[Air-l] Hitler & Bin Laden: The Psychology of Terror
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Wed Sep 7 11:21:44 PDT 2005
Words fail me . . .
Orion Anderson wrote:
>HITLER AND BIN LADEN: The Psychology of Terror
>By Richard A. Koenigsberg
>Nazism was conceived by Hitler as a religion. He declared, "We do not want
>to have any other God-only Germany." For the true believer, belief is
>threatened by the existence of non-believers. Acts of terror such as the
>Final Solution and bombing of the World Trade Center are designed to create
>shock and awe-to compel belief in the face of disbelief. Acts of destruction
>proclaim, "This is the fate of those who do not believe in our God." Acts of
>terror are undertaken as "proof."
>The true believer finds it intolerable that other people do not bow down to
>the object that he worships. Men fanatically attached to an ideology-such as
>Hitler and Bin Laden-react with rage when they imagine the existence of
>others who do not share their belief; do not worship the object that they
>worship. Non-believers evoke doubt. Acts of terror are designed to destroy
>doubt by crushing classes of people designated as non-believers.
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>HITLER & BIN LADEN: The Psychology of Terror
>Acts of terror derive from attachment to an object conceived to be
>omnipotent and are performed in the name of this object. The object with
>which the terrorist identifies works within and through his body, compelling
>him to perform suicidal and murderous acts. Through the act of violence, the
>terrorist seeks to make manifest the power of the God that he worships. The
>act of terror declares: "This is what happens to those who do not believe.
>No one can escape the wrath of our God."
>The purpose of acts of warfare, genocide and terror is to assert or affirm
>the omnipotence of an idea or entity with which a people or group identify.
>Acts of violence are undertaken in order to persuade others-non-believers-of
>the power of one's God or nation. How does one know that a societal entity
>exists? How does one know that it possesses power? Imaginary objects come
>into being by virtue of collective acts of destruction performed in their
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