El suicida "racional"

El triunfo sorpresivo de Hamas en las elecciones parlamentarias de Palestina ha hecho que las preguntas sobre quiénes son terroristas y cómo abordar el terrorismo sean más urgentes que nunca. La forma en la que Hamas se comporte en el gobierno revelará si los terroristas y los que cometen atentados suicidas son igualmente implacables.

La prueba son los atentados suicidas. Pocas armas del arsenal de los terroristas son tan devastadoras como el atentado suicida –o se comprenden tan mal, puesto que el análisis serio aparentemente ha cedido ante el deseo de evitar darle a los atacantes cualquier grado de legitimidad. Pero esta actitud impide obtener conocimientos urgentes sobre quiénes son realmente los suicidas, qué los motiva y por ende cómo detenerlos.

De hecho, básicamente hay dos categorías de suicidas. La primera incluye a los que realizaron los atentados en los Estados Unidos en 2001, en Bali en 2002, el ataque contra el tren en Madrid en 2003 y los atentados en Londres en el verano de 2005. A los atacantes les es indiferente que sus víctimas, tanto directas como indirectas, sean o no musulmanes. Su objetivo es sembrar el terror y a la larga destruir un estilo de vida en nombre de un nebuloso Dar-al-Islam, una entidad utópica que supuestamente resolverá todos los problemas de la vida.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in

  1. An employee works at a chemical fiber weaving company VCG/Getty Images

    China in the Lead?

    For four decades, China has achieved unprecedented economic growth under a centralized, authoritarian political system, far outpacing growth in the Western liberal democracies. So, is Chinese President Xi Jinping right to double down on authoritarianism, and is the “China model” truly a viable rival to Western-style democratic capitalism?

  2. The assembly line at Ford Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

    Whither the Multilateral Trading System?

    The global economy today is dominated by three major players – China, the EU, and the US – with roughly equal trading volumes and limited incentive to fight for the rules-based global trading system. With cooperation unlikely, the world should prepare itself for the erosion of the World Trade Organization.

  3. Donald Trump Saul Loeb/Getty Images

    The Globalization of Our Discontent

    Globalization, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US has shown. The challenge is to minimize the risk that the backlash will intensify, and that starts by understanding – and avoiding – past mistakes.

  4. A general view of the Corn Market in the City of Manchester Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    A Better British Story

    Despite all of the doom and gloom over the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, key manufacturing indicators are at their highest levels in four years, and the mood for investment may be improving. While parts of the UK are certainly weakening economically, others may finally be overcoming longstanding challenges.

  5. UK supermarket Waring Abbott/Getty Images

    The UK’s Multilateral Trade Future

    With Brexit looming, the UK has no choice but to redesign its future trading relationships. As a major producer of sophisticated components, its long-term trade strategy should focus on gaining deep and unfettered access to integrated cross-border supply chains – and that means adopting a multilateral approach.

  6. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now