I thread was inspired from one of abu afaks links, it talks about the story of samson, he is almost a suicide bomber if you think about it.
"Samson said to the servant who held his hand, "Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them." Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. Then Samson prayed to the LORD, "O Sovereign LORD , remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes." Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. (Judges 16:26-30)"
Samsom as Terrorist
Reading the story of Samson for myself was a shock. I wanted to tell the story to my daughter orally, as it was originally told, instead of reading it out of a "Bible story" book. To get the story right, I opened the Bible and read about Samson.
To the Hebrews, Samson was a folk hero, someone who killed many, many Philistines. But that's really all there is to it. He killed a lot of people, most of them civilians, whose crime was that they were Philistines. His most famous story is how he killed all these soldiers with nothing but an ass's jawbone. Christians (and maybe Jews, I don't know) like telling that story because it portrays Samson killing soldiers, but he starts his career by killing a bunch of Philistines just to make a point.
Here's how his first act of terror goes. Samsom marries a Philistine. Then he challenges thirty Philistines with a riddle, betting them "thirty sheets and thirty change of garments" that they can't solve it. When they solve the riddle, Samson knows his wife has betrayed him, giving them the answer. To get the sheets and garments, he kills a bunch of Philistines:
"And the Spirit of Yahweh came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments to those who had expounded the riddle."
That's just the start. His story is a series of massacres. He torches fields, massacres Philistines, kills a thousand with the jawbone of an ass. He dallies with a harlot in Gaza, and
then falls in love with Delilah. He's captured, but eventually he pulls the temple down around him, killing three thousand people:
"So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life."
This guy isn't a hero by modern standards. He's a terrorist.
What are your opinions on this?