Terrorism in the Mind of the Age

Terrorism in the Mind of the Age

William J. Olson

Terrorism in the Mind of the Age
While terrorism has a modern face, it is not new. The question is how to distinguish old from new, or identify the differences that make up the current circumstances of terrorism.
The contention here is that there is no approach to understanding the role of modern terrorism without a grasp of the consequences of the growth of the modern itself and the opposition to it; that there is no way through the study of Islam, for example, to understand bin Ladin and al-Qa’ida, for all the Islamism in their rhetoric, without grasping the critical role played by modernization. The modern age, which began as an idea not a technique or a practice, created its own sociology, its own reality, one that has gradually supplanted what came before it in men’s minds. Terrorism is the child of an age and it springs from the mind not from objective situations, or at least not before those situations have been filtered through a perspective lens.
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