Fictional evidence

Re: What Makes A Suicide Bomber Tick

Gerald Owen claims that carrying out a suicide bombing does not depend on any expected rewards in an afterlife, but rather on “a belief in the gloriousness of the cause”; hence, “it can also be done by secularists and hardline atheists.”

I find it rather telling, however, that the only evidence he provides to back up this theory is to point to the actions of a fictional character in a 1907 Joseph Conrad novel.

Note: This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Globe & Mail.

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