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An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan

By Brian Keenan

Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a metamorphosis of scene from his local Belfast. He grew to become headline information whilst he was once abducted by way of fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held within the suburbs of Beirut for the subsequent 4 and a part years. for a lot of that point he was once close off from all information and speak to with someone except his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, among them John McCarthy.

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S. S. government and beyond has come to perceive the terrorist threat to have evolved into something quite different. As Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff summed it up in April 2007, ‘‘We are at war with a global movement and ideology whose members seek to advance totalitarian aims through terrorism. . al Qaeda and its ilk. . adapted to the 21st century global network. . S. S. S. ’’4 Inspired by a common creed, apparently autonomous, home-grown, self-starter cells of jihadists have given elusive form to the threats with which the West and its allies confront.

Johann Most, Freiheit, January 12, 1884; September 13, 1884. 23. Richard M. Kirk, ‘‘Political Terrorism and the Size of Government: A Positive Institutional Analysis of Violent Political Strategy,’’ Public Choice 40 (Spring 1983): 41–52. 24. Hoffman, Inside Terrorism, 7. 25. Jenkins, The Study of Terrorism, 2. 26. Ibid. 27. Hoffman, Inside Terrorism, 15. 28. , 33 29. E. Vanden, ‘‘State Policy and the Cult of Terror in Central America,’’ Contemporary Research in Terrorism, ed. M. Stewart (Aberdeen, UK: Aberdeen University Press, 1987) 259.

30 However, this diminishes the scope of the phenomenon. Care must be taken to separate terrorists from acts of terror—regardless of actor. The value-laden aspect of the word terrorism is addressed in the next section. Use of the Term Terrorism—Value Statement Another definitional problem is the fact that terrorism has become a pejorative word, which has been used by various groups to win ideological cachet through its use. Vanden addresses this point. ‘‘Terrorism lends itself to subjective definition.

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