Saturday, October 18, 2008


Here's an interesting article from a security professional in which he argues that argues that terrorism is more often a social act than a political act; that is, more in the realm of social psychology. If that's so, our methods of fighting terrorists might be completely wrong. Hmmm.....

The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Terrorists

(originally published on

Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and CIA veteran, wrote a book called Understanding Teror Networks in which he argued pretty much the same thing - that suicide bombers enter that world through and with friends. No evil recruiters are necessary.

I have used Sageman's book in my class at CASA.


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