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photoShehzad Tanweer, Hasib Mir Hussain, and Mahammed Sadique Khan were the three young British Muslims, who along with a fourth bomber, detonated explosives in London's underground subway and on a double-decker bus last week. The attacks in the morning rush-hour killed at least 52 people, injured 700 and are being called the first homegrown suicide bombings in Britain.

With the exception of 9/11, the West has been largely spared from the devastating attacks all too common in Israel and Iraq. Now the foot soldiers are on the move and, according to Professor Robert Pape, they are not inspired by religious fundamentalism as much as they are by the strategic goal of compelling the United States to pull out of the Middle East.

Tune in for more on Britain's homegrown suicide bombings and the new foot soldiers in the war on terror.

Guests:

Robert Pape, professor of political science at University of Chicago and author of "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism";

Peter Bergen, fellow of the New America Foundation and author of "Holy War Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.";

Michael Goldfarb, WBUR correspondent. He reported on the appeal of radical Islam to young British Muslims in the documentary "British Jihad".

This program aired on July 13, 2005.

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