A Generation of Martyrs

July 29, 2007
(was 09.03.2006)

What do you call young people who strap on explosive vests and detonate them in a crowded marketplace? President Bush says they're fascist terrorists. The Western press labels them suicide bombers. But to a Muslim, particularly one who's sympathetic to their political ideology, these people are martyrs, and what they're doing makes perfect sense. In this hour To the Best of Our Knowledge takes a look at suicide bombers - why there are so many in this generation, how their families feel, and what, if anything we can do about them.

  1. Robert Baer on Suicide Bombers

    Robert Baer, CIA agent turned novelist is also a film-maker.  His documentary is called "The Cult of the Suicide Bomber" and it's scarier than anything Hollywood is producing.

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  2. Louis de Bernieres on Ottoman Tolerance

    Novelist Louis de Bernieres tells Jim Fleming about the climate of religious toleration that marked the Ottoman Empire.

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  3. William Dalrymple on Brits & Mughals

    Historian William Dalrymple tells Steve Paulson that the British weren't the masters of India when they first arrived. The Mughals were.

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  4. Betool Khedairi on Mixed Parentage

    Betool Khedairi grew up in Iraq with an Iraqi father and a Scottish mother.

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  5. Nathaniel Philbrick on the Truth About Pilgrims

    Nathaniel Philbrick tells Jim Fleming that the myth of the first Thanksgiving is great for children, but the truth about Plymouth Plantation is a lot darker and more complicated.

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