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In a case like More’s, we may speak, then, of the pneumopathological condition of a thinker who, in his revolt against the world as it has been created by God, arbitrarily omits an element of reality in order to create the fantasy of a new world. 25 24. Bruce Hoffman, who has spent as much time as anyone analyzing the operations of terrorists, recently looked to T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom for a suitable vocabulary to describe the new terrorists. ” Hoffman, “Rethinking Terrorism,” 3o7 .

44. Laqueur, The New Terrorists, 81 . 45. Ajami, “The Uneasy Imperium,” 17 . 46. Wright, Sacred Rage, 12o . Thus Sheikh Omar Bakri, an Islamist cleric in London, lives on the largesse of the British taxpayer ( [London] Daily Mirror, September 7, 1996 ); likewise the education of Mohammad Atta was largely paid for by German taxpayers. ” 47 These experiences are not just psychological difficulties associated with adjustment to the dislocations of immigration, but have an important spiritual dimension as well.

What makes it exceptional for Clausewitz is a second attribute of war: primitive violence must be disciplined and directed by military commanders in order to achieve rational military aims (Ziele). The definition of what can serve as a military aim or goal depends, in turn, upon the third aspect, the political purposes (Zwecke) of the government that the army and its commander serve. That is, Ziele are determined by Zwecke, not vice versa. In the eighteenth century, battles might be decisive because wars were fought in the interests of states.

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