A GENERATION OF MARTYRS
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.
Robert Baer, CIA agent turned
novelist is now a film-maker. His documentary is called "The Cult
of the Suicide Bomber" and it's scarier than anything Hollywood
is producing. Baer tells Steve Paulson about the first modern suicide
bomber and how they've become heroes in Iran. He says martyrdom by suicide
bombing is a political weapon not a religious act; that it's a virus
and it's spreading. And we hear clips from his film. Also, novelist
Louis de Bernieres tells Jim Fleming about the climate of religious
toleration that marked the Ottoman Empire. De Bernieres' latest novel
is "Birds without Wings."
Historian William Dalrymple
tells Steve Paulson that the British weren't the masters of India when
they first arrived. The Mughals were. He explains how the situation
changed over generations and what America can learn from the experience.
Betool Khedairi grew up in
Iraq with an Iraqi father and a Scottish mother. She tells Steve Paulson
that she still feels in Arabic, but solves problems with her Western
part. Her novel is "A Sky So Close." Also, Nathaniel Philbrick
tells us a lot we didn't know about the Pilgrims in his new book, "Mayflower:
A Story of Courage, Community and War." He 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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- After Baer: Oyun Havasi
(Turkey) from Dances of the World Nonesuch 9 79167-2
- After de Bernieres: Call Out, Crane from
Instrumental Armenian Folk Songs & Dances, George Mgrdichian, oud;
Menahem Dworman, guitar; Musical Heritage Society MHS 512284X
- After Dalrymple: Rag Chandra Kanrha from
Imrat Khan, Surbahar and Sitar; Shafaatullah Khan, Tabla; Nimbus NI
- After Khedairi: Chi Min Geamhradh
from Scotland Now A Greentrax Showcase CD TRAX 060 Devine
Celtic Sounds P.O. Box 5983 Glendale AZ 85312
- After Philbrick: Two Sketches Based on
Indian Themes by Charles Tomlinson Griffes from The Early String
Quartet in the USA Kohon Quartet VoxBox 2 CDX 5057
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