The Roots of Fanaticism

A car bomb devastates the U.S. embassy in Beirut. Another car bomb obliterates the Marine barracks outside Beirut Airport. Assassins cut down the president of the American University of Beirut. A car bomb wrecks the American embassy annex in East Beirut. After each of these terrorist attacks, and many others, the phone rings in a news agency somewhere in the Middle East and an anonymous caller claims responsibility for the carnage in the name of Islamic Jihad.

Unseen, unknown, apparently unstoppable, Islamic Jihad may not even exist. It could be merely a cover name for a loose confederation of Muslim Shi'ite...

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