From the Terrorists' Point of View: What They Experience and by Fathali M. Moghaddam

By Fathali M. Moghaddam

Featuring an image of the area giving upward thrust to Islamic terrorism, From the Terrorists' viewpoint argues that terrorism arises from a deep and pervasive id predicament in Islamic societies. The account awarded in those 10 chapters is formed via the author's first-hand stories of lifestyles within the Islamic global, in addition to his greater than quarter-century of study at the psychology of clash and radicalism. Moghaddam indicates us why people who are recruited into terrorist enterprises are confident it's the in basic terms potential substitute. they think there aren't any potent criminal technique of expressing their grievances and collaborating in determination making, so that they turn into socialized to work out terrorist firms as valid. The corporations they sign up for educate them to undertake an us vs. them specific view, seeing all contributors outdoor their staff, together with civilians, as one of the evil enemy ranks.Looking on the standpoint of the terrorist teams themselves, Moghaddam explains why present U.S. coverage, focusing nearly completely on person terrorists and their eradication, will in attaining in simple terms temporary earnings. He argues that the more advantageous long term coverage opposed to terrorism is prevention. That, he writes, calls for cultivation and nourishment of contextualized democracy via culturally applicable avenues. purely permitting humans a better voice and growing mobility possibilities for them will make sure that they don't think a necessity to climb the staircase to terrorism.

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The answers to these questions depend in large part on how they think their group is seen. In many Islamic communities, in both Western and non-Western societies, the young have come to see themselves as belonging to a deprived, unfairly treated group. This image of the self and the ingroup as unfairly treated, as downtrodden, has profound consequences, and I return to this topic later in this discussion. Materialist Explanations At the other extreme from Freud’s psychodynamic, irrationalist theory are a set of materialist theories that for the most part assume human behavior to be rational.

At first glance, this claim may seem unacceptable from an American cultural perspective, where “rugged individualism” is celebrated so regularly and loudly. However, consider that the identity associated with “rugged individualism” is itself embedded in, and utterly dependent on, the collective American culture. Characters Identity Needs and Globalization 27 played by John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, the lone Shayne-type cowboy characters who ride into town alone to fight and win the good fight and then ride out of town alone, are actually completely dependent on a particular cultural context.

The leader guides members to love one another as brothers and sisters within the group, and this “illusion of mutual love” serves as the basis for group solidarity and cohesion. Identity Needs and Globalization 17 But in Freudian psychology emotional ties always have a negative as well as a positive side, reflecting destructive as well as constructive forces in human nature. In all love relationships, there is hatred and enmity, both manifest and latent. Love and hate always exist side by side.

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