purpose of this website is to provide an anatomy of
terrorism, one which is not being discussed in the media.
It is, however, one that contributes considerable sense
to what has been to date, almost entirely unfathomable.
is an anatomy that the world ignores at its very real peril.
ANATOMY OF TODAY'S TERRORISM
these acts of unspeakable evil defy our comprehension, we
must retain our certainty that these are the cowardly actions
of weak and insane minds, minds that have been psychologically
indoctrinated to feel nothing about the mass murder of innocent
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the wake of the horrific recent terrorist attacks in the United
States, there are many questions that remain unanswered. However,
there is one unnerving question that is on everyone's mind.
sort of human being can be so cold-heartedly cruel and violently
destructive of others and self, methodically planning and executing
mass murder and suicide, with no apparent sense of the sheer inhumanity
of their plan?"
the words may vary, the essential question remains the same. Put
more simply, "What sort of person is capable of such evil?"
unthinkably hellish act has assaulted far more than innocent lives
and our physical environment; it has assaulted our very senses.
There is however, a way to face up to even the utterly unconfrontable:
compare it to events with which we are already familiar—
in effect, take a gradient approach to it. For the truth is, we
have been here before, only to a more isolated or lesser degree.
the insanity of Hitler's "final solution" and Nazi design,
which terrorized the world 60 years ago, or Karadzic's or Milosevic's
equally insane "ethnic cleansing" and terrorist purges
in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 90's. While we may be emotionally insulated
from these horrors by time or geography, the similarities are apparent.
consider also that on April 20, 1999, in Colorado, USA, Columbine
High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting
spree, killing 12 students and one teacher, wounding 23 others,
and finally shooting themselves.
While on a comparatively minor scale, how
is this similar to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington,
DC? What about inexplicable and unexpected violence, terror, innocent
victims, death, destruction and the suicide of the protagonists,
to name a few? And again, we asked the demoralizing question, "What
sort of person is capable of such evil?"
"experts" tell us that such terror merchants are not insane,
mad or irrational. Is a terrorist therefore born with an innate
impulse to butcher thousands of innocent people and terrorize millions
more, while harboring a suicidal impulse? Is a terrorist someone
of specific nationality, race or religion?
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