When I grow up, I want to be a disposable timer!
The four young Britons who blew themselves up on 7/7, killing 52 of their more normal life-loving neighbors, were not needed as guidance systems for the bombs. There were no hijacked planes to pilot, nor any truck bomb to steer.
Neither were they needed as a disguise for the bombs. The subways are hardly secure areas behind checkpoints. Anyone may enter or leave; and the bombs were in bags, not worn as vests. Had the terrorists left the bombs under the seats and exited, they would have killed just as many unarmed commuters as they did by setting them off in their hands. Madrid proved that.
As best I can tell, there was no tactical necessity for the London bombers to die.
No, the four men that died voluntarily in the blasts did so simply because they aspired to be egg timers. It was, apparently, the only role in the attack that they could imagine for themselves in which they got to die. And a glorious death was the goal around which everything else was planned.
Read the entire article on the Human Events Online website (new window will open).