The Cult of the Suicide Bomber

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  • Summary: In the groundbreaking and acclaimed documentary, former CIA case office Robert Baer returns to his former center of operations to trace the origins of the modern day bomber from the Iran-Iraq war to the Middle Eastern streets of today.


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  1. 88
    Baer asks all the right questions.
  2. Given that fundamentalist faith and sober logic are irreconcilable enemies, though, Baer's analysis inevitably leads to a grim roadblock, at which he can do little more than tally the toll.
  3. 75
    A fascinating history of how blowing yourself up became a popular hobby in the Muslim world.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Thoughtful, incisive, controversial.
  5. This is not the can't-we-get-along Arab-Persian world we see in most liberal nonfiction films, but a broader and helplessly apocalyptic view of an entire region crazed with anger, frustration, and bloodlust into objectifying death as a weapon, a cause for cosmic glory, and little else.
  6. Like so many political films of this type made for British television, this documentary contains more information than analysis, not to mention predictably spooky music.
  7. 50
    Near the end of the journey, chronicling Sunni car bombers in Iraq, he (Baer) talks sorrowfully of Muslims killing Muslims, and he concludes that suicide bombing has lost any coherent political meaning and has taken on an irresistible life of its own as a glamorous cult.

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