Terrorist Suicide Bombers: Normal or Abnormal?
Terrorist suicide bombing is among the scariest crime being faced nowadays around the world (Morris and Maisto 2005). Its effects can be highlighted by the 9-11 attacks that happened in New York where thousands of people died and millions of assets are damaged. From then on, governments of different countries worked together to prevent this tragic crime from happening (Preidt 2008).
Combating Suicide Bombing
I, as a person, can also do something to combat terrorist suicide bombing from happening. First, I can establish a small organization that will focus on informing everything about suicide bombing including its causes and effects (Morris and Maisto 2005). The organization will work as a group to research on the people involved in suicide bombing and their nationality. Our group will also establish regular campaigns to stop terrorism and instead work together for a progressive world economy.
We will show that we are serious with out intentions by expanding our group and recruiting more members who can take part in our mission. We will recruit people of all ages and we try to reach the government and ask them to support our group as a means to prevent suicide bombing and preventing suicide bombers in recruiting people from our country.
We will also work with the media to allow us to establish a program that will aim to document and show suicide bombing as an immoral activity that should not be tolerated. This will be intensified by advertisements on television, newspapers, magazines and posters.
If possible, we will seek help from the government to help us coordinate with the United Nations and expand our organization in other countries especially to countries where suicide bombers usually come from. In this way, we can influence children early and let them know the effects of participating in terrorist activities. Through the help of other organizations, we can establish activities that will keep the children and teenagers of ages 20-25 away from the groups that have bad influence to these people (Morris and Maisto 2005).
Psychological, Political and Social Interventions
Psychological interventions that can prevent potential suicide bombers from participating in suicide bombing activities are the fear of dying in a useless and tragic manner. Since most of the teenagers recruited have the age of 20 to 25, there is still a possibility of fear in executing the activity especially in a place full of people and authority (Morris and Maisto 2005). In addition, the fear of getting caught by the authorities and serving sentence inside the cell can also be a way to prevent them.
On the other hand, political interventions include the government’s intensified campaign against suicide bombing and other terrorist activities. The tight security in airports and public areas put the potential bomber at risk of getting caught by the authorities (Preidt 2008). Especially in the US where the President is very serious about preventing terrorist activities to happen again, security level is very high and any suspicious men are put under investigation to determine whether they are terrorist or not.
Lastly, family, relatives and friends are the social interventions that can help in keeping the potential suicide bombers away from their mission (Morris and Maisto 2005). The thought of having a good, supportive and loving family members as well as relatives and friends gives them second thoughts in following their groups and executing the mission. The fear that their love ones can be killed if they continue their actions also prevent them from participating in the group. If their group is not strong enough to influence them, then there is lesser possibility that they will continue suicide bombing.
Trough these interventions, potential suicide bombers are given the chance to think twice and choose between their group and the people around them. If these interventions are intensified, then there is a higher possibility that potential suicide bombers will be lessened.
Morris, C. and Maisto, A. (2005). Understanding Psychology. 7th edition. Prentice Hall.
Preidt, R. (2008). 9/11 Attacks Change the Way Americans Dream. Healthday. February 2008. Available at: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_kmhea/is _200802/ai_n21220547/