This is an open thread because I think some of us still cling to the old illusions as to what is terrorism. However most of my readers are out in front . The problem is we are clinging to a 1970 mentality that is not relevant.
In the 70's there was a romantic aura that surrounded some . The terrorist was portrayed as an idealist fighing for a cause . There was a twisted for of romance that never had any relation to reality. Thus the IRA ,Red Army and PLO were portrayed incorrectly by a largely left wing press.
What we have learned is that people like Abu Nidal and Mougniyah were basicaly assets of certain rouge states. Most function as mercenaries for a price. Bin Ladden has met with Mougniyah and Abu Nidal. The myth that terrorist do not collaberate unless their cause is correct is also hurting the war on terror.
I think we have to change match the reality of the world today. This is an open thread so I want to hear from everyone . is the old wisdom outdated ?