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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 16.02.10 | 02:44 (IST)

    And three or four decades ago a scan of the press would have told of terrorists in Germany, France, the USA - all 'Christian' nations. Were one to read Haaretz of 70 years ago the names Irgun and Stern Gang would have appeared frequently. Go back 100 years and you would read of Anarchists and 'The Deed." Terrorism is not inherent to any nation or religion. And yes, I know something of the history of Islam. You want to talk about Jewish Terrorism when do we begin? With 'suicide stabbers' taking out Roman Legionnaires? The rise of radical Islam had it's causes Yonatan, but they had nothing to do with any intrinsic characteristic of the religion. Any more than the Ku Klux Klan had anything to do with Christianity. When dealing with terrorism it is best to not delude oneself about the nature of the threat or how to divide it from popular support. For as Abraham Stern learned, a terrorist who is not supported by the population he lives in is doomed.

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    First published 15:45 15.02.10 | Last updated 15:47 15.02.10
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