TERRY EAGLETON IS

Maenads and Jihadis
January 23, 2006

Holy Terror By Terry Eagleton (Oxford University Press, 148 pp., $22) Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism By Robert A. Pape (University of Chicago Press, 335 pp., $25.95) The first and often the only thing one knows about a suicide bomber is that he is someone with more to die for than to live for. That such a person would make use of his readiness to suffer quickly, horribly, and finally is not a recent development in the history of nations. Nor does it exhibit a peculiarly modern form of radical evil.