A New Constellation of Terror
This chapter provides some concluding reflections on Hannah Arendt's ideas and the concept of terror. It argues that despite Arendt's limited familiarity with sociology, she did raise some astute objections to aspects of its treatment of National Socialism. The discussion considers totalitarianism and radical Islamism, the character of Bolshevik and National Socialist totalitarianism, and modern Islamist terror, concluding that the destruction of the world is possible but improbable. Most terrorism is a resounding failure if success is measured by the terrorists' ability to achieve their policy objectives—to the extent that they have clear objectives.
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