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Stages of Acceptance of a New Truth
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is
violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer (born:1788-02-22 died:1860-09-21 at age:72)
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Motives for Terrorism
Every time there is a terrorist attack or terrorist attempt on Canada, Britain or
the USA, the media make comments of the form:
- The attacker had no motive.
- The attacker was a crazed monster.
- The attack was completely irrational.
I would like to point out this is not so. It is mass self deception. The media
conveniently forget the illegal aggressive (first strike)
Afghan and Iraq wars where the west killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. It is
normal for a country attacked, or its sympathisers, to fight back. Disingenuous
surprise at this obvious fact is acting like a Pythonesque twit. Why do they fight
- To deter further attacks. Retaliation with terrorism is rational because the west
has been committing terrorist acts (namely killing civilians). Recall that the allies
committed terrorism by bombing Dresden to retaliate Hitler’s buzz bombing of
- Though not particularly morally admirable, it is still rational to seek revenge
for past atrocities including torture and the use of banned weapons such as white
phosphorus and depleted uranium.
- The motivation of the terrorists is considerably more rational than that of
western soldiers who killed without motive other than personal sadism when their
nations were in no danger.
Obviously, the west should do everything to deter such attacks, but they should not
deceive themselves that the attacks are the work of madmen. They should also keep their
eyes open to their part is motivating the attacks rather that deceiving themselves they
have been perfect Boy Scouts.