The origins of suicide bombing lie in the battlefields of the 1980-1988 Iran/Iraq war when Iranian child soldiers strapped bombs to their chests and blew up Iraqi tanks.
The harsh fundamentalist regime of Ayatollah Khomeini praised such acts as blessed martyrdom. “The Tree of Islam needs to be watered by the blood of martyrs,” said Khomeini.
From Iran, the cult of suicide bombing spread in the early 1980s to Lebanon – a...
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