Secret Origins of Suicide Bombers


Did the sinister concept of the suicide bomber enter the world through an attempt by the author of a 1973 issue of Marvel Comics Avengers to invent a way for a non-super-powered human to make himself temporarily powerful enough to damage a synthezoid with diamond-hard skin--all in the name of rank fear over a new sort of miscegenation?

That's the fascinating thesis presented for our consideration in this Jim Henley essay at the American Spectator. Regardless of whether he has indeed discovered the secret origin of that form of heinous villainy, Henley nonetheless provides some interesting speculation on the cultural history and mentality of the suicide bomber.