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Yes, but the potency of political violence is principally to extend the authority of the state. The first response of electorates is always to ask of the exceutive "what are you doing to protect us ?" Cue authoritarianism.

The advantage of political violence is never with the lone actor, only with the state. This is especially true when most perpetrators of violence are extremely naive about what they are trying to achieve and how their actions are supposed to advance their cause towards that goal. They are more wedded to the nihilism of destruction than the usefulness (or otherwise) of any action.

I'm not about to give any advice on an open forum about how better to structure a terror campaign, but, however horrific, I'm genuinely relieved that most of them haven't got a clue.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 06:35:12 AM EST

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