BOBBY KENNEDY, O Magazine, February 2007
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, "Terrorism: Notes Toward a Definition"
The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
JACQUES CHIRAC, speech, September 24, 1986
When I say that terrorism is war against civilization, I may be met by the objection that terrorists are often idealists pursuing worthy ultimate aims -- national or regional independence, and so forth. I do not accept this argument. I cannot agree that a terrorist can ever be an idealist, or that the objects sought can ever justify terrorism. The impact of terrorism, not merely on individual nations, but on humanity as a whole, is intrinsically evil, necessarily evil and wholly evil.
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HJohn, I don't mean to imply that four legs are good and two legs or bad. Or the same for "liberals" and "conservatives," labels that really don't mean anything any more.
It does pull things together quite well but...
The figures quoted where about twice that I have been shown before (~27K) which is so,mewhat comparable to the UK after population size normaliosation.
Your second paragraph is a little problematic,
You can't not think in terms of stories, that is simply how our minds work. All you can do is to try to keep that (in the form of "intuition") from preventing the adequate weighing of statistics, probabilities, and explicit evidence that can't easily be fit into narratives.