The Morality of Terrorism - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080263472, 9781483159584

The Morality of Terrorism

1st Edition

Religious and Secular Justifications

Editors: David C. Rapoport Yonah Alexander
eBook ISBN: 9781483159584
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
Page Count: 400
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The Morality of Terrorism: Religious and Secular Justifications examines ""terrorist tradition"" from its origin in the revealed religions to its present manifestations, which are largely secular though not exclusively so. Important common themes running through all the essays are the moral climate that produces terrorism, the doctrines terrorists used to justify themselves, and the moral predicaments terrorists create. The book is organized into three parts. The essays in Part I focus on religious terror. Topics covered include the successful efforts of Jewish terrorists in the first century to provoke a popular uprising; the myths of Prometheus and Satan; and the myths and fantasies in the minds of terrorists and how these myths are related to the ramshackle world of Western civilization. Part II deals with various forms of state terror. It includes essays such as the French Reign of Terror and Nazi terrorism. Part III, devoted to rebel terror, includes essays such as terrorists' justifications and their abilities to demonstrate sincerity though suffering; and responses to rebel terrorism by communities deeply committed to protecting individual rights.

Table of Contents



Part I: Religious Terror

Introduction to Part I

Chapter 1 Terror and the Messiah: An Ancient Experience and Some Modern Parallels

Chapter 2 Models of Rebellion

Chapter 3 The Unraveling of the Myth of Progress

Chapter 4 International Terrorism and the Just War

Chapter 5 Liberation Theology: Its Methodological Foundation for Violence

Part II: State Terror

Introduction to Part II

Chapter 6 The French Revolution: "Jacobin Terror"

Chapter 7 Fascism's Philosophy of Violence and The Concept of Terror

Chapter 8 Nazi Terrorism: The Complete Trap and the Final Solution

Chapter 9 Document on Terror

Part III: Rebel Terror

Introduction to Part III

Chapter 10 The Moral Issue: Some Aspects of Individual Terror

Chapter 11 Terrorism: The Immorality of Belief

Chapter 12 Guilt Transfer

Chapter 13 Do Terrorists Have Rights?

Chapter 14 The Laws of War and Terrorism

Chapter 15 Eliminating the Terrorist Opportunity

Selected Bibliography


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