The Effectiveness of Suicide Terrorism

  • Jibey Asthappan The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


Killing more than 21,000 and injuring 50,000 between the years of 1981 and 2008, suicide bombs have proven to be an effective tactic and seem to be a growing trend .  Terrorism is designed to cause panic, chaos and, optimally, publicity for a cause.  Suicide terrorism is effective not only because of its lethal outcome; it also sends the message that the cause is so dire that death is a better outcome than life for the bomber.  The level of commitment is astounding and largely considered rational.