I found an excellent Sunday morning read, posted on ZNet, by Isreali dissident, Moche Machover. He questions our perceptions of suicide bombers and shows that they are nothing new. He points out that this is a weapon used by; the oppressed, and not a tool of the oppressors. This, I think, we would do well to remember.
And who was the first suicide bomber of note? That would be Samson.