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Movie Review: The Cult of the Suicide Bomber

Alternate Title: The Killing Fields

Story: Die young, die stupid.

Ex CIA operative Robert Baer, whose George Clooney character in Syriana was based upon, takes us on a scary journey to the hubs of these suicide bomber's locales. He attempts to trace the origin of this terror tactic. He pinpoints a 13 year old Iranian boy's suicide in 1983 as the beginning of this now global problem.

Baer was stationed in Lebanon in 1983 when the American Embassy was blown up. He was not in the building but knew most of the 63 people who died. His personal mission to this day is to find out who perpetrated this crime. He infers that Iran had a hand in it and traces the roots of these bombing directly to Ayatollah Khomeini.

Directors and producers Sean Batty and Kevin Toolis have Baer traveling to many of the hot spots that are definitely not on your must travel list. He goes to speak with members of Hezbollah, travels in Lebanon and to Iran. He meets the parents of these bombers, who refuse to call them suicide bombers, but always refer to them as martyrs.

The film raises lots of questions and while I did not agree with some of the views about the politics of the region it was a fascinating study about this current phenomenon. What started as a tactic of war is now just a tactic of terror and chaos. In the beginning it was used only against military targets but today it seems most effective when they attack civilians.

What do these young people want? Is this just an historical blip in our war weary world? Will everyone just get used to the randomness of these attacks?

I am afraid this film points to some dismal conclusions that these are 'Rebels Without a Cause' these days. It is a virus that is spreading throughout the Islamic world and it effects all of us.

Acting: It is a documentary. Not applicable.

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Critters: None

Food: Fruit plates aplenty.

Squirm Scale: Very squirmy indeed

Drift Factor: Too scared to drift.

Predictability Level: It does not have a happy ending.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine if you can take the depression of this topic.

Length: 90 minutes