On Terrorism

On Terrorism

We are in for an increasingly hard time of it. Like bad money in circulation, individual terrorism and acts of violence committed in the name of “the revolution” have a way of showing up cyclically. While the California kidnapping of the young Hearst woman still unresolved at the time of this writing—may not necessarily stimulate similar criminal actions in the country, such deeds are now clearly part of a worldwide phenomenon.

The current wave of terrorism has added a whole new vocabulary to international language: Palestinian Fedayeen, Uruguayan Tupamaros, Indian Naxelites, Chilean Miristas, etc.—all living by “the deed”: kidnapping, summary trial and execution, skyjacking, and airport or Munich massacres. It is a sordid and increasingly repulsive story.

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