the final act: the 7/7 bombers and suicide terrorism in the 21st century
Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Robert Lambert, Daniel Jeffery
University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom; The Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom; Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall, London, United Kingdom
Terror and Suicide. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, 167 pages.
When dealing with recent examples of suicide terrorism in Britain, scholars are in quandary. One the one hand, much of the broader literature on suicide terrorism seeks to discuss causation only in reference to issues of tactical ability, organisational networks, societal conditions and altruistic sacrifice. Few analyses seek to understand this phenomenon in light of what actors themselves defined as their rationales. This lacuna is then further obscured by a reluctance on the part of the British Government to launch an official inquiry in to what caused an event like 7/7. This chapter seeks to address both this confusion and gap in knowledge, by positing what such an inquiry, if it had taken place, might have found.