Suicide Attacks: Why The Bombers Keep Coming

Osama Bahar did not wear a beard. He was a devout Muslim--probably more so than his seven siblings, says his father Muhammed--but not a fundamentalist. He played soccer and took karate lessons, and unlike many young Palestinians, he had a job (at $450 a month), as a bank guard. Yet two Saturdays ago, after a Ramadan breaking-of-the-fast dinner with his family in the town of Abu Dis and prayer at the mosque across the street, Osama, 25, found his way to the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in downtown Jerusalem and blew himself up. Seconds later, his best friend, Nabil Halabiyeh, did...

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