The Terrorist: An Implacable Enemy of This World

He cropped up anywhere and everywhere: aboard an airliner after takeoff from Athens; on the bridge of a Mediterranean cruise liner; in a downtown street in San Salvador; and last week at crowded air terminals in Rome and Vienna. Wherever he appeared, his victims, if they were not murdered outright, faced endless hours or days of anarchy and wrenching fear, often accompanied by harsh rantings about some strange and often incomprehensible political creed. Once again the terrorist, the sinister perpetrator of violence in the name of politics, showed himself to be, as the 19th century Russian Revolutionary Sergei Nechayev put it,...

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