Violent extremism may or may not be lethal. Lethal extremism may or may not be violent.
We encounter the word “extremism” a lot these days. In the U.S., President Donald Trump uses the word a lot. In his recent speech in Saudi Arabia he spoke strongly about the need to rid places of worship, communities, the Holy Land, and even the Earth itself, of terrorists and extremists. (Perhaps there is more than a little extremism and terrorism in this speech itself?) Terrorism and extremism most definitely are blights upon the Earth today. In the world today, as in President Trump’s speech, they are frequently found going hand in hand.
Terrorism, as it is most widely recognized today, is an intentional action designed to inflict terror upon a “target population”. That is pretty much how I have found it in dictionary definitions. Unless one has totally ignored world…
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