Islamic Terror: Conscious and Unconscious Motives

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Suicide Murder as Unconscious Fusion
with the Mother

In my study of political assassination, I attempted to show that in the person of the political leader whom he murders the political assassin unconsciously seeks to kill his bad early mother and to fuse with her at the same time (Falk 2001a). Nancy Kobrin, the right-wing feminist American-Jewish psychoanalyst, thought that suicide bombers, as well as yearning for death and rebirth, unconsciously seek the deeply coveted fusion with the early mother, which she called “the maternal fusion.” Because the suicide bomber dies along with his victims, he desires fusion with them. Rather than wish to kill the sadistic father, she wrote, “the assassin wishes to kill the sadistic pre-Oedipal mother” (Kobrin 2002, p. 182). Like Phyllis Chesler, this scholar simplistically attributed Islamic terrorism to the abuse of women in Muslim society.

One of the ways scholars deal with complex material that provokes their anxiety, and makes its study painful for them, is to divide or classify the subject they are studying into manageable entities. Marvin Zonis and Daniel Offer stipulated three models for the Arab-Israeli conflict—the national-character model, the psychopathology model, and the self-system model (Zonis and Offer 1985, pp. 268–287); John Mack distinguished three levels of causation for suicidal terrorism—the immediate, proximate, and deeper levels (Mack 2002, p. 174); and an American scholar and her Arab collaborators, in an attempt to reconcile the seemingly contradictory studies of suicide bombers, outlined four different models or conceptual frameworks for understanding this tragic phenomenon: the psychological, sociological, psychiatric, and religious models (Fields et al. 2002, p. 219).

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