A note on terrorists, whoever they are
Author and TV documentary maker, Michael Burleigh, author of ‘Blood & Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism’ (published by Harper Press) which investigates the terrorist mindset, said on ‘Start the Week’, BBC Radio 4, Mon 18 Feb 2008:
“Many terrorists have a very dim perception and understanding of the actual intellectual causes they purport to represent. One of the Bader Meinhof people said, “We half read a lot of theory which we fully understood…Police interrogations and studies of [terrorists] who have been arrested in this country have shown that they have quite a limited understanding of their religion.”
Michael Burleigh was a Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History at the University of Cardiff and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.