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Their devastating and deadly actions punctuate the world news almost nightly, yet they remain faceless figures amidst the violence and turmoil that engulf the Middle East. And, whether its the C4-laden martyrs of Hezbollah or the car bombing insurgents of Iraq, what could possibly compel a suicide bomber to voluntarily take their own lives, along with those of hundreds of innocent victims? There is perhaps no one better equipped to investigate this terrifying practice than Robert Baer, a decorated, former Middle East CIA Agent and the man George Clooneys character was based on in the Academy Award®-winning film, Syriana.
Robert Baer returns to his former center of operations, the Middle East, to trace the origins of the modern day bomber. In this poignant documentary, Baer reveals the fascinating story of the world's first suicide bomber, 13-year-old Hossein Fahmidehwho was martyred in the Iran-Iraq war and is now a hero in Iran; and visits his highly decorated grave in the graveyard of martyrs just outside Tehran.
Being a secular organisation there were also no objections against female suicide bombers.
There have been a few documentaries like Death in Gaza, but you can never really understand how bad the situation is until you have seen it with your own eyes.
Some follow-up seemed to be warranted, to indicate how much of this was experience versus a rationale/general polemic.
The film makes some thought provoking moral distinctions between
suicide bombing as a weapon of war for those without access to high
tech weaponry (e.g. Read more
I like this DVD very much, it's worth buying and I would highly recommend to anyone.Published on March 26, 2010 by R. Woodward
A must see for those interested in learning about thr world of terrorism. Great educational video.Published on February 8, 2010 by Jeffrey A. Curtis
The documentary is very intriguing ,it will pull you in.It shows how terorists are brain washed fom a very young age to hate Israel and the US. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Michael Ezersky
This is a very interesting documentary. It shows us a part of the suicide terrorists cult that's normally hidden. Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Eduward du Bois
I have mixed feelings about this documentary. Although Robert Baer allows Iranians and Palestinians to speak their minds, he presents it in a way that makes them look evil. Read morePublished on May 31, 2007 by Mohamed
Robert Baer takes you to places inside this documentary that you cannot believe he was able to go himself. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Wordwipe
Robert Baer's "The Cult of the Suicide Bomber" is by far the best documentary I have seen on the topic. Read morePublished on April 29, 2007 by S.