The Logic of Suicide Missions

Americans are often puzzled why anyone would mount a suicide attack against Americans. In WWI (World War I) and WWII (World War II) American mounted all kinds of suicide missions, though they were not called that. They were missions with perhaps only a 1% chance of returning alive. Why did Americans do that?

I think the exact same motivations would apply to suicide attacks on Americans.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)