Married Terrorists Up Stakes
By Micah Halpern
Saturday November 12, 2005
I've Been Thinking:
It was a first.
There are certain rules, certain givens, a standard M.O. for suicide bombers.
While we always knew that there was no standard profile to look for, there were always cues, behaviors, attitudes that gave people away, what gamblers would call "tells." A couple going about their romantic way does not usually arouse the suspicion of security forces. They look for unusual interaction, not natural attraction. A married couple about to murder and commit suicide is almost impossible to detect.
From the terrorist point of view, it is much more difficult to recruit a couple than a single individual.