How did you find this "expert"? How did you decide that he is the "number one expert"? Did you perchance look at Riaz Hassan's worK?"The appeal to authority often leads to what is called "cherry-picking," which means seeking out only sources that support one's point of view."
How am I cherry "picking," When I present you with the leading expert on Suicide? That's "cherry Picking?"
He has the worlds largest date base on suicide bombers, yet that's "cherry picking."
I pick the number one expert. Not the one I like. Not a Muslim on. But someone who is a leader in their field. Tell me how that is "cherry picking?"
Scott Atran's ("Whereas they once primarily consisted of organized campaigns by militarily weak forces aiming to end the perceived occupation of their homeland, as argued by University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape in Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,5 suicide attacks today serve as banner actions for a thoroughly modern, global diaspora inspired by religion and claiming the role of vanguard for a massive, media-driven transnational political awakening.")?
Adam Lankford's? Sreedhara Menon's? How about Robert Kurz and Charles Bartles?
No, you settled on a single source and cited it as the "number one," the implication being that anyone who disagreed with it had to be wrong because they were less knowledgeable.
That's cherry-picking as a result of reliance on argumentation from authority.
In your defensiveness, you sound very young, very quick to take criticism personally and react without thinking the possibility that it offers insights that could be of value to you. That's a mistake. Criticism can be a impetus for growth for mature thinkers. Why not take a step back, retreat from the fray of battle/debate, and take a look at resources that could aid in your intellectual growth? In forums such as this, one often learns more from adversaries than from friends.