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Terrorism: the Medea Syndrome

Terrorism: the Medea Syndrome

  • September 14, 2014
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Violence is a recurring theme in  Greek classical drama,  and the works of the three great tragic dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes.     All three were citizens of a democratic Athenian state that waged wars of conquest as well as defensive wars against foreign aggression, and some of them participated in these wars.  ...

Lost in the Fear Factory

  • August 25, 2014
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As anybody who has ever been exposed to a dangerous or life-threatening situation knows, fear is not a particularly useful emotion.   At an individual level, it can paralyse the resolve and confidence that you need to survive or go forward, undermine the mental clarity required to take essential decisions, and reduce you to a...

Is Richard Dawkins a Terrorist?

  • April 03, 2014
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I’ve always thought that Richard Dawkins is more arrogant than anyone has a right to be, and some of his statements suggest that he isn’t without a streak of bigotry.   But now, thanks to the Saudi Arabian government, I know that he is a far more sinister character than I had realisedt.

This is because...

Stateless in Djibouti

Stateless in Djibouti

  • February 07, 2014
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It takes a lot to shock the Daily Mail, as far as the treatment of Muslim terrorists by Her Majesty’s Government is concerned.     In October 2012, however,   the Mail   published the story of Mahdi Hashi, a 23-year-old former care worker from Camden, who has apparently been held since the summer at the...

Fearful Symmetries

  • May 27, 2013
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At the end of a sad and horrible week, in which the brutal murder of a British soldier in Woolwich has unleashed dark forces that are more likely than ever to place all British Muslims under a state of siege,   The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland chose to berate Ken Livingstone and ‘the left’ for suggesting...

Murder in Woolwich

  • May 23, 2013
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I didn’t look at the news until quite late last night, so I wasn’t aware of the disgusting horror-spectacle in Woolwich until shortly before going to bed.     I went to sleep, as many people probably did,   with the image of a ‘holy warrior’ with bloody hands holding a meat cleaver firmly imprinted...

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