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Middle-Class Suicide Bombers

Economist Alan Krueger‘s excellent work on terrorism — which we’ve discussed before — comes to the conclusion that suicide bombers tend to be surprisingly well-educated. They are not generally the poorest of the poor; in fact, they are more likely to be middle class members of society.

Now it turns out that further support for Krueger’s assertions is coming from an unlikely source: the video game Halo 3.

Clive Thompson, extremely well-educated and certainly middle-class at the least, describes in Wired how Halo 3 turned him into a suicide bomber.

(Hat tip: Ravin Pierre.)