Hello allifine86 ~
Thank you for your interesting question. Because you wanted a basic
overview, and because the topic is a massive one, I?ve included a
variety of links, which you can explore fully at your own convenience:
?Suicide Bombers: Why do they do it, and what does Islam say about
their actions?? at About.com:
article specifically looks at suicide bombers and what motivates them
and whether or not their actions coincide with the Koran.
?What Makes Suicide Bombers Tick?? at Israel Insider:
probes the typical suicide bomber.
?Female Suicide Bombers: Dying to Kill? at National Geographic:
looks at a topic rarely discussed: female terrorists.
Related is ?Girl Suicide Bombers? at MSN: http://slate.msn.com/id/2063954/
For a look at specific attacks by women bombers, see ?Female Suicide
Bombers: An Update:?
http://www.ict.org.il/articles/articledet.cfm?articleid=508 , which
includes a timeline of female attacks.
For a brief timeline and a historical look at suicide bombers, check
out ?Suicide Bombers? at PBS:
For a more recent timeline (2000 to 2004), see Harper?s:
?Who are Suicide Bombers? at BBC:
is also worth looking at.
For an unusual look at what may drive suicide bombers, see ?The Myth
of the Suicide Bomber? at NRO:
The Jewish Virtual Library also has a series of articles on suicide
For a look at how other Muslims (who are not bombers) may be helping,
see ?The Ugly Truth About Suicide Bombers? at AlterNet:
For a more sympathetic view of bombers, see ?How Israel Creates
Suicide Bombers? at Green Left:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2002/497/497p17.htm and ?Why We Have
Become Suicide Bombers? at Mission Islam:
http://www.missionislam.com/conissues/palestine.htm , in addition to
?Understanding the Suicide Bombers? at Thorn Walker:
For an Islamist apologetics on bombers, see ?Islamic Suicide Bombers?
at Apologetics Index: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s37.html
For a brief look at how bombers are trained at a young age, see
?School Trains Suicide Bombers? at BBC:
For a good article on teen bombers, see ?Teenage Suicide Bombers? at
the Crime Library: http://www.crimelibrary.com/terrorists_spies/terrorists/palestinians/?sect=7
And another look at young bombers at ?As Life Looks Bleaker, Suicide
Bombers Get Younger? at The Christian Science Monitor:
If you?d like to see a government brief on bombers, see:
which covers the ?typical? profile, what the threat really is, and
what preventatives their may be.
Finally, an opinion about the longevity of bombers, ?They Can Run and
They Can Hide: Suicide Bombers are Here to Stay? from The Independent:
I hope these links provide you with a clearer understanding of who
suicide bombers are, and why they may feel the need to bomb.